Better communicating with the third sector dec 2010

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Better communicating with the third sector dec 2010

  1. 1. Better Communicating with the Third Sector Catherine Surtees – Partnerships managerCasey Morrison - Information & development manager Dec 2010 1
  2. 2. Course Outcomes• Knowledge of how to consult & involve.• Information: newsletters, websites, email distribution lists.• York voluntary sector forums.• Partnerships.• Representation.• The York Compact agreement.• Co-production and outcomes. 2
  3. 3. About York CVS York CVS helps small We work with over 300 We represent the voluntary sector organisations and hold voluntary andbusinesses with: starting over 500 volunteering community sector in a group, opportunities. York and helps public charity/company Volunteers enable a bodies to work with registration, monitoring massive amount of voluntary and and evaluation, project valuable work to take community groups. We planning, funding and place in the city; work run the Strategic Forum financial management that otherwise would not for voluntary sector and legal policies. happen. leaders in the City. 3
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  5. 5. The Third Sector “A diverse, active and passionate sector. Organisations in the sector share common characteristics: • Non-governmental • Value-driven • Principally reinvest any financial surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives. Encompasses voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals both large and small.”(Office of the Third Sector) 5
  6. 6. Types of organisations• „Voluntary and community sector‟ • Governing document • Voluntary management committee (usually) • Public or community benefit• Charitable status • Heads of charity • Public benefit • Run in line with charity law • Registered/unregistered charities• Social enterprise • Trading for community benefit • No or restricted distribution of profits to shareholders (if any) • Describes activity not a specific legal form • „Community Interest Companies are always non-charitable social enterprises 6
  7. 7. How can you tell if an organisation is ‘third sector’?• Registration: Charity number and/or Company number• Community Interest Companies must register with the CIC regulator and include the words „Community Interest Company‟ in their memorandum and articles• Unregistered charities and community organisations – governing document, voluntary management committee• Key questions: – Who‟s in charge? – Who‟s paying for insurance? 7
  8. 8. Not third sector:• Sole traders doing community-based work, e.g. self-employed artists, child minders• Volunteering or community projects run by statutory organisations (however „arms length‟)• For-profit businesses doing community- based work 8
  9. 9. How many third sector organisations are there in York? Nobody knows! (Yet)Key facts (autumn 09):• 727 registered organisations• 200 – 300 unregistered organisations (under- estimate)• Generates 1.5 – 3% of GDP in York• 4,160 trustees• 2,579 paid staff• 34,500 volunteers 9
  10. 10. How to find York’s third sector organisations• York CVS• Citizens‟ Guide• Database• Forums and networks• Specialist groupings – sports, BME, faith, arts, residents associations• Charity Commission and CIC registrar• Guidestar• Yortime 10
  11. 11. Why work with the third sector?• In your groups, list some reasons• 10 minutes 11
  12. 12. Why work with the third sector? What the law saysDuty to involve - Section 138 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health ActThe duty requires a best value authority where it considers appropriate to: (a) inform (b) consult (c) involve in another wayrepresentatives of local persons in the exercise of any of its functionsThis includes „routine functions‟ as well as „significant one- off decisions‟. 12
  13. 13. Duty to involve and other duties• Duty to co-operate• Duty to promote democracy• Duty to involve health users• Equality duties 13
  14. 14. Why work with the third sector? Why it’s a good idea anyway• Better decisions and services through insights and experience• More transparency, legitimacy and buy- in• Builds bridges between public bodies and citizens• Ongoing relationships lead to better involvement in future. 14
  15. 15. Why work with the third sector? Sometimes it‟s tough …• Timescales and resources• Culture and preconceptions• Different agendas and roles: a conflict of interest?• The third sector as voice of the people?• Working with infrastructure organisations• Connecting with a diverse sector• Political leadership 15
  16. 16. The Compact – a tool to help effective engagement• A national framework to use to develop your relationship with the local Third Sector• Developed about 10 years ago in York• A living document overseen by a group of nominated representatives from the Third Sector and key stakeholder agencies• An overview statement with a series of detailed codes 16
  17. 17. Compact principles• An agreement that voluntary and community activity is fundamental to a democratic society – Independence – Right to campaign within the law – Importance of transparency• Its aim is to ensure the impact of the local statutory sector has on the Third Sector is positive• Recognises added value of working in partnership – Each has distinct but complementary roles 17
  18. 18. Compact detail• Codes of Practice – Funding and Commissioning – Consultation – Volunteering – Partnership with the BME voluntary and community sector – Working with Community Groups – Partnership 18
  19. 19. Partnership• Why involve the Third Sector? – Identifying needs – Shaping services – Support better communications – Sharing responsibility – Sharing good practice and ideas 19
  20. 20. Third Sector representation Representing one voluntary Representing a Forum or or community group constituency• To influence the design of • To raise the profile of the services that affect the need for services in the people they work with area or for client group• Feedback experiences • Accountable to similar from people who use their groups or other members group of the community • To be part of a stronger• To raise their profile with voice and perhaps exert policy makers more influence• To network with people in • To close gaps in other sectors services 20

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