We are inviting you to give us your views on the suggested way forward for changes to the Social Work Children and Families grant funding arrangements. Children and Families fund a range of services to support vulnerable children in Argyll and Bute. The service provides grants to support the work of a range of organisations such as mother and toddler or other child care groups, organisations supporting children with a disability and their families, and organisations that work to support the most vulnerable children in our communities and families in crisis.
The consultation is now open and will close on Wednesday 19th October 2011. Please refer to the Making it Better, Argyll and Bute Children and Families Event report, in particular the information contained within the Executive Summary, before telling us what you think. For more information about the event, please see our news release from 25th August.
You can tell us your views using our online questionnaire, or you can download a copy of the questionnaire and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Making it Better - Argyll and Bute Families, Mark Lines, Operations Manager, Children and Families, Argyll House, Dunoon PA23 8AJ.
Suggested changes include
- funding application processes on-line
- a central database for service provider information
- better systems for communications and feedback between service providers, council and users.
The suggestions come from a unique event where the Council, Carnegie UK Trust, Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise Network and over 26 providers of Children & Families Services got their heads together to discuss how they can deliver better outcomes for those most in need.
The ‘Making it Better, Argyll and Bute Children and Families Event’ earlier this year was the first event to be hosted by the Argyll and Bute Local Services Initiative (ABLSI). The event was designed to bring together commissioners and providers with a view to improving partnership working between the two and how best to develop a new grant allocation scheme. This event was run by Governance International, an organisation who provides solutions and tools to transform public services in the new context of Small Budgets and Big Society.
Your views will be taken into account while we draft the final funding criteria, application guidance and process. These will be considered by Argyll and Bute Council and if agreed will take effect as of 1st April 2012.
If you would like further information on this, please contact Mark Lines on 01369 707155 or email@example.com