The Consortium welcomes new members from a diverse range of Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations working with children, young people and families in Rotherham. Our current members range from smaller charities to some of Rotherham’s well established, ‘go-to’ providers, offering a wide range of services.
Membership fees start from as low as £75 per annum and follow a tiered structure based on the annual turnover of your orgnasation. We also have an introductory fee of £75 for the first 12-months which applies to all new members regardless of the size of the organisation.
The benefits our members tell us are all about working equally, having a collective voice to influence change, developing and improving standards, building resilience and capacity, making connections and being part of a network which enables specialist skills, knowledge and expertise to be shared.
All Consortium Members benefit from the following;
- Attending monthly meetings and events organised by the Consortium, including networking, guest speakers and workshops.
- Receiving regular information and news updates, including funding, training, consultation and networking opportunities.
- Get the ‘big picture’ that no single organisation could achieve alone, with our strategic reps and members sharing local intelligence, front line experience, strategic direction, policy changes and specialist / multi agency knowledge
- Access to networking events, workshops, subgroups, and workforce development opportunities organised by the consortium.
Our Members believe in the benefits of working together, so the direction, focus and priorities of the Consortium is led and controlled by them. This is reflected by a Board of Trustees comprising longstanding consortium members and regular consultation with the Strategic Coordinator to ensure consortium activity is continually informed by the needs of its members.
As a registered charity, the consortium uses various models of collaboration when bidding for contracts and grants in order to maximise resources and jointly bring funds into the borough.
Members who are interested this way of working can complete a secondary Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire to become an ‘Accredited Member’ and work together with like minded members to deliver innovative, cost-effective projects such as the Smiles for Miles Base Project.
Who Can Apply?
To maintain the cohesive and collaborative nature of our Consortium, we welcome applications from organisations who are;
- Classified as a Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) organisation.
- Actively delivering services in Rotherham to improve outcomes for Children, Young People and/or Families with a willingness to share experience, learn from and work together with other services
- Operationally stable and have been operating for a minimum of 6 months
- Applying with awareness of and intention to contribute to our mission and vision through active engagement such as; attending meetings and events organised by the consortium, sharing information and best practice, working collectively and contributing to joint-consortia projects.
How to Apply
To express your interest in becoming a member or find out more, please contact Ashley Leggott (CYPF Consortium Strategic Coordinator) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07731021393. Alternatively, you can view our Application and PQQ Process which details what to expect.
Why Join the CYPF Consortium?
|1||Collective Voice||Be part of a powerful, united and collective voice that can bring about changes which individual organisations cannot achieve alone.|
|2||Capacity Building||Join in regular events and opportunities organised by the consortium that will help you to build capacity within your organisations, including; workforce development, safeguarding, contracting, sharing good practice, innovation workshops, guest speakers and networking opportunities.|
|3||Collaborative Ventures||Become an ‘Accredited Member’ to join forces with fellow members in delivering new projects and services developed through joint-consortia funding bids and contracts.|
|4.||Raise your profile||Share information and promote your organisation with other members and key partners, including statutory partners who recognise and value the work of the Consortium.|
|5.||Practical Support||Be supported by the Strategic Coordinator to link in with practical support which can help strengthen your organisation, such as; the Online Safeguarding Self-Assessment and funding / contract readiness.|
|6||Strategic Representation||Utilise our strategic representation across Rotherham’s strategic boards and groups to gain local intelligence, knowledge, best practice and amplify the voice of you and your service users through these platforms.|
|7.||Receive the latest news||Keep up to date electronically with the latest news affecting the delivery of services to children, young people and families, as well as, funding opportunities, data, reports and best practice.|
|8||Help to bring about change||Have your say in consultations, identification of need, policy development and local decision-making affecting children, young people and families in Rotherham.|
“I get a lot from the meetings where members share similar experiences,identify gaps and solidify solutions. Meetings are well attended and having a variety of guest speakers is useful, especially where there are open Q&A’s and the opportunity to follow up and continue discussion.” Kimberworth Park Community Partnership
“The Consortium has been helpful for me to navigate a covid world and get beyond the boundaries. I love the Friday news email and find it super helpful. We have taken a lot of covid guidance from this which has helped Grimm &Co as an organisation.”
Grimm & Co
“The Consortium feels much more like an equal partnership where everyone has an equal voice. Because of this, it feels like there is space for everything and that we can speak up with relevance.”
Rotherham Parent Carers Forum
“TheConsortium is of great value to us as a front-line VCS youth and community organisation. It enables us to be connected to a network of partners within both the VCS and local authority, ensures a coordinated approach to the delivery of activity for children, young people and families across the borough, shares, encourages and embeds best practice, and supports our offer through a wide range of opportunities from joint funding applications to partnership work and projects.”
JADE Youth and Community.