Welcome to the
Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington website.
Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington (LTCW) is the voluntary sector Learning Consortium for the Cheshire and Warrington Sub-Region. We are a membership organisation which seeks to promote and represent members' interests related to learning and skills development.
LTCW is a Big Assist Provider
LTCW is now an approved Big Assist provider
Big Assist is a programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website: http://www.bigassist.org.uk/ Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations. We can be found in the Big Assist Market Place
The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website: http://www.bigassist.org.uk/
Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington have been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations. We can be found in the Big Assist Market Place
Keep in touch through twitter
You can keep informed by following us on twitter...
as we publish bulletins, news and updates to our website we will tweet and let you know.
LTCW welcomes not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations active in the area to join our learning network. Download an information sheet which explains what we do and the advantages of becoming a member.
To join on-line please go to the "Join Us" page by following this link.
Please note - only third sector organisations active in Cheshire and Warrington are eligible to join LTCW.
If you are not from such an organistion, you can still stay in touch with news on the learning agenda and receive our monthly newsletter which is E-mailed free of charge by registering for our newsletter (see panel to the right).
At the beginning of each month we publish a Training Calendar digest which highlights training opportunities available to the sector. This is a compilation of the training events that are listed on this website for a rolling three month period.
The calendar is published as a separate document to the newsletter and is sent out to all LTCW members every month. Follow this link to the latest training calendar. Organisations who are not members can register to receive the training calendar by e-mail each month by using the "register for our E-newsletter" link to the right of this page.
Training opportunties are also shown on the training pagesof this website or via the calendar to the right of this article – click on to any highlighted date to see what is available.
From time to time member organisations let us know of job vacancies within their own or partner organisations. We include these on our website as a service to our members. You can see what is currently available from this link to our vacancies page.
We would like to hear from you
We regularly undertake surveys of our member organisations to find out whether we are meeting our members' needs - we do this through online surveys, using FluidSurveys who offer a special price for charities and voluntary sector organisations throughthe CTX exchange partner programme.
However if you have any comments about us, our services including this website or would like to suggest some possible content that would be useful to our membership please let us know.
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Altogether Better is one of four national whole place Community Budget pilot areas that will test new, radical and local approaches to delivering public services. It is focussed on the Cheshire West and Chester area.
This programme is about real and lasting change. It will involve reviewing local public services alongside our partner organisations in the public, private, voluntary and community sector.
The Programme aims to tackle the root causes of longstanding problems, promoting early intervention and deploying resources in the most effective way through the pooling of budgets and partnership working across sectors.
To find out more go to the Altogether Better website. LTCW will post the weekly bulletins that outline progress to date on the news area of the LTCW website. All bulletins can be seen on the news area of the Altogether Better website.
Monitoring the Cuts
The TUC sponsored blogsite "False Economy" has recently announced the outcome of their research produced from Freedom of Information requests to local authorities across the UK which highlights more than 2,000 voluntary organisations that have had funding cuts or complete withdrawal of funding.
The False Economy research shows that charities face net funding reductions of more than £110 million this year, though the final figure is likely to be far higher given that some large authorities have not yet finalised where the cuts will hit.
You can access the full information they present as well as access an interactive map presenting the findings at spreadsheet of their reserach from http://falseeconomy.org.uk/blog/exclusive-more-than-2000-charities-and-community-groups-face-cuts
Another website Voluntary Sector Cutsis a collaborative project which maps intelligence about voluntary groups experiencing reductions in public sector funding.
If you're involved in a voluntary or community group which has been told its statutory funding will be reduced, you can be part of this work by sharing your story.
Just fill in a simple online form to share your experiences and the impact the cuts will have on the people who use your services.
Your contribution will be crucial to building a wider picture of the scale of the challenge ahead in your community, your region, or nationally.
Cuts that you share on the voluntary sector cuts website will be made available publicly in a google spreadsheet.
Helping to get Britain On-Line
This is an urgent priority because:
- Only 14 per cent of SMEs sell products and services online (Lloyds Banking Group/ BDRC April 2012)
- ICT is the biggest skills-gap in the charity sector (NCVO)
- 8.2 million people have still NEVER used the internet (ONS Labour Force Survey Feb 2012)
Go ON UK is a radical cross-sector partnership to make the UK the world’s most digitally capable nation where no one – old or disadvantaged- and no organisation – even the smallest – is left behind.
For the first time a national broadcaster, a bank, a utility company, a telecoms provider, a community retail network, a charity and a funder have pledged to work together with the support of the Government to help make the UK the world’s most digitally capable nation in which everyone and every organisation is able to enjoy the social, economic and cultural benefits of the internet. To achieve this they have agreed to share their expertise, resources, reach and networks.
And they are encouraging every organisation and every individual in the UK to join them on this mission. LTCW has signed up as a partner to promote awareness of the campaign.
For further information go to the Go On website