Third Sector

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 37 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, what work his Department has carried out with Nesta, Osca and the Big Lottery Fund on the Good Help programme.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Government is fully committed to the Civil Society Strategy: it is the beginning of an ambitious, evolving work programme to help build a strong society.

As part of this, DCMS is supporting Good Help as a strategic partner. This includes brokering relationships with other government departments, and supporting Nesta, Osca and the National Lottery Community Fund on developing their work on Good Help in statutory services as part of the Good Help Advisory Board. We are not providing funding, but are acting in a facilitating role.

In 2018 events were held across the UK with practitioners, funders and people who use services to agree what the Good Help programme should focus on. Now Osca delivery partners (Nesta and Osca staff) are working with commissioners, policy officials and foundations to formally design the programme.

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