Trans;ating the language of Government Norwich November 2009


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Trans;ating the language of Government Norwich November 2009

  1. 1. Welcome Thank you for coming Translating the language of government Paul Whitnall
  2. 2. Some housekeeping <ul><li>Toilets </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Exit </li></ul><ul><li>Timings </li></ul>
  3. 4. Something about me <ul><li>Not an apologist for this or any other Government </li></ul><ul><li>I’m interested in the place where social issues and my Christian faith meet </li></ul><ul><li>I advise Churches and other Charities on how to be stronger </li></ul><ul><li>Usually that’s about money and funding </li></ul>
  4. 5. What I do <ul><li>I work with YMCA Norfolk, and other YMCAs </li></ul><ul><li>I am active in supporting charities tackling youth violence, anti-social behaviour and so on </li></ul><ul><li>I am a retained adviser to the Bishop of Barking, and with various Churches of all traditions </li></ul><ul><li>I am involved in redevelopments of church buildings and land to create community service centres – at no cost to the Church! </li></ul><ul><li>I was until recently chair of the East London Community Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>I do work for the East of England Faiths Council </li></ul><ul><li>I have served on PCCs for over 25 years </li></ul><ul><li>I work with Time for God, who place international gap-year volunteers </li></ul>
  5. 6. Format <ul><li>Really heavy on input – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’m going to do about 90 minutes, in 3 bits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’ll do some workshop work, about 30 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20- 30 minutes for questions and framing any follow-up approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My 3 bits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introductory stuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things Government is formally saying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshop bits </li></ul><ul><li>What we can or should do </li></ul>
  6. 7. Move from known to unknown <ul><li>From what Scripture says to what Government says </li></ul><ul><li>Or even what a potential government is saying </li></ul>
  7. 8. Start with the end in mind
  8. 9. Not real until its local <ul><li>So how are we going to bring this down to earth </li></ul><ul><li>So there are some tangible takeaways </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is already on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search “Whitnall” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Tangible takeaways <ul><li>Hand-outs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NB: Spoon-fed is not as effective as </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-help </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. You should leave later with <ul><li>Understanding of trends of thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Places to find out how to keep up with that </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to find out more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who to contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to say </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An idea of who can or could help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential partners and collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look around </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. All wasted if you don’t make time to follow up <ul><li>Book 3 or 4 half-days in your diary to do some stuff </li></ul><ul><li>It is work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ring someone up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange to meet someone </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Some Scripture: source of our agenda <ul><li>Isaiah 51 </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 10:38 </li></ul>
  13. 14. God is love <ul><li>Loves everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Wants you, me and all of them to be in His family </li></ul><ul><li>He and we want people to have fulfilled lives </li></ul><ul><li>His word is full of compassion and care </li></ul>
  14. 15. That’s the spring that drives God’s people into: <ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for broken families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice and mercy for offenders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome and care for ‘aliens and strangers’ </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Government is concerned for <ul><li>Each and all of these </li></ul><ul><li>We have hugely congruent agendas </li></ul><ul><li>We want the same things </li></ul><ul><li>In many cases, driven by the same motivation </li></ul>
  16. 17. Gordon Brown interview with Premier Radio, august 2009 <ul><li>stressed that the “role of religion and faith in the public square is incredibly important”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I think it is impossible for Christians to be expected to detach themselves from their faith as they work, because when we talk about faith we are talking about what people believe in. We are talking about the values that underpin what they do. We are talking about the convictions that they have about how you can make for a better society.” </li></ul>
  17. 18. Prime Minister also confirmed that <ul><li>the Government would still prioritise foreign aid for those in poverty despite the current worldwide recession. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Brown said, “We have responsibilities to those in need and in difficulty and we cannot walk by on the other side.” </li></ul><ul><li>He added, “Our responsibilities to the poor are even more acute and obvious at a time when people are facing difficulty.” </li></ul>
  18. 19. David Cameron talking to Songs of Praise <ul><li>David Cameron has said he is a Christian who believes in God and goes to church, although “not as regularly as I should”. </li></ul><ul><li>The Conservative leader said Sunday School was one of his earliest memories, but said he did not “drop to my knees” and ask for help in a crisis. </li></ul><ul><li>However Mr Cameron added his Christian faith was a “part of who I am”. </li></ul><ul><li>His comments on the BBC’s Songs of Praise diverge from other party leaders who have not discussed their beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Cameron was brought up in an old rectory and told BBC One’s Songs of Praise, which was filmed in his Oxfordshire constituency of Witney, that his family were “relatively regular churchgoers”. </li></ul><ul><li>He said: “I believe in God and I’m a Christian and I worship – not as regularly as I should – but I go to church. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Tory policy on 3 rd Sector
  20. 21. Politicians now do “do God” <ul><li>Stephen Timms in Cambridge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Graham Dale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ We want the churches involved and active in community life” </li></ul><ul><li>This government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>heard the criticisms of the Report of Von Hugel on the Church of England </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black churches are heavily and naturally engaged in social action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We are natural allies </li></ul><ul><li>We should work together </li></ul>
  21. 22. They realise we cannot abandon our faith basis <ul><li>They have to have us as we are </li></ul><ul><li>We do not need to - we must not - sell out </li></ul><ul><li>We do have to articulate how our faith impacts our social action </li></ul><ul><li>So look at, and if you can, sign up to the FaithWorks Charter </li></ul>
  22. 23. SOURCES about Government <ul><li>Huge amount </li></ul><ul><li>Getting it </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering it </li></ul><ul><li>Using it </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps there’s an opportunity for an information pool? </li></ul>
  23. 24. Ways to access Government Thinking <ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Bookshop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department by department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional and Local Agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intermediaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But we may still need a translator! </li></ul>
  24. 25. Explore reasons for not accessing information <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing the way around </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what we’re looking for </li></ul><ul><li>Even when we find it, what do we do next? </li></ul>
  25. 26. Daily updates...
