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Slides used in a briefing for elected members in Dudley about the Community First programme and support to the programme offered by Dudley CVS

Slides used in a briefing for elected members in Dudley about the Community First programme and support to the programme offered by Dudley CVS

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  • Jim Dyers - was a CO in Seattle. Government inspired by his work.
  • Explain our understanding of how the wards were selected Community First not England wide - focused first on 30% most deprived SOAs. No robust data on areas with poor social capital, so looked at JSA claimant rate increases, if risen then area got put in - resulted in some of the usual areas not making the cut. Need 2 qualifying SOAs for a ward to be in the programme. The grant making and the doing should happen locally. The accountability and the action.
  • CDF promoting and publicising through networks at national level so they cascade to local eg to CVSs through NAVCA. Collectives apply to be a panel, if more than one in a ward they need to become one. The ward applies through CDF website. In about a year the ward needs a plan - identified issues, opportunities and assets. Could lead to usual and commonplace activities and ideas get funded. Could be other things e.g. starting a social enterprise. One estate mapped that it spend £1.1million out of the estate on fast food from multi-nationals. Set up social enterprise with someone to grow food that could be used in local fast food outlets - keep some of the money in the area.
  • CDF promoting and publicising through networks at national level so they cascade to local eg to CVSs through NAVCA. Collectives apply to be a panel, if more than one in a ward they need to become one. The ward applies through CDF website. In about a year the ward needs a plan - identified issues, opportunities and assets. Could lead to usual and commonplace activities and ideas get funded. Could be other things e.g. starting a social enterprise. One estate mapped that it spend £1.1million out of the estate on fast food from multi-nationals. Set up social enterprise with someone to grow food that could be used in local fast food outlets - keep some of the money in the area.
  • Panel Partners will:  Confirm to the Community Development Foundation that they believe that the panel is acting accountably and in a non fraudulent manner  Confirm that the panel is recommending projects for funding in accordance with the rules of the programme  Hold a small pot of funds to cover reasonable expenses for panel members to participate, such as travel costs for those with limited mobility  Work with the panel to check that projects being proposed for funding fit in with the list of local priorities for the community  Attend panel meetings  Encourage and support the panel to use the internet to record and share what grants they make and how the projects progress NB Dudley CVS will not be a panel partner for any panels (we have already been approached)
  • How can LA support? Supportive cllrs, officers etc. Accountability - use blogs and Internet etc. Lewisham Council do something through council website - know what each group is doing, how they spent their money, what on. (they spent lots of money to set this up). Levers re changes Funding - amounts and approach Provisions in Localism Bill and opportunities it provides - government not pushing and shoving, just saying it's there if you want it. Dudley is responding to the challenge with Our Society - grab the opportunities

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  • 1. Community First briefing Lorna Prescott Senior Development Officer Dudley CVS [email_address] twitter.com/dosticen
  • 2. Community First
    • Communities coming together to identify their strengths and local priorities
    • Communities planning for their future and become more resilient.
  • 3. Community First
    • £80m government-funded initiative (Cabinet Office)
    • Runs until March 2015
    • Two elements:
      • a £30m Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme  allocated to some wards
      • a national £50m   Endowment Match Challenge
    • Managed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF)
  • 4. Community Organisers
    • Aims to link to the Community Organisers programme wherever possible to further support social action in communities.
    • It’s probably up to us locally to make the links
    • The Community Organiser programme is managed by nationally by
    • Locality, local host is CfED
  • 5. Eligible Wards
    • Belle Vale  £33,910
    • Brierley Hill £67,820 
    • Brockmoor and Pensnett £84,775 
    • Castle and Priory £67,820 
    • Cradley and Wollescote £33,910 
    • Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews £84,775 
    • Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood £33,910 
    • St James's £118,685 
    • St Thomas's £84,775 
    • Allocations are for the whole 4 year period
  • 6. Getting started
    • People, groups and organisations in the eligible wards need to register with the Community Development Foundation (panel set up guidance available).
    • Work together to set up a local panel
    • Set up a website.
    • Asks people in the ward to suggest priorities for action.
    • Decide upon projects for funding in the ward.
  • 7. Panels must…
    • Be 4 – 8 people in number, aged over 18 years
    • Be people who live in the ward or an existing group/organisation based or working in the ward
    • Take on Community First responsibilities and agree a Terms of Reference
  • 8. Panel partner
    • Each Community First Panel is required to nominate a Panel Partner to provide support to the panel.
    • Panel Partners hold and distribute expenses.
    • They help to unlock funding to their area, and allow projects to begin to benefit the community.
    • The panel partner should be a local registered charity or voluntary organisation, preferably (although not necessarily) in the ward the panel where the panel is based.
  • 9. The funding
    • Can fund both new and existing community groups.
    • Every £1 provided in Community First funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations - this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time.
    • Funding given directly from CDF to the funded organisations (not through the panel).
  • 10. What’s not on offer in the national programme
    • Support other than a phone line at CDF
    • Resources to buy in support or training
    • Activity to bring panels together to share ideas, information, issues and concerns
    • Support around social media, engagement, influence …
  • 11. Our local offer
    • Promotion of Community First
    • A shared blogsite and other online networking
    • Free face-to-face networking events for interested groups and emerging/formed panels
    • Facilitating links between Community First Panels and key partners, including new community organisers
  • 12. Our local offer
    • Access to free training sessions in community engagement, facilitation skills, working in inclusive ways, focus groups, survey design
    • Support developing and maintaining online presence (community website or blog)
    • Access to free support in setting up blogs and other online sharing through Social Media Surgeries
    • Free workshops on community
    • influence (using the Voice framework)
  • 13. Event on 15 December
    • Community First Information and Networking event 
    • Give information about Community First, Neighbourhood Matched Fund and 9 wards in Dudley are eligible for.
    • Enable people interested in being part of Community First Panels to meet each other face-to-face and find out what they each have to offer.
    • Show people ways they can share and keep in touch online
    • Find out which offers of support from Dudley CVS are likely to be taken up, and by which areas.
  • 14. Websites
    • www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/community-first
    • www.dudleycommunityfirst.posterous.com
    • www.cocollaborative.org.uk (Community Organisers)
    • Panel websites/blogsites will develop. CDF are providing guidance on using Posterous. Council officers will be blocked from these sites as they are web 2.0