Good day everybody,
Today is Deep Dish Pizza Day. Pizza lovers far and wide will be making the most of Deep Dish Pizza Day. This is your holiday! But first, let us thank Pizzeria Uno’s founder Ike Sewell, without whom this day wouldn’t exist. He is credited with creating the spectacular deep dish pizza in 1943 in Chicago. This wonderfully tasty pizza, also known as Chicago-style pizza, is characterised by a superb buttery crust that can be as high as 3 inches tall, along with generous amounts of flavoursome sauce, toppings and cheese. On this day, get together with friends or family to visit your favourite pizza restaurant and enjoy a wonderful slice (or more) of cheesy goodness.
Don’t fret if you can’t get the exact deep dish pizza – a pan style pizza, thick crusted pizza or pretty much any delicious pizza will do. Better yet, use this day to finally create that perfect pizza you’ve always dreamed of making, and invite others over to share it with you! Unless, of course, you don’t like sharing
• REMINDER Funders’ Audit – The Funders’ A125 Audit visit will be Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April. This gives us just under three weeks for partners to review all MOVE-associated documentation and ensure that it can pass scrutiny. The MOVE team will be working their way through partner’s documents, but will also be involved in quarterly reporting for the first couple of weeks in April, so checking your own files will be a great help to the team. The December newsletter from the BBO Resources page was included in the previous newsletter to help partners.
• Delivery Group Meetings – The next South Delivery Group is Wed 25 April, 10.00-12.00 at Boston Mayflower. In a change to previous information, the North Delivery Group meeting will be held at the VANL premises, 18 April, between 10.00-12.00. Eventbrite invitations have been sent out to all concerned.
• Project Management Board – The next date for the PMB is Tuesday 06 June, 09.30-1.00, at The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln. The Board should note that the meeting will include an end of year 2 evaluation update. Please be aware that this meeting will be held in the larger meeting room at The Showroom. We have additional places available so delivery staff are welcome to attend.
• Notes from the Funders:
We are currently reviewing our guidance and it’s version control. There will therefore be some delays in making updates to the guidance, but the advice below should be followed from now. We apologise for any inconvenience, but hope that this process will be beneficial in the long term. You can find all of our newsletters on our BBO resources page, so please treat these updates as effective from now.
We are aware that the BBO forms and MA data set only recognise male, female or ‘prefer not to say’, leaving no option for a participant to record a non-binary gender. We have raised this issue with the MA and the European Commission and the MA has recently published an Action note on this. As a result, we will be adding an “Other” option to our materials which will then allow the record to be treated as “complete” by the MA in their data set. We will do this as quickly as possible, but in the meantime, we would ask all grant holders to ensure that participants are not excluded from BBO due to the recording of gender.
The first round of Article 125 checks completed by the Managing Authority (MA) identified a number of issues with the 1720 hourly rate calculation for people who are full time but only work part of their time on BBO.
After further discussions with the MA we are presently working on revised guidance for grant holders, which we now expect to issue in late April 2018. The guidance will include details of a new process and the evidence needed to agree 1720 hourly rates with us, which will be used going forward. The agreed rates must be used within your 2018 Q2 claim, if you anticipate any issues with the deadline of 14 July 2018 for that claim please speak to your Funding Officer.
There is also no need to revisit any claims up to and including your 2018 Q1 claim. We will absorb any claw back resulting from a grant holder correctly following the 1720 calculation guidance we had in place at the time they submitted those claims.
To increase the transparency around use of public money, and demonstrate the link between playing the National Lottery and helping good causes, we now ask that you acknowledge the National Lottery.
We now recommend the wording “[This project / Name of project] is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.” Alternatively, you could also include a quote to thank National Lottery players for making the funding possible.
We had previously advised that a full birth certificate was required to prove participant eligibility. After discussion with the Managing Authority, the shorter form birth certificate will now be accepted as proof of a participant’s right to live and work in the UK . We hope that this will make BBO more accessible to a wider audience. However, it is worth noting that UK employers adhering to Home Office guidance on acceptable documents to prove the right to live and work in the UK will need to see the full birth certificate of all employees, and so supporting participants to obtain a full birth certificate should be part of your BBO action plan and is an eligible cost.
• SORTIFIED Vacancy- Sortified currently have a vacancy in the East Lindsey area for a part-time Project Officer on the Greater Lincolnshire MOVE Project, funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. The area of the project is around supporting Carers into or back into training and employment. The role is for 7 hours a week, and is a fixed term role until June 2019. Please see the attached advert for more details.
• Distance Learning – One of our MOVE partners has sent us this link that might be of use to volunteers and staff, and also to clients that might fit the criteria (for instance, those claiming benefits are exempt from payment) http://www.nwhc.ac.uk/article/view/distancelearning. The areas of study include: Health and wellbeing, Business, Administration and Management, Equality and Diversity in the Workplace and Logistics. A brochure is also attached.
• LCVS – LCVS are currently looking for people to find your creative side at their nature workshops, taking place in April in Spalding. No experience is necessaryand they’re entirely suitable for complete beginners. See the attached poster
• Scintilla – Ginny chandler, of Scintilla, has informed us of an apprenticeship available for a young person in the North Hykeham area. Details are as follows:
‘Graphic Design and Sign Maker Apprenticeship Level 2 ,North Hykeham , Lincolnshire, £3.70ph full time.’
This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative and motivated person who is practical and reliable to forge a new career in Graphic Design and Sign Making. Role will involve ; using a computer to create designs, operating printing machinery, operating laminators, using tools, installation of signs and working as part of a small team. Ongoing training will be provided as part of the apprenticeship and through the employer. Support during your apprenticeship to gain Maths and English functional skills level 2, if needed. For more information please contact Ginny on 07872687299 or 01623 651177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org