Capacitybuilders board considers Futurebuilders proposal

The Capacitybuilders board will discuss ways of working more closely with Futurebuilders England at a meeting later this month after Stephen Bubb, the Futurebuilders chair, raised the possibility of the two bodies merging.

After reading a comment made by Bubb in his Acevo blog last week, Chris Pond, chair of Capacitybuilders, said the organisation wanted to examine ways that it can work more closely with other agencies.

“Capacitybuilders is currently focusing on the delivery of the core ChangeUp funding programmes for the new three-year period, but we are keen to look at ways in which we can become more closely aligned with other agencies working on the capacity-building agenda across the third sector,” said Pond.

“I have made contact with Stephen and will be discussing this in broad terms with the board during our meeting in April.”

In his blog, Bubb wrote that he was thinking about “the opportunity there may be for a merger or alliance between Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders”.

He added: “We need to reduce the number of bodies and bureaucracy in the sector and perhaps at the very least there is scope for more joint working. Futurebuilders England and Capacitybuilders are both in the business of capacity development, so it might make sense.”

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