The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) has won an HMRC contract for disability access services, with a minimum contract value of £234,148. HMRC and RAD will work together for three years, in an initiative aimed at making HMRC’s services more accessible to Deaf people that will involve helping Deaf people find information on tax and tax credits in British Sign Language (BSL).
RAD will continue to provide advice in BSL via webcam to clients throughout England and Wales and the project also includes a Video Interpreting service, enabling Deaf customers to contact HMRC using a BSL interpreter, again via webcam. They also have plans under way to develop the service to give Deaf customers even more control – a website (http://www.royaldeaftax.org.uk/) and a user-friendly “choose and book” app for advice and interpreting appointments is scheduled. Based on this experience, RAD is now applying for further tenders.
In the leisure trust space, in which Eastside Primetimers has become a very active provider in recent months, we have supported Suffolk-based Abbeycroft Leisure to expand into providing leisure services for an academy school in Cambridgeshire. This represents both a geographic expansion and a diversification in Abbeycroft’s income beyond traditional local authority contracts, worth £3.5m over 7 years. You can read here for a new case study detailing the support we were able to provide to Abbeycroft, including bid writing resource and expertise in financial modelling to allow Abbeycroft to focus resources on the best opportunities for them.
Abbeycroft chief executive Warren Smyth said: “The support secured through the Big Potential programme and provided by Eastside Primetimers has been invaluable. It has enabled Abbeycroft Leisure to respond quickly to opportunities by building a number of models that enable a better response to contracts. This has included financial modelling, contract documents, mobilisation and project management documents. Eastside Primetimers are also helping the Board and Senior Leadership Team with future options for growth and refining the approaches to this next stage of development”.
The Big Potential fund, which is managed by SIB and funded by the Big Lottery, is specifically aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations seeking to grow through raising social investment or winning contracts. This fund closes at the end of 2017 and there are only a few months left to submit applications – as an approved provider we would be happy to talk to you about supporting your application and, if successful, your contract or investment readiness work. Call us now on 020 7250 8334 or for more information visit the Big Potential website.