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  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna In developing Community First the government have been inspired by the work of an American called Jim Diers. Jim Dyers was a Community Organiser in Seattle and became the first Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods, a post he held for 14 years. Jim is the author of a book called ‘Neighbour Power’ published in 2005 and has developed highly acclaimed strategies for working with communities and empowering citizens. He has been concerned that neighbourhood activists see government or the council as the enemy, and that council officers often perceive activists to be a nuisance. He thinks that when each realises that neighbourhood are not simply places with needs, but also communities of people with tremendous untapped resources then that thinking changes and mutually beneficial partnerships become possible.
  • Lorna Show only first 45 seconds
  • Lorna Reference notes – not necessarily for saying When Jim Diers was working for Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods he set up a Neighbourhood Matching Fund which grew to support over 400 self-help projects a year. He also provided planning resources, over 30,000 people got involved in community-driven planning processes. About building active, creative neighbourhoods and enjoying the rich results of community empowerment CDF is a national charity and social enterprise, they develop and deliver projects and programmes to bring lasting change in communities (such as Big Local Lottery programme – which we have in East Coselely)
  • Martin Why these wards and these amounts? The government have put about £30million in to Community First. They looked at the 30% most deprived Lower Super Output Areas in England, and then removed any that have been awarded Big Local funding – this left them with 9744 areas. Then they used JSA claim rises (May 2009-10 data) as an indicator of lower levels of connections between people – overlaying the data they were left with 2124 areas. They wanted at least one ward per Local Authority area in England, which also affected the allocation. The £30million was divided by the selected Lower Super Output Areas, giving a basic allocation of £16,955. If you have 2 eligible LSOAs in an area you get 2 x £16,955 – so all of our eligible wards have multiples of £16,955 allocated to them.
  • Martin Groups of people apply to be a panel, if more than one panel is proposed in a ward CDF will ask them to speak to each other as they will only approve one panel.. The ward applies through CDF website. (We will show you how to do this later this evening.) In about a year’s time the ward needs a plan - identified issues, opportunities and assets. This could lead to usual and commonplace activities and ideas getting funded. It could also be other things e.g. starting a social enterprise.
  • Martin You have copies of panel setup guidance and a template Terms of Reference in your packs,
  • Andy Reference notes: 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 are not willing to be a panel partner for any panels, they would like to see more local organisations to get involved and take on that role
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • 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
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.
  • Andy Volunteer time is values at £11.09 per hour. When a Community First Panel in a ward outs forward a proposal for funding they will need to be clear about the voluntary time and effort needed by a project or activity. Community first is all about stimulating voluntary activity and resident involvement. Panels can’t match other funding from the council (e.g. an Area Committee Grant) but they can use such funding to add to the funding available for their projects. We don’t think that a panel can spend all the allocation in one go, there is a spread over the 4 years of the programme.

Community first event presentations Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Community First Information and Networking Event
  • 2. Community First Information and Networking Event 15 December 2011 Lorna Prescott, Dudley CVS
  • 3. Housekeeping
  • 4. Purpose of event
    • For you to
    • receive information about the Government’s Community First Programme,
    • meet others who are interested in your area,
    • and consider offers of support.
  • 5. Outline of the evening
    • Community First – presentation
    • Community Organisers – presentation
    • Questions and concerns
    • Group discussions and feedback
    • People who have already started
    • Registering interest in being a panel
    • Support offer discussion
    • Sharing contact details
  • 6. Guidelines for working together
    • Your responsibility:
    • Supporting everyone to participate
    • Language – ask if you haven’t heard of it before
    • Respect and behaviour
    • Confidentiality – we can’t guarantee it!
  • 7. Our Society group support
    • Dudley CVS and Dudley MBC have a desire to see the Community First Programme in Dudley work well for the benefit of local people
    • Dudley CVS and are offering staff time and skills to the support the overall programme
    • Dudley MBC have paid for the room and refreshments this evening and given staff time and skills
    • Dudley CVS and Dudley MBC get NO funding in this programme
  • 8. The Community First Programme Lorna Prescott, Dudley CVS Martin Shaw, Dudley MBC Andy Winning, Dudley MBC
  • 9. Community First
    • Communities coming together to identify their strengths and local priorities
    • Communities planning for their future and become more resilient.
