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South West Youth Impact Network

South West Forum hosts the South West Youth Impact Network with support from Centre for Youth Impact. The Network brings together youth sector organisations who are engaged in, or want to know more about measuring their impact, providing information, training, case studies, coaching and advice.

Any organisation with an interest in working with young people can join the network – for more information on the network, or to join, please contact Gill Millar - gill@southwestforum.org.uk or 07930 550322


South West Youth Impact Network Meeting 
23rd March 2017 in Taunton, 10.30am to 3pm. 

Speakers include Dr Sue Cooper from University of St Mark & St John Plymouth (Marjon), discussing Transformative Evaluation using young people's own stories, and the multi-national project Marjon is co-ordinating. More details and online registration...

South West Forum can provide guidance and coaching for youth sector organisations wanting to develop their approaches to impact measurement. To explore this further, contact Gill Millar the Network Co-ordinator on gill@southwestforum.org.uk or 07930 550322

Social investment and the youth sector
Centre for Youth Impact has announced a new research project to understand the knowledge and use of social investment by youth sector organisations this article... explains more about the project. If your organisation has used or is considering social investment Centre for Youth Impact would love to hear from you.

Social Impact Bonds for the Youth Sector
The Life Chances Fund (LCF) will be open for Expressions of Interest to develop Social Impact Bonds in the themes of early years and young people from 4 January 2017 to 28 February 2017. Applications are sought from local commissioners, service providers and intermediaries who seek to use Social Impact Bonds to tackle complex social problems that affect children and young people.
The early years theme aims to support children from pre-birth to age 5, who are at risk of poor attainment, behaviour and health outcomes. The young people theme focuses on reducing the risk of negative social, economic and health outcomes amongst disadvantaged young people from ages 11-24.

The £80m Fund was launched in July 2016 with the objective of helping those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. The fund contributes to outcome payments for Social Impact Bonds.
If you have any questions about LCF, visit their website here... for full details.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss further questions with the LCF team, please send an email to lifechancesfund@biglotteryfund.org.uk

For further information on Outcomes Based Commissioning and Social Impact Bonds, please visit the website of the Government Outcomes Lab.