INFRASTRUCTURE - ChangeUp and Capacitybuilders
Jane Cater is the Policy and Development Officer responsible within VONNE for Changeup and Capacitybuilders, contact Jane by tel: 0191 233 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In continuation of the ChangeUp programme Capacitybuilders was launched in April 2006 and will focus on the implementation of the ChangeUp investment programme, designed to build capacity and infrastructure framework for the voluntary and community sector. The Home Office has committed £150 million nationally over an initial four year period to this initiative.
In August 2006 Capacitybuilders announced details of a pilot funding programme, Improving Reach, to improve the reach of infrastructure bodies for a range of marginalised groups, including black and minority ethnic groups; refugee and migrant groups; faith groups; and isolated rural groups. Capacitybuilders has allocated just over £6 million in 2006-07 and £5 million in 2007-08 for this programme. The closing date for submission of applications was 10 October 2006. www.capacitybuilders.org.uk/fund
Capacitybuilders appoints Jon Fox
Capacitybuilders has appointed Jon Fox as Director of Strategy and Policy. Fox joins Capacitybuilders from BVSC, the centre for Voluntary Action in Birmingham, where he was Director of Sector Development & Active Citizenship.
Fox has over 10 years of experience at a national and regional level within the third sector and was a member of the Home Office, Active Community Unit team responsible for the implementation of capacity building recommendations from the 2002 Cross Cutting Review of the Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Service Delivery.
This new post, based in the Birmingham Head Office, is the result of an organisational review carried out by Capacitybuilders earlier this year and reports into Simon Hebditch - Chief Executive. The role will act in support of policy development and programmes, including providing leadership and support to the Capacitybuilders’ regional team on their work priorities.
(29 June 2007)
Capacitybuilders - What's happening in the North East
Applications were submitted to Capacitybuilders in July 2006 for the Consortia Project Programme 2006 - 2008 by the four Sub-regional Consortia and the Region-wide Consortium. Applications were approved in September 2006 and projects will commence in October 2006. A list of these projects is available as a spreadsheet (Excel 39kb).
Capacitybuilders - What's happening regionally (word 34kb): this briefing lists each of the five consortia's projects and funding for 2006 to 2008.Specifically there is a list of Northumberland's projects (Word 386kb).
Details of the Consortia Projects Programme allocations are now available on the Capacitybuilders' website www.capacitybuilders.org.uk/info/default.asp To view details of the allocations in your region, simply select the relevant area from the regional drop down box which is accessible from the above link.
Regional and Sub-regional Consortia
Four sub-regional consortia have been set up and a fifth regional level consortia, listed below with the lead contact:
Tyne and Wear - Newcastle CVS - Carol Howells
Reviewing the Structure of the Regional Consortium
Capacitybuilders North East Contacts
As a result of the Treasury's review of the voluntary and community sector's (VCS) role in public service delivery, the Home Office invested £80m for the sector's infrastructure. In September 2003 the Active Community Unit (ACU) published a consultation document which asked some broad questions about VCS infrastructure and the sector's needs. The long awaited strategy that came out of this was launched with title of 'ChangeUp', and is available from the ChangeUp web site.
It sets out the Government's aim that "by 2014 the needs of frontline voluntary and community organisations will be met with support which is available nationwide, structured for maximum efficiency, offering excellent provision which is accessible to all while reflecting and promoting diversity, and is sustainably funded". The £80m of funding was split into various categories, for local, regional and national work.
Mapping the North East
Each Government Office region was tasked with ensuring that a mapping exercise to identify key infrastructure services and gaps was carried out in their area as part of the 'Early Spend'. In February 2004 it was agreed that VONNE should be commissioned to oversee work on this analysis of infrastructure in the North East.
For more detailed background information on this work please see our separate page on Infrastructure Research.
ChangeUp across the North East
The ChangeUp Infrastructure Programme was introduced to the region at the end of 2004. VONNE was tasked with bringing together key agencies from all sectors as a decision-making body now known as the Region-wide Infrastructure Consortium. Membership of the consortium was based on ChangeUp Investment criteria and guidance and included Infrastructure organisations: GONE; ONE; ANEC; frontline VCS Orgs; Social Enterprise network; Funders Forum; Sub regional Consortia reps; LSC; NOMS; and Sport England. This group was originally formed in May 2004 to guide the Regional Level Infrastructure Research and was widened to form a consortium in October 2004.
The Consortium first met in November 2004 to identify the Regional priorities for infrastructure expenditure. The group identified three regional priorities; signposting, representation and good practice and selected three national priorities; workforce development, ICT, Specialist Infrastructure. Early spend funding was allocated to research the state of the region. Following five interlinked pieces of research a development plan was written for the region and funding was selected for 14 projects to deliver in 2005.
The fourteen projects are as follows:
Funding - FINE, NESEP and ESFVON
Regional and Sub-regional Development Plans
Four sub-regional consortia and a region-wide consortium have been established and were given the task of producing infrastructure development plans for their areas.
VONNE facilitates the region-wide consortium, for more information contact Jane Cater at VONNE.
In 2006 VONNE was responsible for commissioning four pieces of research on behalf of the Region-wide Consortium for ChangeUp which had been prioritised within the regional development plan.
Further developments aiming to address the issues and recommendations from the research will be carried out by the Region-wide Consortium over the coming months.
The regional research projects included:
Performance Improvement and
(Issued 20 July 2006)
Representation of the VCS at a regional level
To request a full copy of the report please email email@example.com
A list of networks and VCS reps (32kb Excel) is available to download as an Excel Spreadsheet.
(Issued 18 September 2006)
Signposting - NEVol Direct
(Issued 18 September 2006)
Best Practice Review
(Issued 21 September 2006)
Building and Infrastructure National Exemplar Fund - winning national
(posted March 2004)
Spend announced by Government for Infrastructure (updated
- Development work, to improve capacity and communications
in areas with very little or no voluntary and community sector infrastructure.
Office Active Community Unit publish Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure
document (posted September 2003, updated
and Community Sector Infrastructure - A Consultation (224kb)