Cultural Playing Field


Catching up with the Office of the Third Sector by Robin Simpson
May 8, 2009, 9:46 am
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On Wednesday I was at the Cabinet Office in London for my regular meeting with John Knights and Sophie Chapman of the Office of the Third Sector. That morning OTS had published the results of the National Survey of Third Sector Organisations. This survey shows what local authorities need to do to meet their key performance target (National Indicator 7) in relation to the way they work with the third sector in their area. The results showed that third sector organisations who feel they are able to influence local decisions, and those that have some current contact with statutory organisations, are much more likely to feel that local statutory bodies help them to succeed (giving an NI7 score of 75% compared to the overall national score of 16%). Where there is dissatisfaction with the ability to influence local decisions and little or no current contact with local statutory bodies, third sector organisations give an NI7 score of just 3%. Interestingly these factors seem much more important to third sector organisations that whether or not they are receiving funding from local statutory bodies. The full analysis is on the National Survey website at: http://www.nstso.com. I was pleased to discover that OTS is about to announce the development of an online participation portal which will direct people to local volunteering opportunities and chances to participate in arts and sports activities. The portal will be available for voluntary arts groups and others to enter their details from September 2009 and will be launched to the general public early in 2010.

Robin Simpson.

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