Stop Press - March 2014
We are pleased to announce that our new online membership platform has now been launched.
VOLA is a consortium of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector service providers operating in Liverpool City Region. The consortium exists to provide a formal structure for supporting the VCSE sector in relation to learning, skills, employment support and criminal justice services (crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders) in the area.
Operating as a Social Enterprise and legally constituted in 2013, VOLA Consortium is a Company Ltd by Guarantee (8746685) and is soon to apply for charitable status. However, the consortium has actually been in operation in an unincorporated form since 2007 through a hybrid managing agent/ lead provider model.
VOLA has a strong track record of success in managing and delivering complex and challenging public sector contracts supported by solid business management and support infrastructures and, since its inception, has delivered over £7m of publically funded contracts, supporting 4,000 learners and over 700 employers to date.
The consortium has robust contract, programme and project management processes and, to date (Dec-13), have involved 78 member organisations in the delivery of consortium contracts. Over 100 members have also taken part in capacity building and Quality Improvement activities.
Ambition is a flexible, engaging and supportive programme for young people who are not in education, employment and training (NEET) – or at risk of becoming NEET - and who reside within the boroughs of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
VOLA has again agreed a contract with Sefton Community Learning Service (SCLS - part of Sefton MBC) to deliver learning probision in Sefton from August 2013.VOLA targets this funding at member organisations that can supply effective informal learning to groups of adults aged 19+ living in deprived communities of Sefton who are under-represented in the take-up of existing provision.