Additional programmes considered for ChangeUp

Capacitybuilders is considering the addition of two national support initiatives to the nine ChangeUp programmes that will replace the six national hubs in April.

The two extra programmes, demanded by the umbrella bodies Navca and the NCVO, would cover ICT and workforce issues.

Capacitybuilders originally said that the work carried out by the existing ICT Hub would become part of the Adapting to Social Change programme and that the Workforce Hub would not be replaced because it expects the Government to set up a sector skills council.

However, Navca and the NCVO called for the programmes to be restored (Third Sector Online, 12 September).

A spokeswoman for Capacitybuilders said its board would discuss the new programmes at its next meeting in October.

"There is a possibility that they might be added at a later date," she said. "Further recommendations will be made at the board meeting on 18 October. The board are expecting a couple of recommendations that are being put together."

Capacitybuilders has a contingency fund it could use to finance the extra programmes. It will also retain some flexibility over the amounts of money earmarked for the other nine programmes.

Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive at the NCVO, warned that losing a specific workforce programme could lead to an increase in the number of employment tribunals involving charities. "Organisations need support in these areas," he said.

Capacitybuilders will publish tender documents for the nine confirmed programmes on its website today.

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