Local Lancashire Forum Discussion Events

Engage in conversation with sector colleagues

BPRCVS is hosting a number of online forum discussion events via Zoom to engage with you, the leaders of local community, voluntary, and faith groups and organisations. We want to know what you think about a range of topics. Join us and help drive the development of Lancashire based on what you require.

BPRCVS introduces you to… 

 

A conversation between the VCFSE sector in Lancashire. 

Have your say.

Over the next few years, Lancashire (14), which includes Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen will be subject to drastic changes, of which the VCFSE sector will be inevitably impacted and involved.

LOCAL is a conversation process which has been set up to develop a collective vision for the VCFSE sector in the wider area as well as specific districts. We need to be able to make the case for our communities, for our sector and for ideas that make a real difference. We need to be very clear about what is important to the 10,000 plus groups operating across the area. It is vital that we understand how we can collectively push for the kind of changes, ideas, and necessary investment to enable more effective service to our communities. This is our opportunity to develop what “building back” looks like for us.

 

What is the comment forum for?

The comment forum is a space to discuss the proposed priorities. We want to know: Are they what’s important to your organisation? How are we going to achieve them? Have we missed anything?

What are you going to do with my data?

We will use it to keep in contact during the 10-week conversation regarding events and updates. For more details, please see our privacy policy.

How long will the comment forum be running?

The comment forum will run for 5 weeks, making up phase 1 of the LOCAL Lancashire Vision creation process. You can see full information and details of the phases for creating the shared vision for Lancashire here.

Why should I engage in this conversation?

We want a strong mandate, based on a collectively designed vision for the sector in Lancashire (14). To engage in the conversation is to make your organisation’s and localities needs heard and will help shape the future of the VCFSE sector in GL.

How can I get involved if I can’t attend the Zoom forum sessions?

If you are unable to attend any of our organised Zoom forum sessions, you can still participate in this critical discussion by posting your thoughts in the Local Lancashire Comment Forum.

Have your say here: https://www.locallancashire.org.uk/forum-menu/

We encourage the use of the “vote” function so we can compile the most popular responses.

What are the suggested priorities?

Ten priority areas have been identified as a starting point, but they are not written in stone. What do you think? Are any of these important to your group or organisation? We have resisted over-defining these headers. We want the detail, specific outcomes and clear asks to arise from this conversation, from you. We also want to know: Is this something that you would like to be involved in and help make a reality?

  • Implement An Anti-Poverty Strategy For Lancashire
  • Levelling Up: Secure National Investment To Build An Economic Model For All Of Lancashire
  • Equality & Justice For All
  • Grow Sustainable, Environmental Communities
  • Harness The VCFSE Role In Inclusive Local Economies
  • Develop The Sector’s Role In Helping People Into Employment
  • Build A Social Prescribing Model For Lancashire
  • Person & Community-Centred Public Service Models
  • Scale Up VCFSE Role In Building Safer Communities
  • Adequately Resource The VCFSE Sector
  • Any Other Ideas

 

Zoom forum sessions

BPRCVS is inviting you to attend our Zoom forum sessions where you can have your say in the conversation process.

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Session 1 – 6th April 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Implement An Anti-Poverty Strategy For Lancashire

All groups, large and small, have a key part to play in this by ensuring that the balance between affordability for the member is balanced with the ability to operate. Affordable activities contribute to an anti-poverty strategy.

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Levelling Up: Secure National Investment To Build An Economic Model For All Of Lancashire

A government policy where they aim to ensure that the North is as well-resourced as the South. In Europe, this has partly been achieved by locating government departments out of cities. We have an important part to play by being part of a “good place to live and work”.

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Session 2 – 6th April 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Equality & Justice For All

We ensure that all are welcome to be part of our groups and that we meet the needs of the communities we serve. There is also an element of encouraging enquirers to join the group best equipped for them; a network of groups and activities can contribute hugely to this aim.

