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Tom Archer replied to Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on in the group The transfer process
"Hi Dave, An interesting piece, the Finnish approach to learning sounds a bit like the tactile, self-directed approach of Montessori. You raise some interesting points, and ones i've been picking up in a conversation with another member,…"
Feb 15, 2012
Dave replied to Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on in the group The transfer process
"“One of the problems here is how can commissioners actually specify meaningful outcomes in some of these qualitiative areas? It's easy when a PCT wanted to improve weight reduction. Run the programmes and then weigh people at the end of…"
Feb 14, 2012
Andrew Wiggans replied to Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on in the group The transfer process
"There may be a focus on 'the most needy' but this is not to the exclusion of the generality . Many services provided by the local state are of a universal nature. Street services; parks; waste collection; highways maintenance; libraries;…"
Feb 3, 2012
Andrew Wiggans replied to Dave's discussion Colaboration, consortia and service transfer in the group The transfer process
"You've hit on  a real issue. Commissioners won't like the 'messiness' of being involved with lots of groups. If nothing else this massively complicates the whole contract monitoring process etc. And small groups won't…"
Feb 3, 2012
Dave replied to Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on in the group The transfer process
"Am intrigued - if Wigan is like most LA's (and I'm sure it is) there's a whole agenda about pointing resources at "the most needy" and solving some of the really tricky issues localy, regarding social care, health, crime…"
Feb 2, 2012
Matthew Cromack replied to Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on in the group The transfer process
"The timeline format of the document is very useful, helping others to formulate a 'road map' towards transfer."
Feb 1, 2012
Matthew Cromack liked Andrew Wiggans's discussion Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on
Feb 1, 2012
Andrew Wiggans added a discussion to the group The transfer process
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Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - 10 years on

Hi All,The process of transferring services can be a complicated one, and it can behard to visualise.  You may be thinking 'what does a service transfer looklike in reality' and 'how does a transferred service change over time'.With this in mind, Tom and Nick asked me to write the story of Wigan Leisureand Culture Trust, which I Chair.  We took over the running of WiganCouncil's Leisure and Culture services in the early 2000's and have sincestarted to provide similar services in other areas. …See More
Feb 1, 2012
Andrew Wiggans replied to Tom Archer's discussion Getting to grips with service transfer in the group The transfer process
"Good idea. My real concern is that the commissioning process automatically gets couched in the language of procurement as if they were one and the same. They ARE related but aren't synonymous. So let's kickstart a debate that seeks to…"
Oct 27, 2011
Andrew Wiggans replied to Tom Archer's discussion Getting to grips with service transfer in the group The transfer process
"It's really important to remember, however keen your local council may be to encourage you to take on a community asset, that the subsequent negotiations must be a two-way dialogue. Be prepared to stake out very clearly what your expectations…"
Oct 26, 2011
Andrew Wiggans joined Nick Wilding's group
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The transfer process

This theme is about(a) How services can be effectively transferred from local authorities to new partnerships with social enterprises and the third sector; and(b) innovations in rural service design and delivery emerging from this proceSee More
Oct 26, 2011
Andrew Wiggans liked Tom Archer's blog post SERVICE TRANSFER – New Carnegie Associate
Oct 26, 2011
Tom Archer and Andrew Wiggans are now friends
Oct 20, 2011
Andrew Wiggans is now a member of Fiery Spirits Community of Practice
Oct 20, 2011

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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I have spent most of my working life managing, researching and supporting a wide range of community development/community-based projects and programmes. Although I have now retired I want to continue to share my experience and expertise with others.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
The issues involved in the transfer of assets and services to 3rd sector organisations.

The governance of such services - how best can they fit within the statutory responsibilities/duties of local government?

How does this relate to the challenges of building resilient and cohesive communities in the current national/global context?

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