AT a time of considerable change – economic, social, political – how does the city’s Third Sector need to change and grow?
This is the core question facing the newly-formed Third Sector Strategy Group (TSSG) when it meets on Friday 24th February.
Members have been invited to pick two of the following four themes for discussion:
Manifesto Themes – Co-Production, Marginalised Communities, Future Funding
Commissioning – City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian (item 12 on the linked Policy & Strategy committee agenda.)
Future Shape of Edinburgh’s Third Sector
Following a short break, the group will then consider a few key decisions – along the following lines.
Community Planning issues and themes of current concern:
Single Outcome Agreement 3 and Scottish Government’s Community Planning Review.
Commissioning for Community Benefit – the Third Sector helping to shape City Outcomes.
And looking inwards:
Draft Refreshed Volunteering Strategy – which will be circulated later, once the Volunteering Strategy Implementation Group has considered it.
Forward Planning for the TSSG (Third Sector Strategy Group) – along the lines suggested in the report which proposed setting up the group.
In a time of austerity, the demands on Edinburgh’s Third Sector are growing, just as the resources available to us are reducing. How can the city’s Third Sector – using its innovation, creativity and guile – bridge that gulf? Do we need new ways of working? What will it look like – this Third Sector that is fit for the future?
I can’t wait to find out!
Please also see linked Noticeboard item for documents on SOA3 and on Forum (aka TSSG)