By Kathy Ayers, Senior Policy and Learning Manager
“To me, the new Lottery programme seems like a bright spark in a dark world.”
That’s what one of you told us last week about the new People and Communities funding programme that is opening in January. All I can say is we are pretty excited about it too. But we know that making great things happen in communities doesn’t just depend on money.
It’s also about the knowledge, passion and experience that you have in your community. It’s about involving people in what you want to do.
What we are asking this week is – what do you need from us other than money to support you to make changes in your community?
How do we help you get people involved?
How do we help develop your vision for your community?
How do we support you to get the skills you need to do this?
Some of you have been telling us that the community workers who have the time and skills to find out what people need are the sparks that make real change happen. Should we fund this kind of post to help make sure people are involved and that projects fit the communities they are in?
Do you need more support to develop the skills and knowledge of these people?
Are there other people in communities – not just paid workers – who could use their experiences to help make changes? What support do they need?
We don’t believe money is the spark – and we want you to tell us what you think the spark is.
There are several ways to get in touch, linked below, or feel free to just leave a comment on this blog. We have also arranged four conversation sessions for VCSE groups and beneficiaries. More information here.