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Infrastructure Development Project

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West Midlands Infrastructure Development Project

Regional Action West Midlands (RAWM) and Destination West Midlands (DWM) have successfully merged. DWM is now known as the West Midlands Infrastructure Development Project, or IDP.  Generic voluntary and community sector interests in the West Midlands are now represented through a single infrastructure body, RAWM.

Both RAWM and the sub-regional infrastructure consortia of IDP welcome this move; it rationalises what were previously overlapping internal sector interests, and offers external stakeholders much simpler access to voluntary and community sector infrastructure.

The IDP is still based at RAWM.

IDP contact details

The IDP Chair is:
Jacquie Aucott
Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs (WAYC)
07813 620761
Jubilee House
Westlea Road
Leamington Spa
CV31 3JE

The IDP Coordinator is Anna Hraboweckyj.

IDP aims

IDP promotes the value of voluntary and community sector infrastructure at a regional level, and secures strategic support for development agencies amongst public bodies in the West Midlands.

How IDP works

IDP does this by gathering the learning from sub-regional consortia and ensuring public sector partners hear about our sector’s good practice and its positive impact on regional priorities. This can range from how infrastructure is helping communities to deal with the recession, to how we contribute to better commissioning and procurement arrangements.

IDP governance

IDP is a RAWM strategy group and has a place on RAWM's board. This is ensures that capacity building is now at the heart of RAWM and integral to all its external relationships. Each consortium has a place on the group and elects a chair and vice-chair from amongst its numbers.

IDP and the future

We all know that funding for infrastructure is under severe pressure.  By bringing IDP into RAWM we believe we have a stronger platform from which to face the future. By collaborating we are now be able to take up opportunities which previously were difficult for us separately. IDP is building stronger relationships with other policy forums in RAWM.

IDP and equalities

The West Midlands Specialist Infrastructure Partnership (WMSIP) is one such policy forum. Before the merger WMSIP was part of DWM, now it is just as integral to RAWM. WMSIP focuses on equality and diversity issues, such as supporting development agencies to help front-line organisations for lesbian gay bisexual and transsexual people. There are representatives from disability interests, women's interests, BME interests etc as well as some thematic representatives, such as a housing network, a faith network and a rural network.

IDP retains very strong links with WMSIP and is committed to seek its contribution to regional infrastructure discussions.

Who’s in the IDP?

The IDP still consists of 9 subs regional consortia, each of which have frontline infrastructure organisations, volunteer centres and development agencies in their membership.

The consortia are:

  • Birmingham Change up Consortium
    Nora Darby
    138 Digbeth
    B5 6DR
    0121 678 8824
  • Black Country Consortium for Local Infrastructure Organisations (CLIO)
    Geoff Boswell
    Whiteheads Building, 26a Snow Hill
    WV2 4AF
    01902 572 032
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Infrastructure Consortium (CWIC)
    Jacqui Aucott
    Jubilee House, Westlea Road
    Leamington Spa
    CV31 3JE
    07813 620761
  • Herefordshire Infrastructure Consortium
    Philip Talbot
    c/o Community First, Malvern View, Willow End Park
    WR13 6NN
    01432 277 822
  • Shropshire Infrastructure Consortium
    Julia Baron
    4 The Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park
    SY2 6LG
    01743 237876
  • Solihull SUSTAIN
    Dave Pinwell
    The Priory, Church Hill Road
    B91 3LF
    0121 711 3148
  • Staffordshire Consortium of Infrastructure Organisations (SCIO)
    Janette Bourne
    12 Andrew Place
    Newcastle Under Lyme
    ST5 1DL
    01782 629269
  • Telford and Wrekin
    Mick Lloyd
    Meeting Point House, Southwater Square
    TF3 4HS
    01952 291350
  • Worcestershire Infrastructure Consortium
    Hasnah Sheriff
    c/o Community First, Malvern View, Willow End Park
    WR13 6NN
    01684 312742