  26. 27. Government funding
  27. 28. directgov
  28. 29. Number
  29. 30. Departmental websites
  30. 31. The need for translation <ul><li>Government has much to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Much of interest and relevance to faith groups </li></ul><ul><li>Often a common purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve life for the people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But often faith groups are unaware </li></ul><ul><li>Unresponsive </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnected </li></ul><ul><li>To the detriment of all parties </li></ul>
  31. 32. Benefits of engagement <ul><li>People get the advantage that Government is designing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust us (The Third Sector) more than ‘the system’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your faith group is engaged in the social fabric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government intentions have greater hope of being realised </li></ul>
  32. 33. Government <ul><li>Organised by theme </li></ul><ul><li>Complex shape to reflect the complexity of our 21st Century world </li></ul><ul><li>Which departments are we familiar with: (there are 27 in all) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some have greater resonance with us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In which department is the Faith Community Support Unit? </li></ul>
  33. 34. Departments of State [27] <ul><li>Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Foreign and Commonwealth Office Government Equalities Office Department of Health Home Office Department for International Development Ministry of Justice Leader of the House of Commons House of Lords Northern Ireland Office Privy Council Office Scotland Office Department for Transport HM Treasury Wales Office Department for Work and Pensions HM Household Regional Affairs </li></ul>Attorney General's Office Office of the Advocate General for Scotland Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Cabinet Office Department for Children, Schools and Families Department for Communities and Local Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport Ministry of Defence Department of Energy and Climate Change
  34. 35. Here are Six <ul><li>Department for Business, Innovation and Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Cabinet Office (includes the Office for the Third Sector) </li></ul><ul><li>Department for Children, Schools and Families </li></ul><ul><li>Department for Communities and Local Government </li></ul><ul><li>Department for Culture, Media and Sport </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Defence </li></ul>
  35. 36. Here are further Six <ul><li>Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Health </li></ul><ul><li>Home Office </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Justice </li></ul><ul><li>HM Treasury (the origin of Futurebuilders funding) </li></ul><ul><li>Department for Work and Pensions </li></ul>
  36. 39. Examples <ul><ul><li>Local Involvement Networks (Health) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face to face and side by side (DCLG) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real people, real power (DCLG) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future Jobs (DWP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Offender Management Services (MOJ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Asset Transfer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real help for communities (Office of the Third Sector) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacitybuilders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Investment Business </li></ul></ul>
  38. 41. Local Involvement Networks (Health) Help build a better health service... Sometimes the people who use services don’t feel they have a strong enough voice to change aspects of their health or social care. The introductions of LINks is part of a wider process to help the community have a stronger local voice
  39. 42. The opportunities <ul><li>Local Involvement Networks (LINks) </li></ul><ul><li>Will give citizens a stronger voice in how their health and social care services are delivered. </li></ul><ul><li>Run by local individuals and groups and independently supported – </li></ul><ul><li>the role of LINks is to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>find out what people want, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>monitor local services and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to use their powers to hold them to account. </li></ul></ul>
  40. 43. LINKs presentation (DoH)
  41. 44. LINk contacts
  42. 45. Here he is:
  44. 47. FUTURE JOBS (DWP)
  45. 48. If you didn’t get it first time...
