Work, Learning & Volunteering

SCDA Let’s Get Working invitation to tender for project evaluation

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) is an East Sussex based charity dedicated to working with and strengthening communities and supporting services for vulnerable groups and people in the community and with partners across the South East.

Let’s Get Working is a three year project supported by Big Lottery (BL) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to offer employment, employability and lifelong learning support to unemployed and economically inactive people with long term health conditions and/or disabilities in East Sussex, Kent and Medway.

SCDA is seeking an experienced research and evaluation consultant(s) to evaluate the effectiveness of its Let’s Get Working project. The project evaluator(s) will be required to research and report on the projects progress and impact. Key learning will need to be captured within a robust academic framework so it can be used to support further development and provide insight into future policy strategy. The tender also includes providing information, analysis and learning from its delivery with a view to improving its performance and relevance throughout the life time of the project.

For more information and to apply please download document here: Invitation to Tender

Proposals should be submitted by 17:00 on 31 March 2017 to Rachel Philpott –

Candidates should keep 11th and 12th April 2017 available for an interview with SCDA in Newhaven should we decide this is necessary. The appointment decision will be made shortly afterwards, and we wish to hold an inception meeting with the successful bidder on the week commencing 14th April. Please note these dates are non-negotiable.

Questions relating to this ITT and the project outcomes and objectives should also be directed to Rachel Philpott via email, by 17:00 on 24 March 2017 at the latest. Questions received after this date will not be considered. SCDA reserves the right to make available to other known bidders the answers to questions raised.

The level of budget available will not be discussed, but SCDA will be looking for cost effectiveness and imagination in the way the evaluation proposals are set out to help maximize learning and return on investment in the evaluation.

It is expected that all candidates will be of good financial standing and that their proposal will represent good value for money to SCDA.

The SCDA Employability Team provide information, advice, guidance and practical support to individuals and businesses about learning, work and volunteering. We also offer a full recruitment service throughout East Sussex and surrounding areas. If you are a business looking for new employees then we can help you.

Work Programme

The Work Programme was launched across Great Britain in June 2011 and SCDA works with both Prime contractors G4S and People Plus throughout East Sussex to deliver this service. We provide intensive, personalised support for people who are long term unemployed or at most risk of becoming so. Work Programme participants have the opportunity to take part in learning and skills development. In the current jobs market this helps in finding sustainable employment. The Programme provides this support for up to two years then further in-work support is available once participants have found work.

Claimant eligibility for the Work Programme is set by the Department for Work and Pensions and managed by Job Centre Plus. Contact your local Jobcentre, your client advisor or call 01273 516347 to find out more.

Useful links: (for volunteering opportunities) (SCDA Employability FaceBook page)

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Voluntary Work Experience

SCDA are able to offer voluntary work experience placements with various companies to meet all sectors of work. These placements last between 2 and 4 weeks and are arranged to suit each individual’s needs. A placement work book ensures both client and manager know what is expected of them. Placements and work trials are offered to clients as part of an action plan to help achieve work goals.

Self employment

Have you ever thought about self employment?

Click on the link to watch a short video about some of the ways SCDA can help you.


Policy for comments and complaints

SCDA welcomes feedback and has a policy for comments, compliments and complaints here Comments Compliments and Complaints