Third Sector Assembly
Central Bedfordshire Together and Central Bedfordshire Council are producing a Community Engagement Strategy and would very much like to explore some of the key issues and options emerging from this work with members of the Assembly.
You are therefore invited to a half-day workshop that will enable you to influence and contribute to this important strategy:
Date: Wednesday 12 December 2012
Venue: The Davis Room at The Rufus Centre, Flitwick. For travel information and directions click here.
How to Book
Please register in advance so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements.
To confirm attendance, please send an email here. Places are limited, so please book early to guarantee your place.
Workshop Purpose and Objectives
This workshop is designed to enable Assembly members to contribute to the emerging (revised) Community Engagement Strategy for Central Bedfordshire. The objectives of the workshop are:
- To confirm the key principles underpinning the strategy
- To consider the key issues and options for inclusion in the strategy
- To identify key issues for building the capacity of local people to engage
- To identify local engagement models for local communities and the sector
The Third Sector Assembly provides voluntary groups and community organisations operating within Central Bedfordshire with a sound mechanism to communicate and organise themselves effectively, address issues, and shape their future and that of the communities they work with.
The Third Sector Assembly joined up with Central Bedfordshire Together on 26 January 2012 for a workshop to consider Localism and Open Public Services.
The focus for the workshop was on how we can build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector to take on the delivery of services and to support local communities in doing more for themselves.
Workshop facilitator Tim Whitworth from the Office of Public Management (OPM) led the workshop, which saw partners tackle such questions as ‘What do we want to be different for the people of Central Bedfordshire in organisations and communities working together?’, ‘What could we do more of?’ and ‘What could we do differently?’
The objectives of the workshop were for the Central Bedfordshire Together Partnership Board and Third Sector Assembly Workshop to explore what we can be done together to meet the needs of local residents and businesses.
By the end of the workshop participants had:
- explored the opportunities for the voluntary and community sector to contribute to new ways of taking on the delivery of more services for local people;
- identified the skills and capacity required to be put into place in order for this to happen; and
- related and aligned these opportunities and requirements to the priorities and challenges facing Central Bedfordshire.
You can view the presentations from the joint workshop below.