Posted by helenshankster on 11th April 2011
The funding streams for the National Empowerment Partnership’s Every Voice Counts and the Targeted Support Empowerment and Participation Initiative (TSEPI) came to an end on 31st March 2011, but RAWM will continue supporting the work streams created by this project.
RAWM – the vibrant, passionate and strategic support agency for the voluntary and community sector in the West Midlands – is pleased to announce that it is continuing to support the sector as we enter the new financial year 2011–12.
In what is a transition year for RAWM, 2011–12 will provide opportunities to GetConnected, StayConnected and BeConnected with the voluntary and community sector through RAWM via a number of digital platforms.
Sharon Palmer, RAWM’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“RAWM will continue to keep the sector updated on all the latest news, events, resources and discussions around voice, influence and engagement. If you have something to say we want to ‘hear’ your tweets! Alternatively, you can contact us by email, fax, phone or post – we’re still around and we’re planning on staying! RAWM will still be here specialising in facilitating sector voice, supporting sector influence and delivering sector engagement.”
Posted by Denise Taylor on 11th March 2011
A report prepared by Rob Hindle and Alison McLean (January 2011).
Download the full report (pdf, 229kb)
Posted by Denise Taylor on 7th March 2011
Lichfield and District Community & Voluntary Support
Working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council this project aimed for varied outcomes: empowering people as a means of giving them choice and using the focus on personalisation as a means of bringing organisations up to speed so that they can thrive in the new environment.
This focus reflected a concern that support services would be lost and the empowerment that personalisation was meant to bring to individuals would not be realised.
Posted by Denise Taylor on 4th March 2011
Friar Park, Oakham Church, Dudley College and Sandwell MBC
A partnership project, linked to Connecting Communities Programme, led by Sandwell MBC with Friar Park in Wednesbury, and Oakham Church in Rowley Regis.
The project had two strands which focussed on Young People and their families. The areas in the project were characterised by significant, intense social and economic problems, drug and alcohol abuse and the families were classed as hard to engage.
Sandwell Local Authority partnered with locally based community and voluntary groups who were able to exploit existing contacts and put in the extra work needed.
Posted by Denise Taylor on 1st March 2011
This short review presents the findings of an overview evaluation of the TSEPI projects carried out through the Coventry Partnership between 2010 and 2011.
Read the case study evaluation (doc, 389kb)
Posted by Denise Taylor on 15th February 2011
Deelands Tenants Hall is currently owned by the City Council and funded through the Northfield Constituency’s Community Development budget. This budget incorporated costs for utilities, rates and small scale repair and maintenance work. The hall is located on the Cock Hill Estate within one of Birmingham City Council’s 31 priority neighbourhoods. With the lack of an active third sector within and around the estate, the 2009-2011 Neighbourhood Management Plan identified the hall as the key vehicle for local community regeneration through consultation and engagement. Currently, the hall has very limited community use (on average 5 hours per week).
The hall’s facilities include an indoor hall, office, music studio, garden area and multi use games areas (not floodlit).
Posted by Denise Taylor on 14th February 2011
The term ‘co-production’ was coined originally at the University of Indiana in the 1970s when Professor Elinor Ostrom was asked to explain to the Chicago police why the crime rate went up when the police came off the beat and into patrol cars. She used the term as a way of explaining why the police need the community as much as the community need the police.
This project looked at Public Services as almost anything we do which depends on other people. The project set out to explore and highlight cases in the West Midlands region, looking at the old NI 4 authorities and interpreting past experience through round table discussions.
Posted by Denise Taylor on 13th February 2011
In May 2010, with initial support from the BCC Community Empowerment Lead, and funding from the Target Support for Empowerment and Participation Improvement (TSEPI) Fund and then financial support from Be Birmingham, WiRED launched the Birmingham Women Take Part (BWTP) Programme.
A twelve session programme aimed at BAME women across the city, the programme was designed to bring together women from diverse communities to encourage them, inspire them and to equip them to take part in and influence decision making processes.
The programme proposal entailed training, support and mentoring for women around issues of citizenship, personal development and social transformation. Women were given the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to increase their participation in community activity and in influencing the decisions that affect them. The programme was underpinned by community development values and utilised the approach of the ALAC initiative (Active Learning for Active Citizenship) now known as the Take Part framework www.takepart.org.
Read the full Birmingham Women Take Part Evaluation Report (doc, 266kb)
Posted by Denise Taylor on 12th February 2011
Background statistics showed that there were thematic groups who didn’t get involved in decision making and the City wasn’t able to do as much work in this area as it wanted. The Target Support for Empowerment and Participation Improvement (TSEPI) fund enabled a number of activities targeting specific thematic groups.