Tricia Rich, Public Health England (originally posted February 2015)
On Monday 9 February 2015, VCSE organisations met in London to discuss the four questions guiding the inclusion and equalities work theme. Some headlines from the discussion are listed below.
For more detailed notes from the discussion please download the documents at the end of the post.
1. What are the particular challenges faced in achieving funding and building partnership for organisations working with specific communities, or groups with protected characteristics?
- We don’t get sought out by local commissioning groups
- There is a move towards generic services provided by big contracts
- Increasingly less funding
- Funding focuses on ‘innovation’
- Lack of funding for advocacy and infrastructure organisations
2. Some charities and causes are more appealing to the general public than others. Should central government or local statutory organisations focus more support on those charities or causes less likely to attract charitable donations because they are less well-known or popular, or which affect a smaller group or community?
3. There is evidence that work with some groups and communities is more likely to be affected by funding cuts than others. Should central government or local statutory bodies direct their funding to compensate for any disproportionate impact?
- Politics can get in the way of meeting need
- Need to support for smaller organisations
- ‘Success’ can bring challenges
- What are we missing?
- What could be done?
4. A key feature of the VCSE sector has been its willingness to challenge discrimination and inequality. Do new models of funding compromise the sector’s independence? What examples are there of how the statutory and VCSE sectors can work together to maintain VCSE organisations’ role as critical friend and champion of those who are excluded or marginalised?
- What works well?
- What is more difficult?
- What could be done differently
What do you think? Please post your comments below