Brad­ford VCS Alliance (BVCSA) is seek­ing expres­sions of inter­est from Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor (VCS) providers to deliv­er week­day evening ses­sions at West­bourne Green Health­care Cen­tre between Jan­u­ary and March 2018. This work is part of a wider “Extend­ed Access” project at the West­bourne Green Hub. The over­all project is man­aged by Brad­ford Care Alliance and pro­vides a range of sup­port to peo­ple using 23 GP prac­tices in the sur­round­ing area.
VCS Extend­ed Access ser­vices have been run as a pilot since June, this ends in Decem­ber. As a result of the learn­ing from the pilot, and changes to the hours avail­able, we are seek­ing providers able to sup­port the next stage of this evolv­ing ser­vice. The VCS will pro­vide 2 types of support:
• Wel­fare and Ben­e­fits Advice (12 hours per week)
• Men­tal Well­be­ing sup­port (3 ½ hours per week)
Gen­er­al requirements
• VCS Extend­ed Access ser­vices must be deliv­ered between Mon­day and Thurs­day, 6.30 to 9.30pm
• Regard­less of ser­vice uptake, providers will be avail­able at the Hub for the agreed hours
• Where appro­pri­ate, Hub ser­vices will sign­post peo­ple to oth­er VCS services

Wel­fare, debt and ben­e­fits advice
Each week it will pro­vide 12 hours of wel­fare, debt and ben­e­fits sup­port advice fol­low­ing refer­ral from one of 23 prac­tices sup­port­ed by the hub. Where nec­es­sary peo­ple will be referred onward to the Men­tal Well­be­ing service.
Men­tal well­be­ing support
This will be new sup­port at the Hub, based on feed­back from GPs and peo­ple using their ser­vices. Ini­tial­ly it will pro­vide 3 ½ hours of men­tal well­be­ing sup­port each week fol­low­ing refer­ral from the wel­fare, debt and ben­e­fits advice service.

• Tues­day 5th Decem­ber 3pm – dead­line for pro­vid­ing your expres­sion of interest
• Wednes­day 6th Decem­ber 2017 – meet­ing for providers who’ve sub­mit­ted and expres­sion of interest
• Week com­menc­ing 18th Decem­ber 2017 – over­all approach and VCS Providers agreed
• Mon­day 8th Jan­u­ary 2018 – ser­vices commence
Val­ue: Providers will receive approx­i­mate­ly £30 per hour the ser­vice is avail­able at the Hub
Con­flicts of Inter­est: It is expect­ed that the suc­cess­ful bid­der will not be con­flict­ed in any part of this work.

We wel­come col­lab­o­ra­tive approach­es to deliv­ery. Please send your expres­sion of inter­est using the form pro­vid­ed, to Pol­ly Mel­lor by 3pm Tues­day 5th December

In your Expres­sion of Inter­est please briefly explain how your organ­i­sa­tion has the right expe­ri­ence, skills and capac­i­ty to deliv­er this piece of work. Tell us briefly about the work of your organ­i­sa­tion and the staff you will be involv­ing in this work. Fur­ther to your expres­sion of inter­est, please expect to attend a meet­ing to dis­cuss this on Wednes­day 6th Decem­ber in Brad­ford prob­a­bly between 1 and 2.30 pm (we will con­firm). We are espe­cial­ly keen to encour­age part­ner­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing across the sector.

Extend­ed Access Form

Brad­ford City and Dis­tricts Extend­ed Access Hub VCS Ser­vices Jan to Mar 2018 – Expres­sions of Inter­est sought
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