Midlands LEPs......and what opportunities exist for the VCS
The Midlands (including the East of England) as a whole is scheduled to receive more than £1.8billion through European funding for the period 2014-2020 of which a significant proportion is identified for social inclusion. The breakdown is the West Midlands receiving over £910 million, the East Midlands £700 million and the East of England nearly £300 million.
However the Midlands funding is allocated, it is crucial the VCS has a voice in shaping how and where money is invested.
Government has proposed that LEPs will play a key role in the next programme for European Structural Funds (2014 – 2020) by setting the strategic direction and framework for investments leading to growth through reducing poverty and creating jobs.
This event is your chance to hear about the programme, learn how the VCS can influence this and help set local priorities.
The hashtag for the event is #MidsLEPsVCS
9.30am Registration and coffee
10.00am Welcome and introductions - Mike Barnes, Chair, RAWM
10.10am Aims and Purpose of the event - Ingrid Gardiner, ESF Effectiveness Manager, NCVO
10.20am The future role of LEPs in the next programme of EU Structural Funds Speaker: Rachel Quinn, CEO, One East Midlands
11.00am ‘Word on the street’ - Local Enterprise Partnerships…..Partner, Commissioner, Collaborator and / or competitor?….. Speaker: Matthew Poole, West Midlands Manager, Big Lottery Fund
11.20am Q & A - Rachel Quinn
11.50am Workshop sessions
Building VCS & LEP partnerships (1) Framing a shared agenda for
- Community led local development + Social and economic inclusion - Rachel Quinn
- Resourcing growth (Big Lottery) - Matthew Poole
- Supporting and growing local workforce - Elaine Kingston, RGF Project Manager, Bournville College
Building VCS & LEP partnerships (2) Making it work
- What practical things do we do between now and December / January 2014
- Building the existing VCSE working groups to be more inclusive