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Greater Manchester Growth and Reform Plan

As well as areas such as transport, housing and skills, the Greater Manchester Growth and Reform Plan also included priorities around the reform of public services.

These consisted of scaling up work with troubled families and a major reform of health and social care provision. The proposed health and social care delivery model has been agreed with NHS partners and local authorities, and will include central resource centres providing a single point of contact for patients and promoting voluntary and community sector provision.

Read more in Greater Manchester’s Growth and Reform Plan.

Bristol BME Voice

Bristol BME Voice works across public agencies to promote the inclusion of black and minority ethnic (BME) people and communities in Bristol’s public agencies. One of its activities has been to support the establishment of the BME Diversity project group by the West of England LEP.

The group has encouraged the LEP to demonstrate a greater commitment to promoting equalities in its Strategic Plan and to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment on its strategy. It is also supporting the LEP to run equalities training for its staff and partners.

Bristol BME Voice was shortlisted in the Advancing Equality category of the Compact Awards.

New Anglia LEP’s Community Challenge Fund

New Anglia LEP set up a £160,000 Community Challenge Fund to support projects targeting the most disadvantaged people ion Norfolk and Suffolk. The eight projects, which each received £20,000 of funding, were selected by New Anglia LEP working in partnership with Norfolk Community Foundation and Suffolk Community Foundation.

The long-term unemployed and those suffering from mental ill health, disabilities or homelessness are the focus of the projects, which range from bike mechanic workshops and forest schools to stage shows, sports coaching and gardening. Read more about the Community Challenge Fund at New Anglia LEP.

Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group

A number of voluntary sector support organisations came together to form the Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group and secure voluntary sector engagement with the Marches LEP.

Prompted by a need to feed into the ESIF Strategy, the group designed and delivered a series of engagement events and research projects to cover the LEP’s area (three local authority areas).

The group brought together organisations that had not worked together due to administrative boundaries and the geographical distance between them. It developed a productive relationship with the LEP and helped ensure that the ESIF strategy was based on local need.

The Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group was shortlisted in the Engagement category for the Compact Awards.

Voluntary organisation representation on D2N2 board

The D2N2 LEP Board worked with the regional infrastructure body One East Midlands to support recruitment for the voluntary sector board member. This included producing a role description and organising an open and transparent recruitment process.

Following interviews of shortlisted candidates, One East Midlands and a panel of voluntary sector representatives made recommendation to D2N2 about the best suited candidates. D2N2 then selected Rob Crowder from Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire to be the VCSE board member. Rob has a remit to input VCSE views/feedback and provide voluntary sector intelligence to feed into the ESIF Plan and Strategic Economic Plan. He also has an additional remit to look at rural issues.

Read more about voluntary sector representation on the D2N2 Board.

Heart of the South West LEP social inclusion planning

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership commissioned South West Forum to produce a report about social inclusion.

South West Forum held consultation events in Somerset, Exeter and Plymouth and used the social inclusion template developed by One East Midlands and Regional Voices to aid discussions about social inclusion priorities and collect local sector intelligence.

The report concluded that there is commitment among the sector to identify potential collaboration models. 
Find out more about the Heart of the South West LEP’s social inclusion planning.

Memorandum of Understanding in Hampshire/Surrey area

The Enterprise M3 LEP area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest covering mid to north Hampshire and South West Surrey. The LEP entered into a memorandum of understanding with Community Action Hampshire and Surrey Community Action.

The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to recognise the economic contribution of the voluntary sector, ensure that the business needs to social enterprises and social entrepreneurs are taken into consideration, improve access for the not for profit sector to government opportunities and facilitate partnership working.

Find out more about Enterprise M3.

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