C A M B R I D G E Workshop 4 Mark Blake

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A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten yearyouth strategy, called "Aiming High".















For more information visit www.nya.org.uk/tenyearstrategy

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C A M B R I D G E Workshop 4 Mark Blake

  1. 1. Mark Blake- Head of Policy Commissioning & the Voluntary & Community Sector
  2. 2. Aiming High- some key commitments <ul><li>Greater involvement of the VCS in service delivery particularly targeting disadvantaged young people </li></ul><ul><li>Young people led commissioning processes </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in places to go for local areas </li></ul><ul><li>Wider availability and increased participation in positive activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Need to have a high-level of young people involvement the sector can help facilitate this </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a high level of cooperation and partnership between large and small, statutory and voluntary </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise the strengths of the sector in the local area and build on those strengths </li></ul>How to involve the sector
  4. 4. Challenges for commissioners <ul><li>Putting young people at the heart of the decision making process </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the needs of the local area </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising the potential conflicts that can arise from Local Authorities three roles as commissioner, provider and partnership facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating joint working and consortiums where appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Focussing on achievable and measurable quality outcomes rather than quantitative outputs </li></ul>
  5. 5. What the sector can bring <ul><li>Strong experience and understanding in particular communities and groups of young people </li></ul><ul><li>Experience of working with specific groups of young people not accessing mainstream services </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to react to emerging needs and preventative work </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Access to different funding streams </li></ul><ul><li>Capital resources </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where do we want to be? A new vision for young people’s services requires real leadership & partnership

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