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Welcome. The Big Society: the big debate for Oxfordshire. What a difference a year makes!. Alison Baxter OCVA. What has OSCA achieved?. Robust cross-sector partnership Election process for representatives on other partnerships

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The Big Society:

the big debate for Oxfordshire

what has osca achieved
What has OSCA achieved?
  • Robust cross-sector partnership
  • Election process for representatives on other partnerships
  • Funding advice and development support to meet the needs of front line groups
  • Increasing number of communities involved in producing community-led plans
  • Significant increase in the number of potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities
what has osca achieved1
What has OSCA achieved?
  • Forum events with a total attendance of around 350 groups
  • ‘Building Better Neighbourhoods, the contribution to community life by faith groups in Oxfordshire’ published June 2010
  • Compact Equalities and Diversity code published
  • Equalities forum still not in place
what has changed
What has changed?
  • Overall cuts to local government of at least 26% over 4 years
  • Migration Impacts Project cut mid-year
  • No more Local Area Agreement targets – or reward
  • Place Survey won’t be repeated but MORI poll of voluntary organisations is happening again
  • OSCA grants pot halved in size but open for bidding
what has changed or not
What has changed – or not?
  • Role of partnerships is changing
  • Disappearance of regions and emerging LEP
  • Personal budgets for health and social care
  • NHS reforms and move to GP commissioning
  • Breaking the cycle of deprivation initiative and Regeneration programme
  • Risk of high levels of unemployment
  • 10 areas in Oxford are still amongst 10% least well educated in the county
big society and communities
Big Society and communities
  • Shifts power from central government to local people and local government
  • More freedom and power for local councils to decide what to spend their money on
  • Increased transparency
  • ‘Right to buy’ community assets at risk of closure
  • ‘Right to bid’ to take over local facilities such as libraries and parks
  • More input to decision making (e.g. planning)
  • Community First Fund
big society and civil society
Big Society and civil society
  • Promotes the delivery of public services by social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups
  • Transition Fund of £100 million (Big Lottery)
  • Encourages public sector workers to set up cooperatives to run services
  • ‘Big Society bank’
  • Cuts bureaucracy and red tape
  • Encourages charitable giving
big society and volunteering
Big Society and volunteering
  • ‘Big Society day’
  • National Citizens Service for young people
  • Encouragement for civil servants to volunteer (‘civic service’)
  • Training for 5,000 unpaid ‘community organisers’ – tender now open
osca needs to evolve
OSCA needs to evolve
  • Support for voluntary organisations delivering public services
  • Support for community self-help and volunteering
  • Support for social and community enterprise
  • Recognition of economic value
  • Support for participation and ‘voice’
  • Speaking up for the vulnerable
what has osca done
What has OSCA done?
  • Survey and Surviving the Cuts workshop
  • Preparing for Change workshop and report
  • Mobilising communities event and report
  • Human Resources conference
  • Procurement changes
  • Charity and Volunteer Awards
  • Transforming Adult Social Care meetings
  • Lobbying for recognition in LEP
  • Revised business plan
how can you help us to help you
How can you help us to help you?
  • Comment on the new business plan
  • Respond to the Office for Civil Society consultation
  • Tell us what you need
  • Give us stories about the value of your work
  • Stand for election and vote for your representatives