1. Purpose of the event
To orientate and position the North East Women’s Sector within the emerging devolved North East economy and identify how women’s organisations can work collaboratively on an economic-driven agenda and within this to:
- Articulate and recognise the contribution of the women’s sector to economic growth
- To work out how we can align holistic and innovative forms of service delivery and skills development with the requirements of public sector tenders and contracts
- To work towards developing consortia and partnerships of women’s organisations that are in a position to successfully bid for contracts
- To network and mark a collaborative way forward with a celebration in advance of International Women’s Day 2016
The event will be chaired by Caroline MacDonald, Policy and Learning Manager, The Big Lottery
2. Context for the event
This event has emerged as part of a collaboration between The Women’s Commissioning Support Unit and NEWomen’s Network. It will be of particular interest to those women’s organisations and community groups that work within the North East Combined Authority.
The Women’s Commissioning Support Unit (WCSU) is a three year project, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and hosted by Women’s Resource Centre. The purpose of WCSU is to develop the strategic and delivery capacity of the women’s voluntary sector to engage with commissioning opportunities. WRC is the leading national umbrella organisation for the women’s sector, working towards linking all aspects of the women’s movement. WCSU is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
NEWomen’s Network was established in 2006 to strengthen the women’s sector and ensure its survival by encouraging and supporting collaboration between women’s voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) and building partnerships and alliances across other sectors.
3. Who the event is for
The event women only and for paid and volunteer staff and board/ management committee members of the following:
- Women’s groups and organisation led by and for women.
- Women’s groups that are part of mixed organisation but must be self-organising and for women only.
- Janice Rose – Specialist Project Advisor at Association of North East Councils
- Claire Prospert – Programme Manager, Economic Development, Newcastle City Council
- Carol Botten – Deputy CEO at VONNE
There will be a second mixed event at WHiST in July 2016 involving decision makers and commissioners. The purpose of this second event is for the North East women’s sector to inform commissioning policy so that there are more effective delivery mechanisms to achieve the best economic outcomes for women and families.
4. Anticipated Outcomes of the event
- Women’s organisations will have increased capacity to engage in innovative forms of service delivery and able to bid for public sector contracts as part of consortium
- Commissioners will be in a better position to identify and assess needs of women and girls, developing policy direction and selecting collaboration and consortium as appropriate and effective delivery mechanisms to achieve the best outcomes for women and families.
- There will be more alignment between what women’s organisation are doing on the ground and the strategic outcomes for the North East economy