Our Place: from getting ready to getting going

Please note, this event has now reached full capacity. You can sign up to the waiting list using the form below, or alternatively, there are still places left for the Our Place: from getting ready to getting going (Nottingham) event, which will be hosted by the LGA on 27 June.

This event will be useful for anyone currently involved in the Our Place Programme, as well as those communities interested in following their progress and taking similar approaches in their areas.


Our Place is about building a movement for change in local communities, whereby collaborations between citizens, councils and other organisations at a very local level generate new solutions to our biggest local challenges.

By June 2014, Our Place Areas will have used their Getting Ready grants and the support on offer from Locality and its delivery associates (including OPM), to produce a development strategy and really set down a marker for what they hope to achieve in their local areas.

Following the Champions Network launch event in March, these ‘Our Place: from getting ready to getting going’ events, one in London on 24 June and one in Nottingham on 27 June, will provide an opportunity for Areas to hear in-depth from some of the 12 pioneer areas which took part in the Neighbourhood Community Budgets pilots in 2012-13 and Our Place Champions. Crucially, they will also enable areas currently involved in the programme to begin sharing their emerging ideas and activities with each other.

The emphasis will be on building networks, sharing learning and setting the scene for the next stage of the programme as areas work towards developing their operational plans, ready for November.

Who should attend?

This event is for lead members and senior officers responsible for Community Development, Neighbourhoods, Planning, members of Locality and members of Our Place programme.

The London event will be chaired and hosted by OPM, and the Nottingham one by the Local Government Association, who are both delivery partners for the Our Place Programme.



09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:45 Welcome from the chair (Sue Goss, Principal, OPM)
10:45 – 11:30
Developing an operational plan
Camila Sheldon, Head of Neighbourhood Community Budgets, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

  • The purpose of an operational plan
  • What a good plan looks like
  • Involving the community and partners in developing a plan
  • Monitoring outcomes
11:30 – 13:00
Breakout sessions – learning from the Pioneers and hot topics
Session 1: Getting the legalities right
David Alcock, Senior Associate, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Session 2: Learning from the Pioneers – Making governance work for Our Place
Clair Harvey, Locality Officer, One Haverhill
Micah Gold, Founder & Director, Mobilise Public Ltd
Session 3: Learning from the pioneers – Cost-Benefit analysis
Sue Holloway, Director, Pro Bono Economics
Sarah Castro, Programme Lead for Community BudgetsPoplar Harca
Mark Parker, Project Manager, One Haverhill 
Session 4: Engaging elected members
Cllr Louisa Thomson, Fellow, OPM
Justin Griggs, Head of Policy & Development, NALC
Daniel Shamplin-Hall, Local Government Association (LGA)
Cllr Barry Taylor, Councillor, Queen’s Park ward LB Westminster
Session 5: Community co-design
Rob Francis, Fellow, OPM
Sue Goss, Principal, OPM
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch and market place (extended opportunity for networking and for exploring what other areas are working on)
14.15 – 15.45
Breakout sessions – hot topics
Session 1: Next generation community engagement
Ingrid Prikken, Fellow, OPM
Tim Vanson, Associate Fellow, OPM
Session 2: Involving volunteers
Richard Paynter, Programme Manager, vInspired
Session 3: Involving Champions and relationship management
Dave Chapman, Triformis
Session 4: Systems leadership
Sue Goss, Principal, OPM
Session 5: Community Organising
Naomi Diamond, Community Organisers Programme Manager, Locality
Jonathan Roberts, Manager & Anna Vainio, Community Organiser, Sharrow Community Forum, Sheffield
Ed Lofts, Community Organiser, White Rock Trust, Hastings .
15.45 – 16.10 Learning from elsewhere – the Public Service Transformation Network
Joanne Fearn, Managing Partner, Engagement and Communities, Public Service Transformation Network
16.10 – 16.30 Looking forward to the next six months
Jim Asbury, Our Place Programme ManagerLocality and Daniel Shamplin-Hall, Local Government Association (LGA)

  • Consolidating the new structure
  • Preparing your plans
  • How to access support
 16:30 Close and final remarks (Sue Goss, Principal, OPM)

More info

Places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible at which ever event is most convenient for you to attend.  If you have any special access or dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Rosie Keefe at or on 020 7239 7816.


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