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Giving Local People a Voice

Monday February 6 2017

Starting last week OPM Group delivered the first of six events on behalf of the team in South West London developing the area’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Along with 43 other partnerships across the country, the area is developing a five-year plan to ensure quality of care is maintained in the context of changing… Read More

New Appointment

Friday November 18 2016

From: Peter Holland OPM Group In conjunction with the announcement of Ms Khan’s departure OPM Group would also like to announce the appointment of Terry Parker as Interim Finance and Corporate Services Director.   Mr Parker has been a Finance and Corporate Services director in a range of public, private and third sector organisations. He’s… Read More


Friday November 18 2016

From Peter Holland, CEO OPM Group. With regret, I would like to announce that Jameela Khan, OPM Group Finance and Corporate Services Director, will be leaving OPM Group on 20th November.   Jameela went part time in April to begin to develop her own business providing financial and management consultancy support to charities and third… Read More


Why access to English language education could be a major barrier to integration

Monday November 15 2010

The Conservative Party, prior to entering a coalition government, was clear that it wanted a new approach to community cohesion: one that was underpinned by the notion of integration. In a repudiation of core tenets of multi-culturalism, the party promised a national strategy on integration that focuses on bringing people together around ‘shared values’ and… Read More

How can the Big Society work in a risk-averse culture?

Monday November 8 2010

Twice in the last week I’ve overheard conversations about Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. The first time was last Sunday at a football match. In the row behind me, a middle-aged man told a story about how his CRB returned with a conviction after applying to volunteer at a primary school. The reason: drunk in… Read More

‘Doing’ deliberation online: Participatory budgeting and multi-media approaches

Friday November 5 2010

Richard Wilson is right to claim that participatory budgeting (PB) offers a chance for local people to have a genuine say into funding decisions in their local area. But, in the age of Big Society there needs to be a readiness to test and refine online approaches as part of a multi-method approach to engagement… Read More