One East Midlands, Social Inclusion and D2N2 LEP

One East Midlands has, for some time, done important work on Social Inclusion – particularly in the context of European Funding. From 2009 OEM worked closely with the East Midlands lead agency, CEFET on the topic [CEFET archive, which makes very interesting reading in this context, is available through the Tools & Resources section of this website]. This collaboration had notable effect in the “2010: European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion” Project “All In One” [also in the CEFET archive]. In 2013 CEFET dissolved into OEM to work on the issues and continue developing “the four principles of Social Inclusion” established by CEFET over 15 years work. For reference these are:

  • Although the final aim is work, the path out of exclusion is often long and complex and, in a majority of cases, does not start with explicitly employment-related intervention.
  • Anti-Exclusion work is particular and specialized, requiring expertise and experience.
  • Inclusion work has to involve the excluded themselves at the local level of design and delivery. They are the experts in the barriers of exclusion, and in the activities that will counter them.
  • Partnership arrangements allowing all actors to be mobilized at the appropriate level is the key to a successful Active Inclusion Programme.

One East Midlands also has a history of involvement with European Funding, not least the All in One project and the recent Reach and Impact ERDF project.

It was therefore completely natural for OEM to try to develop work on the new (2014-2020, nominally) European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) as they were rolled out with a 20% commitment to Social Inclusion Work. This lead to developing collaboration and partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in the region as they have been assigned a leading role in applying ESIF funds in their localities.

To be fair, the depth of collaboration with LEPs has been uneven. However, great success has been achieved with the D2N2 (Derby & Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) LEP. This has consisted in partnership work in drafting a Social Inclusion Framework*; setting up a D2N2 Social Inclusion Advisory Group* (SIAG); developing a Scoping Report for a Community Programme* (in an attempt to apply the above principles to ESIF Social Inclusion work in the area).

In 2016 OEM’s new board reaffirmed OEM’s commitment to seeing that this work continues.

Below are links to the important documents mentioned above*; and to minutes, papers and reports from VCS representatives in the D2N2 board and committees [newest first]: