Date and time

Wednesday 24 October, 2018

11:30–15:30

Venue

Newcastle City Library

33 New Bridge Street West

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8AX

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About this event

At this event, we are bringing together the voluntary and community and public sectors in the North East to discuss commissioning, contracting and the delivery of public services. We will hear from leaders and practitioners on the challenges facing both sectors, emerging new innovations and best practice.

Locality’s Keep it Local Network is seeking to build momentum around approaches to commissioning which harness the power of community, convene sessions to share of best practice and work through practical barriers to change.

The Network brings together creative, committed people ambitious for their local areas, to learn from what one another is doing and help make it add up to more than the sum of its parts.

We’ll kick the event off with a panel discussion, hearing from Newcastle Council Deputy Leader, Joyce McCarty; Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young; and others from the local voluntary and community and public sectors on their experience of public sector contracting.

After lunch we’ll hear in more detail from Newcastle’s joint commissioning and procurement teams about how their working has evolved in recent years. Through facilitated discussion groups – and in the context of Locality’s Keep it Local approach – we’ll discuss lessons from this evolution and potential for further evolution.

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Agenda

11:30 Arrivals and coffee
11:40 Introduction to Locality’s Keep it Local campaign
Nick Plumb, Locality
11:50 A Keep it Local approach to public services - Panel discussion & QnA
The challenges to, and opportunities around, adopting a Keep it Local approach to public services. Panel discussion followed by Q&A - Joyce McCarty, Newcastle City Council; Sally Young, Newcastle CVS; Mandi Cresswell, Meadow Well Connected
Ed Wallis, Locality
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Reflections from Newcastle’s commissioning and procurement team
Discussion of Newcastle’s commissioning and procurement practice, in the context of our Keep it Local principles, followed by facilitated discussion groups on the strengths and challenges of Keep it Local.
Laura Choake and Rhonda Eagle, Newcastle City Council
15:15 Next steps and close
Ed Wallis, Locality
15:30 Close
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Location

Newcastle City Library

33 New Bridge Street West

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8AX