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A 'new' approach to VCSE sector funding

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The Our Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector grants programme launched in 2017. This programme came about as a result of the work of the Co-Design Group detailed below. Questions and answers from the launch event and information sessions held by the Capacity Building Team at Macc, can be found here

Practical information on funding and commissioning can be found in the Support for groups section of this website. 

Co-Design Group
The first meeting of the co-design group was held on Monday 10 October 2016. A wide-ranging discussion developed a number of themes that will be discussed at future meetings. Click here to read the notes from the meeting.

The second meeting of the co-design group was held on Thursday 20 October. The first four of the themes identified in the first meeting were discussed in greater detail and some proposals are starting to be developed. Click here to read the notes from the meeting. These four themes were: resilience; prevention; neighbourhood and citywide; funding models.

The third meeting of the co-design group was held on Tuesday 1st November. It began with presentations focusing on examples of approaches to procurement including; setting up a separate organisation to do it - Manchester Youth Trust; crowd funding; and models from Camden and Bristol. The group then discussed the examples and began to develop a range of models. Please read this document to see a summary of all the discussions up to now and the models so far.

The fourth meeting of the co-design group was held on 18th November. Based on the work done in previous sessions, the group designed funding model options and considered the benefits of different approaches. The models suggested were written up into a consultation document which was sent out in early 2017. There were also consultation meetings in February 2017.

Click here to view the presentation from the Our Manchester VCS Funding Consultation events

The co-design group met on Feb 21st 2017 to discuss the results of the consultation and work out the implications for the design of the funding programme, identifying a number of issues that needed further work. These included answers to questions such as: what does strength based funding mean and how would it be evidenced?; define what Manchester-based is and how it is measured?; and what is the approach to neighbourhoods where there are not strong organisations? An implementation group was formed and has been meeting weekly to develop the detail of the funding programme. There have been 2 further meetings of the co-design group on 14th March and 11th April to discuss and agree recommendations based on the work of the implementation group. A summary of the work so far was presented to the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee on 25th May.

A summary of the consultation responses is attached below.

For some time, there have been discussions about developing a 'new' approach to Manchester City Council’s funding for the VCS sector. This would combine a number of existing funding streams into one approach which would potentially enable better strategic planning, flexibility and a more efficient system.

Over the summer of 2016, Manchester City Council invited VCS groups to a series of three workshops to start discussions on this new approach. The workshops took place as follows:

  • 18 August 2016 (Manchester Art Gallery)
  • 23 August 2016 (Irish World Heritage Centre)
  • 1 September 2016 (Luther King House)

From these sessions, it was agreed that a co-design group would be formed to develop the ideas further. Feedback from the sessions can be found here.

Remit of the Co-Design Group
The group’s main role will be to generate options and these will be shared more widely for discussion and debate with the VCSE sector (including via Macc’s ebulletins and website). Those taking part in the co-design group are encouraged to talk to sector colleagues and bring those views and insights to the table as the work progresses.

For further information about the co-design group and their remit, click here.

Membership of the Co-Design Group
The co-design group is made up of around 12 representatives with half the membership being from the VCS sector and the other half from the various council and NHS stakeholders.

It was agreed that Macc would handle the process of identifying VCS membership of the co-design group. Macc undertook a process of identifying VCS representatives and considered the following factors:

  • Timescale
  • Availability
  • Balance of interests across the existing funding streams
  • Diversity of groups in terms of scale, geography and communities of interest
  • A good range of knowledge, insight and experience reflecting the sector

Clearly, it was never going to be practically possible to have a single person around the table for each type, size and thematic interest in the sector with only six potential spaces. Macc therefore proposed a membership and approached a number of individuals to participate in the group. We recognise that this is not ideal but it is better to be pragmatic and work with this opportunity by putting forward a good team to give a sector perspective. It is also important to note that this co-design group will not be the last word on the process: their role is to be a collaborative space for devising proposals. Membership of the co-design group is only the next step in the conversation between the council and the VCS.

Co-Design Group Membership

Name Position and Organisation Relevant involvement / experience
Claire Evans CEO, 4CT Involved with Community Associations Network.
Background in supporting place-based organisations and supporting other groups. Community Associations funding experience. East Manchester.
Email: claire.evans.4ct@btconnect.com
Lynne Stafford CEO, Gaddum Centre Gaddum has a range of funding relationships with MCC. Also provides ‘hub’ arrangements for key interests such as carers and advocacy services. Public sector (NHS) background and good knowledge outside Manchester. Carers Funding. City Wide.
Email: lynne@gaddum.co.uk
Francess Davies-Tagoe CEO, Tree of Life Running a locally based organisation which balances commercial and grant funded activities. Also involved in a range of networks in Wythenshawe.
Experience of strategic work in previous roles. Wellbeing Fund Experience.
Email: francess@treeoflifecentre.org.uk
Rachel Bottomley Funding Manager, LGBT Foundation Experience of a range of funding mechanisms. Equalities Fund and Wellbeing Fund experience. City Wide experience within equalities field.
Email: rachel.bottomley@lgbt.foundation
Martin Preston Deputy Chief Executive, Macc Experience of sector funding models in Manchester and other parts of NW. VCS sector infrastructure.
Email: martin@macc.org.uk
Michael Salmon Commissioning Manager (Mental Health), Manchester City Council Email: m.Salmon@manchester.gov.uk
Mark Rainey Strategic Lead Neighbourhoods (South), Manchester City Council Email: m.rainey@manchester.gov.uk
Nicola Rea Strategic Lead Commissioner, Manchester City Council Commissioning responsibility for Carers organisations and Health and Wellbeing organisations, as well as other city wide responsibilities. Experience of strategic and commissioning work and previous experience in managing services.
Email: nicola.rea@manchester.gov.uk
Elizabeth Mitchell Reform and Innovation Analyst, Manchester City Council Email: e.mitchell1@manchester.gov.uk
Liz Goodger Strategic Commissioning Manager - Programmes, Manchester City Council Email: l.goodger@manchester.gov.uk
Val Bayliss-Brideaux Senior Engagement Manager, Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups Email: val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net
Juliet Eadie Lead Commission for Mental Health, Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups Email: julieteadie@nhs.net

Dates and times of Co-Design Group meetings

Details to follow...

Previous meetings and notes

The first meeting was held on 10 October 2016. Click here to read the notes from the meeting

The second meeting was held on 20 October 2016. Click here to read the notes from the meeting

The third meeting was held on 1 November 2016. Click here to read the notes from the meeting

The fourth meeting was held on 18 November 2016