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What did we do in 2014-15?

Full Membership is open to all voluntary and community sector organisations offering infrastructure support to the voluntary and community sector across the county of Lincolnshire.

Associate membership is for other agencies or organisations that have an interest in the development of the voluntary and community sector in Lincolnshire.

Involving Lincs increased its membership from last year and currently have 48 members.

Members were invited to attend quarterly meetings with current key topics covered through speakers and updates on strategic developments from representatives on standing committees and groups to ensure the sector has a voice.

Key topics covered included:

  • Healthwatch
  • Public Health
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Community Hub Development
  • Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Procurement Lincolnshire
  • Police and Crime Commissioning
  • Compact
  • PREVENT
  • Health and Wellbeing Board and developing strategy
  • Open dialogue on pressures on members
  • Member Updates
  • Funding opportunities

The incorporation of member twitter feeds and news items and the provision of online training resources to help members upload information has led to increased usage of the website by both members and partners. During the year 2745 unique users visited the site and drew down relevant information.

Frequent email updates are sent out to the members to keep the voluntary and community sector engaged in real time strategic and practical developments, ensuring that the sector has a strong voice and is able to influence local policy and commissioning decisions. (Including Involving Lincs European funding bulletin).

Working with Lincolnshire County Council

Members of Involving Lincs participated in a session for elected members to help develop greater understanding of the strategic role of generalist and specialist voluntary and community sector infrastructure in Lincolnshire and the support available to Councillors in their local communities.

The 2014 Involving Lincs Conference held at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, proved to be a great success with other 80 delegates from across the county representing voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector partners.

The delegates were learning about strategic health issues, social value and outcomes, and how to improve their success with funding applications among a host of other things. Involving Lincs have been able to develop future strategic activity as a result of the day.

At the Involving Lincs 2014 Conference we also had the pleasure of awarding the ’Lincolnshire Live Well Champion of the Year 2014’. Nominations were invited from amongst fully qualified Live Well Champions who have successfully raised healthy lifestyle issues with family, friends, or local community related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Physical activity/obesity
  • Mental health

Cllr. Sue Woolley presented the winner, Nick Grimshaw, with his Award.

Tendering process resulted in distribution of three funded core project work across 4 Involving Lincs members. The outcome being to Consolidate learning and embed policy change into good quality practice.

Third Sector impact analysis for Greater Lincolnshire’ research project will update the information relating to the value and reach of the sector that was last collated in 2010. The information will be useful to Involving Lincs members and partners in both raising awareness of the role that the sector can play and in the formulation of new project and research bids. It will also help us to celebrate the success and value of the sector.

The People’s Partnership

The Lead agent for the programme has been identified through Expression of Interest process through the membership. Theme lead identification and development of the partnership are being funded by Lincolnshire County Council using Coproduction principles to commission stand support activity into the next year.

Lincs Community and Business group development

Progression from Health and Wellbeing Board funded pilot involving 2 Involving Lincs members to mainstreamed workplan strand. Twelve members now actively involved and working on practical applications of the business engagement strategy, including Employer Supported Volunteering.

Facilitated engagement in the 2014-20 European funding programme. Resulted in the development of the Third sector EU Strategy and partnership development funding to prepare the sector for the impending funding opportunities.

Championing and promotion of the role of the sector with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local European Structural and Investment Fund committee.

There has been an increased number of notices for county and/or local consultation. This will increase in the coming year through the developing work of the People’s Partnership commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council.

We launched ‘Volunteering Lincolnshire’, a sub-group of Involving Lincs to act as the voice on volunteering issues and development in Lincolnshire.

£10,000 (minimum) in-kind support by senior leaders in the voluntary and community sector for countywide strategy development and collaboration e.g. Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership/European Structural and Investment Fund, Health and Wellbeing Board, Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, Lincs Procurement, Armed Forces Community Covenant, Community Hubs, and Councillor training.

 

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