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Buckinghamshire small charities represented at 10 Downing Street
15 December 2016
On 14 December 2016, Community Impact Bucks CEO Nick Phillips visited 10 Downing Street following an invitation by Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, to discuss the successes and challenges facing small charities. Alongside a number of leaders from other small charities and support organisations Nick was able to represent the growing small charity sector in Buckinghamshire.
“This was a great opportunity to meet the Minister and talk about the sector; particularly the investment needed to support the small local charities and community groups in Buckinghamshire,” said Nick. “He was very well briefed and had read Community Impact Bucks’ latest ‘State of the Sector Report’”.
At the end of the event the Minister announced a range of measures to help more small charities win contracts. These include developing a place-based ‘Public Service Incubator’ to help small charities work with commissioners to identify and overcome barriers to winning contracts, and developing a commissioning kite mark to highlight best practice.
Nick spent time with the Minister discussing the key needs for charities including support for digitalisation and better national data on volunteering to support the local data gathered by Community Impact Bucks. The Minister’s commitment to the sector was further demonstrated in the evening at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Charities and Volunteering’s Christmas reception when he said his aim was to “empower the voluntary sector to be the best it possibly can be” but challenged charities to establish that they are value for money, particularly in times of austerity.
Nick said, “It was a real privilege to go to Downing Street and meet some really dedicated and innovative charity leaders. It was good to talk to the Minister and I hope we will continue the dialogue and see some real support for the great charities in Bucks.”