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Community Organisers

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding he proposes to allocate for community organisers in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g) Coventry, (h) Bristol, (i) Sheffield, (j) Bradford, (k) Leicester and (l) Nottingham in each of the next three years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government have appointed Locality to deliver the Community Organisers programme at arm’s length from Government. Locality believes that Community Organisers need to be hosted within a local organisation which can help the Community Organiser make the essential links with the local people, other voluntary organisations, businesses and the local authority. These organisations also provide mentoring, advice, peer support and desk space. Over the four-year period, Locality expects to recruit between 100-200 local organisations across England to host Community Organisers. Recruitment of host organisations is based on a set of criteria, including a focus on areas of significant deprivation and the ability of the organisation to host and sustain between two and five Community Organisers each. Recruitment of Community Organisers is undertaken locally by host organisations.

There are currently 22 local organisations taking part in the programme, with more being recruited regularly. The programme aims to reach a good geographical coverage by the end of the four years. As the process of recruiting locally rooted host organisations is an open application process, it is not possible to pre-determine which areas will benefit over the next three years. However, I can confirm that there are host organisations in the following areas: Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheffield, Bradford, and Leicester.

Further details of the programme are available at:

www.cocollaborative.org.uk

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