As promised here are some more details about what you can expect from me over the coming months. My job is to help members get to grips with the issue of taking over or transferring a local service. Here’s what’s coming your way:
Our first video interview is ‘in the can’ as they say, and explores the experiences of Andy Wiggans, Chair of the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT). As a social enterprise WLCT has, for the past 10 years, run the local authority’s leisure and culture services. Andy shared his learning on the commissioning process and creating a sustainable business model, amongst other topics.
I am keen for future interviews to be guided by you, the group. What challenges do you face? What learning do you need? Who and what organisations do you think we can learn from? You can contact me on Fiery Spirits or at email@example.com.
Thanks Tom, will be really interesting to see what comes out of your work.
I am currently conducting an evaluation of a JRF sponsored pilot happening in Bradford, where social enterpreneurs are co-producing public services with communities and the local authority (in response to the current austerity drive). The Social Entrepeneurs are receiving finanicial support from UnLtd, The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, and in-kind advice and support from the local authority, making this a relatively unique initiative.
I am really keen to share our learning about this, and also learn from others working in the area of co-production and servcie transfer. I am currently in the process of producing a short report on our interim findings, which I will try and share as soon as possible. In the meantime it'd be great to hear from others about this, either on here or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for this, it sounds like a fab programme. It will be great to see the interim report, so by all means post it up when its available.
I'd also be really interested to hear about the basics of the programme (what kind of activity is being funded? how much funding available? etc).
In the next week we will be posting up a video and related content, based on interviews with people involved in large services that have been transferred. Would be great to get your reflections on this when its posted.