Damian Brady's latest Blog tackles the topical and often misunderstood subject of Co-production
The latest blog from our CEO Damian Brady, highlights the importance of completing the State of the Sector Survey 2018.
Whether it is the impact of the EU referendum vote; general economic, political, social or demographic change; premises issues or Community Commissioning, these are times of great flux for charities. Tower Hamlets ‘State of the Sector’ survey aims to get a picture of the current challenges impacting voluntary sector organisations in the borough.
Eleven weeks ago, I became the Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets CVS. Since then, I have been on a learning curve like no other I have experienced. This blog attempts to capture some of what I have learned and to present that for sharing and discussion with the not for profit sector in the borough.
That times are tough
'You Said We Did' Workshop Slides
By popular demand, we have made the slides from the 'You Said We Did' Council Grants Policy Workshop we held on the 6th December 2017, available online (see attached document below).
Feedback from the workshop (where we asked people to scrutinise the feedback so far) will be available early in the New Year.
SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MWCLNL7
So, after engaging more than 70 different organisations / community groups in our Council Grants Policy discussion over 3 workshops since the 30th October, we have been able to theme the feedback. It makes for very interesting, reading (for a collection of what is essentially facilitators' notes).
There are clear themes that emerged through all of the workshops, even though tthe conversations were very different.
In terms of what grants should fund the majority of input was suggesting:
Here are the facilitator notes we wrote up from the discussions we had on the 16th and 22nd November Council Grants Policy Co-production workshops.
I am posting these notes for transparency and the interest of those present.
I am in the process of sorting these notes and the notes from the launch into themes and creating recommendations based on these that we will test via our focus groups and survey. Eventually all of the input will be written into a final report from THCVS.
Looking back on the participant input from the Council Grants Policy Co-production Launch on the 30th October, it's clear to see that people were really engaged with the open questions we asked.
This feedback helped shape the next workshops we held on the 16th and 22nd November. I have attached it here for everyone to see.
This Monday (31st October) THCVS hosted the launch event for co-producing the Tower Hamlets Council's new grants policy. After presentations from the Mayor and David Freeman (LBTH's VCS Strategy Manager) we started a process of discussing what the grants policy should look like in a year if everything goes well, facilitated by staff here at THCVS and council officers involved in LBTH's VCS strategy.
A number of interesting points were raised, including: