Review of Regional Support Arrangements for the Voluntary and Community Sector: Phase 2

VCU has initiated a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years. 

The Department for Social Development is keen to continue to involve the Voluntary and Community Sector in a partnership approach to the review of regional support arrangements to the Sector. A co-design approach is being utilised to afford the Sector an appropriate opportunity to be directly involved and contribute to the development of new arrangements. The Phase 1 workshops are now completed with the discussion themes and ideas emerging being taken forward into an Innovation Lab in early November. Feedback from Phase 1 is available here on the DSD website. 

The Lab will bring together a group of issue experts, sectoral representatives, operational delivery, policy making and service users to input into the co design process. The outcomes of the Innovation Lab will then be taken forward into a phase 2 of co design workshops. There is more information available here on the innovation lab participants and the first stage of the co-design process. 

Details of the 2nd round of Co-Design Workshops is as follows:

1.     23rd  November 2015 – Belfast, NICVA HQ  

2.     24th  November 2015 – Armagh, Market Place Theatre 

3.     25th  November 2015 – Londonderry, Holywell Trust 

4.     27th November 2015 – Belfast, East Belfast Network Centre 

5.     30th November 2015 – Ballymena, The Braid

6.     1st December 2015 – Cookstown, The Royal Hotel

7.     2nd  December  2015 –Enniskillen, The Lakeland Forum

All workshops will run from 10.00am to 12.30pm with registration/tea/coffee at 9.30am.

Register your interest in attending one of these workshops by e mailing [email protected] providing contact details and the name of the organisation you represent. In the event that we are oversubscribed we may have to limit attendance to one representative per organisation and will give preference to those who have registered first

If you would like further information in respect of the review contact Martin Ireland, Voluntary and Community Unit, DSD on 028 9082 9444. 

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