Cultural Playing Field


NCVO Members Assembly meeting by Robin Simpson
November 15, 2013, 10:54 am
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On Thursday I was at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in London for my last meeting as a member of the NCVO Members Assembly. The first session of the day focussed on the draft new NCVO Strategic Plan. I took part in groups discussing the questions ‘how could NCVO work better with infrastructure organisations?’ and ‘is it realistic to ask members to share their knowledge and practices with others?’ After lunch we took part in the NCVO AGM and I am delighted to report that my place representing Recreation and Culture on the NCVO Members Assembly is to be taken by our old friend Jacqui Devereux from the Community Media Association. In the afternoon we looked at ‘Campaigning and the current environment’ and discussed the situation regarding the Lobbying Bill. The Bill is about to go into committee stage at the House of Lords, and NCVO and its voluntary sector partners will be trying to secure further changes. In response to significant changes in the campaigning environment a Campaigning and Lobbying Standards Group was established in September 2013 and will hold its first meeting next week, chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington. Finally we looked at ‘Preparing for the 2015 General election’, discussing the feedback to NCVO’s consultation on campaigning priorities for the election. I have enjoyed my time on the NCVO Members Assembly: it has been good to have the opportunity to influence NCVO’s work but the meetings are also a very valuable networking opportunity and provide a useful update on key voluntary sector issues.

Robin Simpson.

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