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OPM confirmed as part of team to deliver Our Place, a new DCLG neighborhood improvement scheme

Wednesday 11 December 2013

OPM will work with a team led by Locality in partnership with the Local Government Association on a new DCLG scheme which will help 100 communities tackle issues at a neighbourhood level.

The Our Place initiative aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods, transforming public services by making sure that they are focused on the user, not the organisation. The Department of Communities and Local Government has made £4.3m of grants available to support at least 100 neighbourhoods across the country.

The programme will support areas working to transform local public services in three ways:

  • direct support – involving relationship managers, consultancy/coaching support tailored to meet the needs of supported neighbourhoods
  • grant payments
  • shared learning opportunities (including peer groups, learning and networking events)

OPM will form part of an impressive team working on the project led by Locality and the LGA which also includes The Young Foundation and the Community Development Foundation.

The Our Place programme will be open to applications on 20th January 2014.  Further information about the programme, including FAQs and how to get involved will be available on the Our Place page in the New Year.