GreenSpace National Forum Update


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Presentation given by Sarah Moore, Regional Manager, GreenSpace, GSNF, Nov 2009

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  • Regional staff have discussed to need for meetings to change their format, to reflect the new staff structures and get the most out of the RDG and National Forum
  • Agree a consistent approach
  • GreenSpace National Forum Update

    1. 1. GreenSpace National Forum Sarah Moore Regional Manager
    2. 2. GreenSpace National Forum <ul><li>5 year review of the National Forum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much of original Action Plan delivered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to agree the role and plan for the next 5 years </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. GreenSpace National Forum <ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed realigned regional/national working framework </li></ul><ul><li>Updating the Action Plan Discussion </li></ul>
    4. 4. Achievements <ul><li>Aim 1: Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>Developed capacity in regions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Planning & Work Programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial management protocols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthened links to the home countries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Secured CLG funding & Natural England funding in the South West & East Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>Increased resources to the regions </li></ul><ul><li>7 of the 9 English regions staffed </li></ul>
    5. 5. Achievements <ul><li>Aim 2: Working Strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Representation extended with participation from CABE Space, Natural England, Lantra, English Heritage, GFA. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional mapping exercise leading to extended organisational outreach of regions </li></ul><ul><li>Responded to the loss of NPIs </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted the use of TAES </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the community network & NFPGS </li></ul>
    6. 6. Achievements <ul><li>Aim 3: Influencing Policy & Change </li></ul><ul><li>Established communications networks </li></ul><ul><li>Developed Regional Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Identified topics/themes to influence policy </li></ul><ul><li>GSNF role as key player in the development of IPGS </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in national Cultural Forums </li></ul>
    7. 7. Achievements <ul><li>Aim 4: Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Developed Case Study method </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Training & Skills Working Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Regional learning opportunities created </li></ul><ul><li>Co-ordinated & delivered TAES & Peer-led challenge training </li></ul><ul><li>Supported TAES pilot improvement networks </li></ul>
    8. 8. Proposed realigned regional/national working framework <ul><li>8 Regional staff working across 7 English regions </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Staff Meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly in Caversham with the National team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operational Issues (Personnel, Health & Safety, IT, Finance, Work Plans, Information Sharing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support calls & visits to other forums </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Proposed realigned regional/national working framework <ul><li>GreenSpace Regions Development Group (Staff & Trustees) </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums Funding – Membership, Grants, Sponsorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications – Other development groups, trustees, national forum, links with non-LA organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Work Areas – Current Issues from regions, business planning, policy, skills, Green Flag Awards, Benchmarking Survey, Quality Manual </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quarterly meeting in Caversham after the staff meeting </li></ul>
    10. 10. Proposed realigned regional/national working framework <ul><li>National Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Debate national issues </li></ul><ul><li>Action advocacy work </li></ul><ul><li>Key work areas relating to all forums (GFA, Quality Manual, Benchmarking Survey) </li></ul><ul><li>Action Plan update </li></ul>
    11. 11. National Forum – Action Plan <ul><li>Aim 1: Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>National Forum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CLG strategic partnership agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek similar partnership agreements with other organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regions Development Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum Funding: Extending membership categories to town/parish councils, commercial organisations </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. National Forum – Action Plan <ul><li>Aim 2: Working Strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Extend links to strategic organisations to broaden representation e.g. Government & Agencies - DEFRA, DCMS, Environment Agency and other strategic organisations - APSE, LGA, IDeA </li></ul><ul><li>Other partnerships? </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the use of relevant NPIs </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the use of TAES & support improvement networks </li></ul><ul><li>2010 National Benchmarking Survey </li></ul>
    13. 13. National Forum – Action Plan <ul><li>Aim 3: Influencing Policy & Change </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to national policy & initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Support the partnership delivering the GFA </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the development of the Quality Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Develop green space manifesto for dissemination to political parties for the general election </li></ul><ul><li>Raise issues/topics from the regions to debate and follow up with actions around advocacy </li></ul>
    14. 14. National Forum – Action Plan <ul><li>Aim 4: Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Support the development of IPGS </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate information from the National Forum and individual regions </li></ul><ul><li>Support & disseminate strategic partners work e.g. Natural England's Discovering Places project </li></ul>