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Grow Sustainable, Environmental Communities

Community groups contribute to the environment by being local and accessible. They use local assets so contribute to the operation of those. They are part of the patch work of local community life, so have magnificent social value.

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Session 3 – 7th April 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Harness The VCFSE Role In Inclusive Local Economies

This is enabling action to drive forward jobs and access to jobs. All groups have a key part to play in this by reminding committee members and active volunteers that the skills that they are using in these roles are often transferable to employment. Voluntary groups are often a key to developing self-confidence.

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Develop The Sector’s Role In Helping People Into Employment

The Covid crisis has bitten deep into the economy. There will be an increase in work programmes for those who are not working. Voluntary groups can benefit from these as well as encourage members to sign up. This may be the time for a group to make the step into employing someone at reduced and minimal financial risk.

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Session 4 – 7th April 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Build A Social Prescribing Model For Lancashire

There is an increasing movement which encourages people to “do something” rather than take pills. Voluntary groups can be welcoming of the less confident by being part of the patchwork of activities available within the local community. The social prescribing movement is increasing in scope, with Covid accelerating that increase. this may be a route to obtain limited financial support to run activities for all.

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Person & Community-Centred Public Service Models

This reminds us of why we do what we do. Who benefits? How do we know? Who does not come, and do we know why? Could more people benefit and, if so, how can we make that happen? These are all questions that, if we can find the answers for our group, contribute to social justice.

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Session 5 – 8th April 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Scale Up VCFSE Role In Building Safer Communities

By providing activity for the local community, voluntary groups contribute to this statement in a positive and important manner. Being channels for communication creates a contribution to community safety and being a group that enables crime prevention information to be shared. Have you considered using Community Payback for works that are premises and grounds related?

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Adequately Resource The VCFSE Sector

Voluntary groups achieve great things with little financial resource. There are three elements of resource contained in most groups which we need to shout about. These are Enthusiasm, Motivation and Volunteers. It is quite helpful to have some money to enable longevity and affordability and we need to shout about that as well.

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Session 6 – 8th April 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Another Chance To Have Your Say On Any Of The 10 Suggested Priorities

This is another chance to have your say on any of the 10 suggested priorities. Open to any group that couldn’t attend the earlier sessions, but please feel free to attend and add to your suggestions if you’ve thought of something since participating in one of the earlier forum discussions.

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Any Other Ideas

Do you have any other priorities which are important to your group or organisation in Greater Lancashire? How could these be achieved?

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Session agendas

Each Zoom forum session will follow the same pattern. We’re aware that not all of these suggested priorities will apply to every group and therefore we will spend the first 30 minutes of each session introducing Local Lancashire and the concept with a short presentation.

If you’re looking to attend more than one session you can join the forum discussion 15 minutes after the start of the respective session. However, we would strongly recommend that you join your first session at the proposed start time so that you can get more information about Local Lancashire and what we’re trying to achieve.

Start @ 10 a.m. / 2 p.m. – 15 minutes – Introduction to Local Lancashire presentation

Priority 1 @ 10:15 a.m. / 2:30 p.m. – 45 minutes

Priority 2 @ 11:00 a.m. / 3:00 p.m. – 45 minutes

Close @ 11:45 a.m. / 3:45 p.m.

 

Forum user guidelines

We want the LOCAL vision and this online comment forum to be a place where VCFSE sector organisations feel comfortable to express their views, but in turn respected. 

We do not expect members of the VCFSE sector to necessarily agree on everything, however we have a zero-tolerance policy to any abusive or threatening behaviour on the forum. We also do not allow content promoting hatred, discrimination or violence against others based on race, cultural identity, ethnic background, religious beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. 

We will be unable to pre-screen every comment made on the comment forum, as we want to encourage input and a natural flow of conversation. However, we will be moderating the content as much as we can and will remove anything which does not follow these guidelines and potentially block the user from further input. 

If you see anything on this forum which you deem to be a breach of these guidelines, please get in touch via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..