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08 February 2011

The Big Event

Examining the relationship between the voluntary & community sector and public sector on 1 March

One East Midlands and East Midlands Councils are hosting The Big Event, their 2011 Spring Partnership Conference for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and local public sector partners at the NSPCC Training Centre, Leicester on Tuesday 1 March from 10am to 4pm.

Localism and the creation of The Big Society are the fundamental principles on which the coalition government builds its vision for communities. Delivering this successfully in a period of national austerity will require a shift in the relationship dynamics between the VCS and the private sector, in order to identify local need, target resources effectively, protect the must vulnerable and develop a better working relationship moving forward.

The Big Event will examine the relationship between the two sectors and provide the opportunity for delegates to learn from practical examples and explore the role of the VCS in delivering and shaping public services. It also aims to develop practical approaches to enable community development and ensure that the two sectors can work together to identify local need and target resources following the spending cuts.

Delegates will be addressed on the day by David Parsons, Leader of Leicestershire County Council and Chair of East Midlands Councils, and Nick Beddow, Chief Executive of CDX, who will provide a public and community perspective on the relationship between the two sectors.

In the afternoon, Cheryl Pidgeon, Regional Secretary of Midlands TUC, will address the issue of how market diversification of public services impact employee relations and an understanding of the HR and TUPE implications of the public sector spending cuts and the role of the unions.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two workshops from a wide selection covering intelligent commissioning, support services, public health, Local Enterprise Partnerships, community asset transfers, targeting resources and community engagement. These workshops will be jointly run by representatives from both sectors and from local and regional perspectives.

Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands, the East Midlands VCS network said:

The Big Event will bring together some of the best examples of public and voluntary sector partnership and pave the way for better relationships in the future. As ‘localism fever’ takes hold, communities, the VCS and the public sector must use every opportunity to learn how to work together better and more efficiently in the interests of a fairer and more prosperous society.”

David Parsons, Chair of East Midlands Council, said: “This conference is an excellent example of how a wide range of groups address issues together. There is a huge amount of work to be done and today represents one of the first steps. I am  delighted to support The Big Event and I am looking forward to the Event and future progress “

The Big Event has been organised in partnership between One East Midlands and East Midlands Councils. The event is supported by The Big Lottery Fund and the East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership.

The Big Event will take place at the NSPCC National Training Centre, Leicester on Tuesday 1 March. The event is free to attend, but advanced booking is necessary and a voluntary contribution of £20 per delegate is requested. To book online visit www.eventbrite.com/event/1274380707.

The Big Event can be followed on Twitter @TheBigEventEM. For further information email office@one-em.org.uk or telephone 0115 934 8471.


For more information, interviews or images please contact Hannah Luck, Communications Manager, at One East Midlands on 0115 934 9535 or by email hannahluck@one-em.org.uk.

Or Jon Whowell, Communications Adviser, East Midlands Councils 01664 502 629,  07780 923439;  e-mail jon.whowell@emcouncils.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

One East Midlands

One East Midlands is a regional voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation for the East Midlands. We work to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is actively engaged with key regional and national bodies and other partners, from across the public, statutory, business and social enterprise sectors. We bring together organisations that support voluntary and community groups across the region to influence and shape policy, improve services and provide a point of contact at a regional level. For further information visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk.

East Midlands Councils

East Midlands Councils is the representative and consultative partnership for all 46 Councils in the East Midlands. It supports Councils helping them to work together and speak with a strong voice. For further information visit www.emcouncils.gov.uk.

The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for delivering around half of all funds raised for good causes by The National Lottery. Since June 2004, it has awarded over £3.6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Most of our funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. The Big Lottery Fund deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities as well as programmes that cover the whole UK. For further information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.

East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

EM IEP is the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for the East Midlands area of England. EM IEP is a partnership of all 46 local authorities and the five Fire and Rescue authorities in the East Midlands who have signed up to the challenge of making the East Midlands a leading region in improving public services and making them more efficient. EM IEP's vision is that: "public services in the East Midlands region will rank consistently among the best in the country". For further information visit www.eastmidlandsiep.gov.uk.

David Parsons CBE, Leader, Leicestershire County Council, and Chair, East Midlands Councils

For further information on Leicestershire County Council visit www.leics.gov.uk. For further information on East Midlands Councils visit www.emcouncils.gov.uk.

David has been Leader of Leicestershire County Council since May 2003. Under his leadership Leicestershire has twice been confirmed as a '4 star' authority and won the coveted LGC Award for ‘Council of the Year’ in 2009 – the first County Council to do so.

David is Chairman of East Midlands Councils, the consultative forum for all 46 local authorities in the region. He is a full member of the UK Delegation to the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and a member of the Commission for Economic and Social Policy.

On the national front, David is Chair of the Local Government Association Improvement Board, a Deputy Chairman of the LGA and Chairman of LG Improvement & Development. He is leading the national agenda for the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships, sustainable communities, Place-based budgeting and Place-based productivity.

David was appointed CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for his services to local and regional government.

Nick Beddow, Chief Executive, CDX

Nick joined CDX in April 2010 having been involved in CD for over 30 years as a community activist and as a worker in voluntary sector projects. In 1980 he was part of Nottingham Save Our Nurseries Campaign and helped to form the National Childcare Campaign, before joining Nottingham Youth Action until 1988.  For the past 22 years Nick worked as a Community Development Worker in a local authority, and from 2002 was Team Leader of Stockport Council CD team. He is committed to building a strong movement for CD which brings together everyone who wants to put communities at the heart of social change. For further information on CDX visit www.cdx.org.uk.

Cheryl Pidgeon, Regional Secretary, Midlands TUC

Former Head of Materials Planning, Expediting and Importing and Exporting at Raleigh Industries Ltd, Labour Councillor and Chair of East Midlands Equalities Forum and Chair of Erewash & Amber Valley Multi-Agency Task Group campaigning against racism in Derbyshire. Cheryl Pidgeon is the current Regional Secretary of the TUC Midlands Region - the voice of working people in the Midlands, proudly campaigning for a fair deal at work, social justice for all at home and abroad. Cheryl is currently leading the Midlands TUC campaign against the Coalition's programme of cuts, building strong community alliances to defend and protect public services, community and voluntary services and the most vulnerable in our society. Cheryl was a former Full Time Official, Regional Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Political Officer of the GMB trade union. She is a fierce anti fascist and is proud to serve on the Searchlight Board - campaigning against the far right to secure stronger and united communities.  Cheryl is a mother of four children and the proud grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.

For further information on Midlands TUC visit http://www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/regions_info_midlands.cfm.

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