South East Regional Empowerment Network: Who We Are And What We Do! 11th March 2010

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  • The practical work of the NEP programme is carried out by organisations working together in each of the nine English Regions through Regional Empowerment Partnerships (REPs).
  • Currently have 98 people on the partnership list representing local authorities, community organisations, health and various
  • Research reports on empowerment activity in the region Research into how local authorities in the South East will be achieving their targets relating to NI4
  • It is about more people being able to influence decisions about their communities, and more people tackling local problems themselves, rather than expecting others to. The idea is that government can't solve everything by itself, and nor can the community: it's better when we work together
  • South East Regional Empowerment Network: Who We Are And What We Do! 11th March 2010

    1. 1. Who we are and what we do! Claire Hilder Programme Manager
    2. 2. <ul><li>The National Empowerment Partnership (NEP) is a programme from the Department for Communities and Local Government( CLG) committed to supporting and improving empowerment activities across England. </li></ul><ul><li>It gathers evidence of effective community empowerment activities from across the country and promotes the positive benefits of involving communities in the decisions that affect them. </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>The Partnership: </li></ul><ul><li>Currently there are 98 members </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of people with expertise or interest in empowerment activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Across statutory, voluntary and community sectors. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Partnership Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting as the hub for collecting and disseminating good practice on empowerment in the region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting Local Authorities across the region to improve on NI4, - the % of people who feel they can influence services in their locality. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To work with the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) to support the delivery of empowerment activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influencing the development of policy and delivery on empowerment . </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>What have we done so far? </li></ul><ul><li>Funded a series of projects aimed at testing a variety of models to help people and communities feel empowered. </li></ul><ul><li>Funded several research projects looking into empowerment within the region </li></ul><ul><li>Shared the learning through the SEREP website – www.serep.org.uk and through partnership meetings </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>So what’s next? </li></ul><ul><li>Capture what Partners are delivering against the Framework and share it. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to the work of the RIEP using the research and key areas identified </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the partnership to include those delivering the Targeted Support Fund and Connecting Communities agendas </li></ul><ul><li>24th March partnership conference – “Working together to make life better” </li></ul><ul><li>Launch the 2010-11 Action Plan </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Community Empowerment is about people and government, working together to make life better </li></ul>

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