  • 10. Jim Diers http://youtu.be/TpudbS8zrms
  • 11. 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)
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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).
  • 17. Community Organisers Kenneth Rodney, Centre for Equality and Diversity (CfED)
  • 18. Community December 11 – December 2012 Organising Programme in Dudley
  • 19. C.O. National Partners
    • Office for Civil Society/ Cabinet Office
    • Locality – national programme administrators
    • Re: generate – senior training partner.
  • 20. CfED as host of C.O’s
    • Undertake recruitment
    • Provide a base for CO’s
    • Provide induction and supervision
    • Provide information and local knowledge
    • Ensure linkages with other programmes ie Community First
    • Ensure appropriate local promotion.
  • 21. C.O’s in Dudley
    • Placed in following areas:
    • Dudley town centre/ Kates Hill
    • Netherton – (5 estates)
    • Brierley Hill/ Hawbush
    • Halesowen – Highfield Lane & Shell Corner estates
    • Pedmore/ Wollescote
  • 22. The Role of C.O’s
    • Engage new people in practical action to transform their communities
    • Build trust across sectors departments and communities of interest
    • Wake up people to see how they can take part and effect change in their lives and their communities
    • Create a communications strategy to connect and engage large networks of people.
  • 23. Root Solution engagement that works
    • Root Solution Listening Matters, main tool to listen to………
    • RSLM .. A valid model grown from experience
    • Start with individuals, then small house “groups” , larger groups and teams
    • A very systematic approach to listening.
  • 24. Community Organising Programme in Dudley
    • Thanks for Listening
  • 25. Discussion facilitators
    • Andy Winning
    • Martin Shaw
    • Joanne Weston
    • Andy Wright
    • Geoff Thomas
    • Lorna Prescott
  • 26. Questions and Concerns
    • If you haven’t already, quickly introduce yourselves
    • Discuss what you have just heard
    • If you have any questions write them on the yellow cards and bring them to the front
    • If you have any concerns write them on the blue cards
    • You have 10 minutes !
  • 27. Group discussion 1
    • Agree someone to scribe
    • Talk through the 5 questions on A3 sheets
    • Scribe to write down the main points
    • A facilitator will feedback
    • You have 20 minutes !
  • 28. Hearing from wards that have applied
  • 29. How to register interest http:// www.cdf.org.uk /web/guest/community-first
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  • 34. Offer of support to the overall Community First programme in Dudley Lorna Prescott, Dudley CVS
  • 35. 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 …
  • 36. www.dudleycommunityfirst.posterous.com
  • 37.  
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  • 39. Our local offer
    • Promotion of Community First
    • A shared blogsite and other online networking
    • Face-to-face networking events for interested groups and emerging/formed panels
    • Facilitating links between Community First Panels and key partners, including community organisers
  • 40. Our local offer
    • Training sessions in community engagement, facilitation skills, working in inclusive ways, focus groups, survey design
    • Support in setting up blogs and other online sharing through Social Media Surgeries
    • Workshops on community
    • influence (using the Voice framework)
  • 41. Sharing contact details
    • How can you find out who wants to join a panel in your Ward?
    • How can others find out if you do?
    • Some ideas
    • Share details on website
    • Dudley CVS hold your details
    • Have a main contact in the ward
  • 42. Group discussion 2
    • Discuss the offers of support and indicate which you are interested in on the sheet
    • Discuss and write down the next steps for people around your table
    • Individually write on post it notes any feedback on this event
    • You have 20 minutes !
  • 43. Websites
    • www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/community-first
    • www.dudleycommunityfirst.posterous.com
    • CDF are providing guidance to Community First Panels for using Posterous.
    • Most council officers will be blocked from these sites as they are web 2.0