Coordination meeting for ChangeUp

Capacitybuilders plans to bring together representatives from local, regional and national infrastructure organisations in a bid to address the lack of coordination across the ChangeUp programme.

It is hosting a conference in Birmingham on 22 January to draw together about 80 people from different levels of the programme, including the organisations that will be leading the nine new national support services.

A spokeswoman for Capacitybuilders said the conference would help address the gaps between the different levels of the programme.

"It will be all about how the national support services can best work with the wider range of sector support providers, especially at a local level and by creating linkages," she said.

All nine of the national support services are expected to start operating in April.

In December, Capacitybuilders announced that it had appointed sector umbrella bodies the NCVO and Bassac to run the final two programmes (Third Sector Online, 21 December 2007).

The NCVO will lead the 'responding to social change' programme and Bassac will run the 'collaboration' work stream.

Capacitybuilders delayed making a decision on these two areas when it announced the other seven programmes in November, saying further work was needed on them before lead organisations could be appointed (Third Sector Online, 21 November 2007).

The nine programmes will replace the six existing hubs in an overhaul of the set-up of national infrastructure support.

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