Message from Cllr Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities & Culture:
The voluntary and community sector in Camden makes an enormous contribution in supporting local communities and helping us as a Council deliver for our residents. However, as a sector you have told us that our relationships are not as clear or consistent they might be. Also, we face significant financial challenges. By 2017, our funding from central government will have been cut in half. The scale of these cuts mean that changes to our funding arrangements with the sector will be unavoidable.
In early December we invited the VCS organisations we currently fund to give us their perspective on our current relationship and what needs to change to ensure we are able to work together more effectively in the future. The workshop was well attended, with over 70 people including staff and trustees from the invited organisations, Council Cabinet members, and senior council officers. A summary of what the VCS attendees told us is at http://www.wearecamden.org/tackling-the-financial-challenge-with-the-vcs/
We wish to use that feedback to begin a process where together we redesign our relationship to deliver better outcomes in our local communities.
The process will include organisations we do not support financially as well as those we currently fund.
The next event will take place at the Camden Centre, on 27th January between 9.30 and 12.30. If you want to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This engagement process will run until the end of March, so if you cannot attend you will not have missed your opportunity to contribute – just let us know and you will receive feedback from the event and notification of how to get involved in the future.
We greatly appreciate the sector’s contribution to our aims and I hope you will take the opportunity to get involved, whether we fund you or not.
Business Admin Apprentice
Culture and Environment
London Borough of Camden
Telephone: 020 7974 6626