NCVO and Bassac win ChangeUp programmes

Two umbrella groups, the NCVO and Bassac, will run the two delayed ChangeUp national infrastructure support services, Capacitybuilders announced yesterday.

Community umbrella group Bassac beat off competition from four other shortlisted bidders to win the ‘collaboration' workstream, while the NCVO will run the ‘responding to social change' programme.

Capacitybuilders postponed a decision on these two when announcing the other seven programmes that will replace the six national hubs next year, saying that the plans needed further work (Third Sector Online, 21 November).

Bassac bid for the work with four partner organisations - the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, the Community Foundations Network, Action with Communities in Rural England and Charities Evaluation Services.

Ben Hughes, chief executive of Bassac, said: "We are thrilled to be working with our partners to deliver this new service for the community and voluntary sector. This dynamic package of community sector, research and rural organisations will bring together national, local and regional experience on collaborative working in a unique way."

Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of national umbrella group the NCVO, said the organisation was delighted to win ‘responding to social change', which will include an element of IT support.

"We look forward to working with and helping the breadth of the sector to understand change and plan strategically for the opportunities and challenges they face," he said.

The NCVO was among the organisations that called for IT to be reinstated as a distinct work programme along the lines of the current ICT Hub (Third Sector Online, 11 September).

Yesterday's announcement means it will be responsible for running three of the nine programmes when they get under way in April.

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