Changing the Rules, Not Just Explaining the Rules! Post event page 1/12/17

Date: Friday 1st December 2017, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Venue: Nottingham CVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB


The VCS works hard to help solve many social problems, often being the only organised support to the most vulnerable or the most marginalised. To do this it helps deliver that support, but is most effective when its experience is taken up in the design of that support.

At last year’s conference we began a discussion on how the programmes we are involved with – and indeed all public services -  were changing. Now we are at a stage where discussions are beginning – at a whole host of levels – about new structures, policies, programmes and delivery methods – even aims – of much of the social provision we are key to. It is vital, not just for us but for the success of those changes, that we don’t just watch while this happens but are fully involved in shaping those changes.

Delegates at the event were able to listen and debate some of the issues – focusing on some key themes, and look at national, regional and local responses.

European Funds – a significant part of VCSE, indeed all public, provision – are tapering to an end by 2022. Their replacement will be a new Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF, a green paper is imminent). How and to what end will we be able to influence the defining of that programme?

At the more local level Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) are rewriting their Strategic Economic Plans. The annual event took place in a LEP area where social inclusion is to be integrated throughout the plan, rather than confined to a specific separate Framework. That too is under consultation right now – what are the key messages we can input? What are the lessons to or from other localities?

Health and Wellbeing provision, a long-time part of our work, is also being drawn closer to economic planning. This creates the space for more responsive organisation, and to allow work on the links between health need and provision, and economic need and provision in new ways. That discussion too is just beginning – how might we shape it?


The Shared Prosperity Fund (post Brexit ESIF replacement fund) - what works according to the third sector?

  • Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO on organising the national response to the Green Paper consultation

D2N2 - Strategic Economic Plan and Social Inclusion Framework Refresh - what does this mean for the third sector?

  • Jane Howson (VCSE rep to D2N2 Board and ESIF committee)
  • Rachel Quinn (D2N2 Active Inclusion Officer)

Health and Wellbeing - the evolving policy and funding landscape  - where are we now?

  • Cate Edwynn (Director of Public Health, Derby City Council)