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Infrastructure works to develop and connect voluntary and community organisations and to influence funders and policymakers. This page brings together resources and information on infrastructure and its role for the VCS.

East Midlands Local Infrastructure Symposium 2014 – Post event page

One East Midlands and BIG Assist’s second annual local infrastructure symposium, aimed at local infrastructure organisations across the East Midlands who wanted to look at future directions and new opportunities, took place on Wednesday 9 April in Nottingham.

East Midlands Local Infrastructure Symposium – Post event page

One East Midlands and BIG Assist hosted a joint event, on Wednesday 26 June in Leicester, for Local Infrastructure Organisations across the East Midlands to look at the future direction and new opportunities for local infrastructure.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure works to develop and connect voluntary and community organisations and to influence funders and policymakers. See below for a diagram that sets out the main functions of infrastructure organisations.

BIG Assist programme extended

An extra £1million of funding will be made available to local infrastructure bodies as part of a 12-month extension to the BIG Assist programme.

Change for Good

Local infrastructure bodies in the social sector need to adapt to new technologies and find more creative ways of securing funding or risk being left behind, a Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure report has found.

Charity Commission e-bulletin for umbrella bodies

The Charity Commission has launched an e-bulletin for umbrella bodies and capacity-building charities, entitled Network News.

Infrastructure finders updated

One East Midlands has updated its searchable directories of VCS infrastructure organisations in the East Midlands and East.

Increased demand for infrastructure services

Almost two-thirds of infrastructure organisations have experienced an increase in demand for their services over the past year, according to research published by Navca.

Updates to Big Assist programme

Big Assist, the programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, was updated in May 2014.

NAVCA Independent Commission

On 31 March NAVCA launched an independent commission to look at the future of local infrastructure, which until October will examine existing local VCS infrastructure and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years.

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