  46. 49. Mini Media Box <ul><li>Mini Mediabox accepts applications for grants of anywhere between £1,000 and £5,000. </li></ul><ul><li>To enable the voices of young people to be heard in ways which bring positive changes to their lives and to the lives of their peers and communities. </li></ul><ul><li>To achieve this by supporting innovative and high-quality community-based media projects that target disadvantaged young people and empower them to shape the nature of their activities. </li></ul>
  47. 50. Key Criteria: <ul><li>Organisations should have a turnover of less than £100,000 to be eligible and be one of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a registered charity; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not-for-profit organisation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trusts and incorporated association; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-statutory youth and community based organisation. </li></ul></ul>
  48. 51. If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, your organisation will be eligible for Mini Mediabox: <ul><li>Does your organisation have a Child Protection Policy? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a not-for-profit community based organisation? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your organisation have a written constitution? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your organisation have a dedicated bank account in the name of the organisation with two signatories? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you or any of your partners have a track record of working with 13-19 year olds? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you or any of your partners have experience of participatory media projects? </li></ul>
  49. 52. National Offender Management Services (MOJ)
  50. 53. Real help for communities (Office of the Third Sector)
  51. 54. <ul><li>Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>an action plan outlining £42.5 million support for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>in the difficult economic climate. </li></ul><ul><li>third sector groups can access the funds via the Social Investment Business.  </li></ul>
  52. 55. Background <ul><li>In Nov 2008 the Office of the Third Sector formulated a number of guiding principles. They aim to ensure continued and strengthened delivery to deprived communities. </li></ul><ul><li>The Principles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps achieve economic growth, equality and social mobility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivers real help now and in the future for individuals, families and communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures as many resources as possible are directed into frontline services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages third sector organisations to work together to provide help now and in the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a rapid response to current and emerging needs </li></ul></ul>
  53. 56. How does the funding in the plan break down? <ul><li>Meeting Demand for Services and Tackling Unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £10 million investment in a volunteer brokerage scheme for unemployed people. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This will create over 40,000 opportunities for people to learn new skills and give back to communities through volunteering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From April 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A £15.5 million  Real Help for Communities: Targeted Support Fund will provide grant funding to small and medium providers in communities most at risk of increased deprivation due to the recession - meaning more small grants to more community groups – Available from April 2009 </li></ul>
  54. 57. Strengthening the Sector now and in the future <ul><li>A £16.5 million Real Help for Communities: Modernisation Fund: </li></ul><ul><li>Will support viable third sector organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to access specialist services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in order to restructure and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become more resilient and efficient in the recession. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for organisations available from summer 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  55. 58. Community Asset Transfer <ul><li>This is potentially very exciting </li></ul><ul><li>Local government owns lots of community assets – land, buildings, community centres </li></ul><ul><li>The belief is that the community would use these assets more imaginatively and efectively </li></ul><ul><li>Improving communities </li></ul><ul><li>Releasing local government from operational concerns </li></ul>
  56. 61. The Road to Asset Transfer
  57. 63. Especially interested in these 2 <ul><li>Action 16 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer more assets to communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting partnerships ... to demonstrate what works in asset transfer and the creation of sustainable community enterprises which strengthen communities and create local jobs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Action 18 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invest in local community anchor organisations as resources to support local community activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over the next three years, we will invest, with the Office of the Third Sector, in the long-term sustainability of the third sector through supporting community anchors to develop their role in stimulating opportunities, attracting resources and supporting community sector organisations at a neighbourhood level. </li></ul></ul>
  58. 64. Deeper in the document: page 25 <ul><li>1.5 What needs to change? </li></ul><ul><li>It means local agencies, such as neighbourhood policing teams, mobilising the positive will of the many to counter the anti-social destructive actions of the minority. Local people of all ages, coming together to participate in and shape local services to ensure they address the things people care about in their community; </li></ul><ul><li>crime and anti-social behaviour, safe and clean streets and high quality and welcoming public spaces, schools, leisure and health services. </li></ul>
  59. 65. Deeper still... p40 <ul><li>Action 16: </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer more assets to Communities </li></ul><ul><li>In many areas local authorities have </li></ul><ul><li>already transferred assets such as disused buildings or old swimming pools. </li></ul><ul><li>The government is implementing fully recommendations on how to boost the transfer of public assets, such as land, buildings or facilities, into the control of communities – see case study 10. </li></ul><ul><li>A consortium led by the Development </li></ul><ul><li>Trusts Association is supporting </li></ul><ul><li>partnerships in 20 areas to demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>what works and find the best practice to </li></ul><ul><li>help others. </li></ul>
  60. 66. Making Assets Work: <ul><li>The Quirk Review of Community Management and Ownership of Public Assets [Quirk, 2007] </li></ul><ul><li>said </li></ul><ul><li>optimise the community benefit of publicly owned assets, </li></ul><ul><li>transfer of asset ownership and management to community groups.  </li></ul>
  61. 67. transfer of public assets to community ownership <ul><li>needs to realise social or community benefits </li></ul><ul><li>The benefits of community management and ownership of assets can outweigh the risks </li></ul><ul><li>There are risks but they can be minimised and managed. </li></ul>
  62. 68. The secret is all parties working together. <ul><li>This needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>political will, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>managerial imagination and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a more business focused approach from the public and community sectors. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More information from the Asset Transfer Unit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also offer free business plan and viability assessment </li></ul></ul>
  63. 69. Communitybuilders
  64. 70. Social Investment Business Contact Tom Young, Business Development 0207 842 7715
  65. 72. If We Had Their Ear: <ul><li>What would we want Government to hear from us... </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive </li></ul><ul><li>Beneficial </li></ul><ul><li>Credible </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-people </li></ul>
  66. 73. Paul Whitnall <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>075 1525 4040 </li></ul>
  67. 74. Thank you for coming