What is the Place Based Social Action Programme?

The Place-based Social Action programme (PBSA) is a new joint £4.5m programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Big Lottery Fund.

The programme aims to create positive change by enabling citizens, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work together. The end result will be to create a shared vision for the future of their place, and address local priorities through social action.

Support for the programme will be provided by Locality, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and Cooperatives UK (Coops) over the first four years of the programme (Year one covers phase one of the programme, and years two – four covers phase two).

What support is provided in the programme?

The 20 Places taking part in the programme will receive the following package of support:

  • The Social Action Journey: a programme of capacity-building support for each Place in Phase 1, designed by NEF
  • Relationship Management support: a dedicated point of contact for each Place in Phases 1 and 2
  • Access to a Peer to Peer Network and engagement activities throughout Phases 1 and 2 (years one – four) to help Places learn from each other (led by Locality)

Year 1 (Phase 1) is focused on partnership building and defining the local vision. Towards the end of the first year the 20 Places will be narrowed down to 10, who we will continue to support to implement their plans over phase 2 (years 2 – 4).

This will be narrowed down further to 5 Places towards the end of the fourth year. The final 5 Places will continue to get light-touch support from Big Lottery.

What do Places need to achieve by the end of year 1?

By the end of year 1, Places will need to produce a coherent vision and action plan for Social Action.

Places must not start implementation in Year 1. Implementation should only begin if a Place is successful in reaching Phase 2.

Next steps for Places in the programme – May 2018

Scoping meetings

Relationship managers will be in touch with Places to carry out a scoping meeting. Places will also receive more details of the timetable for Phase 1.

You will also be sent a diagnostic questionnaire to complete, and the results will be made available for discussion with each Place’s relationship manager.

Social action training

Relationship Managers will deliver the first session of the Social Action Journey training in May. Think about a convenient date, venue and who should be involved in the training on the day. This will vary depending on each Place but should reflect the principal stakeholders in your Place.

Further reading and actions

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