East Midlands Local Infrastructure Symposium

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 - 09:30 to 15:00
Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester LE1 5SN

One East Midlands and BIG Assist are hosting a joint event for Local Infrastructure Organisations across the East Midlands to look at the future direction and new opportunities for local infrastructure. Local infrastructure organisations have battled through a turbulent period which continues to see reductions in Local Authority budgets, huge changes to NHS and health structures, the introduction of ‘market-led’ models of support services and increasing demands for service with demonstration of impact.

However, future opportunities to work with the developing Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and new health delivery structures exist. As well as the potential to reap rewards from achievements made through various transformation and streamlining programmes.

This event provides a rare opportunity for LIOs to consider collectively a range of powerful issues currently facing the VCS, including:

  • The impact of ‘market-led’ infrastructure (The ‘Big Assist’ model)
  • Sector’s response to welfare reform,
  • The rise of LEPs and implications for the VCS,
  • Equality Impact Assessments – bridging the gap where specialist no longer exist
  • Measuring impact – choosing from the range of tools available
  • Keeping up with health – tracking and engaging with emerging health structures
  • Infrastructure Transformation – lessons from TLI

We will cover a wide range of strategic topics in a short period of time so enthusiastic engagement is an essential requirement of all delegates. This will be a facilitated event with opportunities to share experience and learn from one another. 

Big Assist will be joining us for the event to share their learning so far around the current needs of groups contacting them, the progress of a market-led approach and to enhance their learning around the current pressures facing LIOs in the East Midlands.



Generic and specialist support providers to the VCS, social enterprise and wider civil society organisations. The event will be appropriate for senior managers, policy leads, funding advisors / group development works and leads of TLI / transformation projects.


Outcomes and objectives

This event is an opportunity for LIOs to share their current situations and learn from others. There will also be opportunity to develop thinking around our collective and individual responses to future challenges focusing on:

  • The development of planned responses to social issues;
  • Engagement strategies with new structures and stakeholders
  • Understanding tools and techniques to help demonstrate the impact of our work, and;
  • Building awareness of future opportunities for LIOs.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to meet new faces and reacquaint with others – sharing your expertise and experiences.

To download the full agenda click here.



We are offering one free place on this event per member organisation with a £10 charge per additional place for each member organisation. The charge for attendees from non member organisations is £25 per person. Non members and members who have booked more than one place, will be invoiced by One East Midlands after you have booked your place.

To book your place click here.

If you are unsure if your organisation is a member of One East Midlands contact Claire Chapman, Information and Membership Officer, at clairechapman@one-em.org.uk or on 0115 934 8471.

If you are interested in becoming a member of One East Midlands and enjoying the many benefits of doing so, including free or reduced event booking, visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/membership to apply online.


Cancelation policy

Space at this event is extremely limited and it is anticipated that a reserve list will be in operation for this event. It is therefore requested that you inform the event organisers as soon as possible if you cannot attend for any reason.

Unless notice is received more than three days prior to the event, if you book a free place and do not attend a charge of £25 per delegate will be levied and if you booked a paid place your payment per canceled delegate will not be refunded. Substitutions are allowed.