News: Personal Development Project Funding for Sale West

Sale West and Ashton-on-Mersey Partnership (SWAP) Personal Development Project Brief

Background Information
The Sale West and Ashton-on-Mersey Partnership (SWAP) is a multi-agency, cross-sector partnership, which includes the local authority, PCT, housing associations, voluntary and community groups, churches, schools, residents and councillors, who are all working together to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Sale West Estates. The Partnership’s vision is “A community that flourishes and demonstrates quality of life in a safe, happy, healthy, clean and tidy environment, together”

The Partnership covers four Lower Super Output Areas. Deprivation in three out of these four areas is high, especially in relation to health deprivation and disability, employment and income. A Community Needs Assessment was carried out in May 2010 (copy attached with this brief) which gives more details information about the area, its assets, issues and needs.

Strategic Health Authority
SWAP was successful in securing funding from the Strategic Health Authority for a two year programme (January 2011 to December 2012) of activities which focus on capitalising on the skills, experiences, motivations and potential of local residents, with the overall aim of strengthening and building the neighbourhood, to result in increased and sustainable local social capital. One of these activities is the Personal Development Project. We wish to commission an individual or agency to lead on this piece of work.

Personal Development Project Outline
This project will be run over 18 months, finishing in December 2012. There is £8000 available to support this project. VCAT is managing this funding and wishes to commission an individual or agency to lead on delivering the project.

The aim of this project is to support residents to achieve their potential. This will be done by providing support in the form of mentoring, buddying, informal support on a one-to-one and group basis.

The project will work with residents to help them:

  • Identify their skills and strengths, and areas where they would like to develop
  • Enable them to clarify and pursue their aspirations
  • Build their confidence and motivation levels
  • Access volunteering and / or learning opportunities
  • Move into paid work and / or formal learning

This could be delivered via:

  • One-to-one meetings with residents
  • Tailored workshops, training courses or learning events
  • Other group-based activities
  • Organised peer mentoring / buddying
  • Accompanying individuals to interviews, open days, appointments etc

There is a budget of £7250 to cover this project.

They wish to commission an individual or agency with substantial experience of providing this kind of support to deliver this project. They would expect the individual / agency to have experience of working in similar communities, on similar projects. Local knowledge and / or links would be a strong advantage.

A partnership approach would be welcomed, where different agencies / individuals bring complementing areas of expertise. This project will demand a degree of flexibility as residents’ needs will lead how and when it is delivered.

There is little suitable space to base this project within the local community, but we will identify private meeting space that can be used to for one-to-one meetings (we also anticipate that many residents may prefer home-based support). If an individual is appointed we would expect them to work from home for a proportion of this work (therefore costs such as phone calls and a contribution to utilities bills should be costed into the bid). Alternatively, VCAT may be able to provide a base to work from.

Reporting and Accountability
The individual / agency carrying out the work will be expected to meet on a regular basis with VCAT to give progress reports and to discuss any problems. They will also be required to keep simple monitoring and evaluation records - these will be agreed with VCAT at the onset of the project.

Payment will be made at the end of each quarter, on receipt of an invoice.

Expressions of Interest
A written expression of interest should be submitted by 5 pm Friday 17th June 2011, to Maya Sharma, Development Worker, VCAT, Park House, 73 Northenden Road, Sale, Manchester M33 2DG or emailed to

The expression of interest should detail:

  • How you envisage delivering the project within the budget and timescale. This should include: the kinds of activities you would deliver, how many residents you would envisage working with; a broad timetable for the project; which agencies you would link with; etc.
  • Examples of recent relevant work, and details of any local links / knowledge you may be able to draw on.
  • How you would monitor and evaluate the success of the project
  • When you would be available to start the project, and any constraints on your availability over between now and December 2012