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1 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice LOCAL AREA AGREEMENTS Tips for success Kate Housden NAVCA Improving Local Partnerships Project

2 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Tips Narrow or pointed end Money given in return for a service Helpful hint or warning Inside information Dump

3 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice How to talk - LAAs in a nutshell National Priorities Local Area Agreements FundingOutcomes Local Priorities

4 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice service delivery governance social capital the Balanced Triangle Closer to people and places – the role of the VCS within localities

5 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice service delivery governance social capital Together We Can Compact NRF CEN LSPs LAAs Social Enterprise Unit Beacon Schemes Cross Cutting Review Future Builders Change Up Russell Commission Volunteering for All Community Cohesion the Balanced Triangle Government Initiatives – to name but a few…..

6 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Improving Local Partnerships project ILP Outcomes 1.2a ILP Pilot Outcome 1 more inclusive partnerships Increase in frontline VCS organisations representing disadvantaged people involved in local partnerships, networks, theme groups and the neighbourhood arrangements that inform them 1.2b ILP Pilot Outcome 2 more engagement and influence Increase in frontline VCS organisations representing disadvantaged people reporting that they are able to influence local public bodies policy and practice 1.2c ILP Pilot Outcome 3 more collaborative and inclusive LIOs Increase in frontline VCS organisations representing disadvantaged people reporting a closer working relationship with the LIO 1.2d ILP Pilot Outcome 4 more sustainable: LIOs and VCS engagement Increase in the level of funding for LIOs to support voluntary and community sector engagement in the development of local policy and practice.

7 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Improving Local Partnerships project ILP Outcomes 1.2e ILP National Outcome 5 improved LIO influence (local) An incremental increase in the number of Local Infrastructure Organisations reporting that they are able to influence local public bodies policy and practice. Numbers (NAVCA Generic Survey LAA Question c) 1. 2f ILP National Outcome 6 improved LIO knowledge An incremental increase in the number of Local Infrastructure Organisations reporting that they have improved information and intelligence for VCS through the availability of the NAVCA website and networking opportunities Numbers (NAVCA Generic Survey LAA Questions a and b) 1.2g ILP National Outcome 7 improved LIO influence (regional and national) Learning from the project will increase NAVCA’s influence over the development of regional and national policy and practice in VCS involvement in LAAs Numbers (NAVCA Generic Survey LAA Questions d and e)

8 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice LAA Statements of Community Involvement – must do Successful LAAs fully involve …the local VCS and local people in helping to identify, shape and deliver local services VCS represented on the LSP + encouragement of community representatives Build VCS infrastructure and capacity building services Compact as basis of the partnership with VCS and public sector bodies LAA must include statement of involvement of VCS in design and delivery How VCS informed/ consulted/ participating in LAA process + delivery of outcomes Capacity of VCS to contribute effectively + how local people will be involved VCS + local people represented across all four blocks; Children/Young People Safer/Stronger Healthier /Older People Economic Development

9 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Nottingham. Equalities proofing LAA. Set the ground work, adopt key principles and parameters. One Nottingham board responsible for ensuring equalities are at the heart of LAA. Partners responsible for embedding equalities in the mainstream service delivery and other interventions. Parul Jani at Nottinghamshire Black Partnership. LAA Statements of Community Involvement – must do Some examples so far Round 3 Sefton CVS + CEN Chair of LSP Block Lead of Safer Stronger Empowering local people and VCS to participate in decision making, influence and delivering public services Sefton CEN Coordinator cvs.org.uk Round 2 Nottingham One (LSP) Nottingham Black Partnership, CEN, CVS Local people’s priorities shape the direction of Nottingham - listening to residents, building on existing partnership working, keeping the VCS informed. LAA knowledge.gov.uk/idk/aio/

10 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Volunteering VCS lead stretch and pump-priming Good Practice so far Round 3 ? Round 2 Nottinghamshire Brent Enfield Waltham Forest Westminster Salford Oldham

11 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Community Engagement Wolverhampton REFRESH Refresh LAA March 2005 recognition that improvements to first Pilot local area agreement were needed Cross partnership approach to performance management and the refresh process New Community Engagement Block cuts across the whole LAA and all its partners GOWM > NRF advisor to facilitate and support VCS development process Sector Collaboration Voluntary Sector Council Wolverhampton Network Consortium BME Citywide Forum CEN has well established work with communities of interest including networks faith disability lesbian gay bisexual& transexual

12 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Wolverhampton LAA Neighbourhoods VCS Citywide framework for delivering regeneration activity with local residents shaping the future VCS operating strategically and at a local level will play a major role in shaping new arrangements Service Delivery Increased levels of service delivery by the VCS desired outcome Development issue for the next year requiring investment + alignment of activity outside of the LAA

13 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Wolverhampton LAA Stronger Communities Outcomes Safer and Stronger Block 2a Increase in local participation Governance/Public Service Delivery/VCS growth Number of community participants on decision making bodies.. Range of representatives reflecting different interests, BME, gender, disabled people, different age groups and sexual orientation Number and value of services in selected public services areas delivered by VCS organisations on behalf of the Local Authority and the PCT Number of attendances of groups and organisations from the VCS accessing training and capacity building opportunities

14 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice Leicestershire Round Building Social Capital How to organise the sector across a County Each local CVS took leadership role across the seven blocks Organised sector across the County to engage in LAA process County VCS Infrastructure - CVS Community Partnership Strong Countywide Compacts - County, Districts, PCTs + LSC Safer & Stronger VCS Lead Measuring and enhancing Social Capital in 20 communities across the County/ LAA pump priming – researching the baseline Local Volunteers recruited to do door to door surveys of 10% of population Martin Gage – Lead Officer for Stronger Communities and CEO North West Leicestershire CVS

15 National Association for Voluntary and Community Action local focus national voice and Bradford REFRESH April 2006 Small grants and commissioning pots including new priorities for capacity building, and cross block working. Joint decision between VCS and service providers as a priority within LAA Safer and Stronger block. Top sliced from total budget before commissioning. Small grants budget of 50k over 2 Yrs - Community groups through a capacity building process. Outcomes linked to safer and stronger block. In recognition of the importance of small grants to stimulate civic renewal and engagement. Activity has to build capacity ! Commissioning pot of 95k Yr 1 120k Yr 2 – Important for organisations wanting to move to next level to deliver services. Exclusions economic, environment and training. Up to 2k but could be larger. Opposition until agreed that everyone could apply to it e.g. private and statutory partners. Criteria linked to NRF and LAA priorities.

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