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Civil Society Involvement

Civil Society Involvement (CSI) is a new programme designed to enhance the voice of the third sector at a national level.

We want to understand the key issues within the current ESIF programme that are affecting the ability of third sector organisations to use European funds effectively.

 

What is csi?

CSI works for all third sector organisations involved in European funding programmes to facilitate a healthy exchange of knowledge and make sure that their voice is heard at national level.

We want to work collaboratively to understand the issues within the current ESIF programme which are affecting the ability of third sector organisations to use European funds effectively.

This will be achieved through skilled representation at the Growth Programme Board and its nine national sub-committees, to ensure that current issues are addressed, and that European funding is as accessible as possible for the remaining 2014-2020 programme. 

The programme also aims to contribute to and influence discussions around the UK Future Prosperity Fund and any other legacy funds.

 

How does Csi work for me?

CSI will work cohesively with the third sector to:

  • Be a listening ear -  we want to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector are facing within the current ESIF programme, which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively.
  • Be a collective voice – we will raise these issues through dedicated CSI representatives sitting on the national committees and will pro-actively work for solution.
  • Influence and make change –  we will gather the knowledge and experience of third sector organisations in the delivery of European Funded services to influence the focus of the remaining 2014 – 2020 Programme and to feed into discussions around the Future Prosperity Fund and other legacy funds.
  • Get key information to you fast – we will communicate the information gathered to the sector through easy access digital and web- based channels.

We want to ensure that the programme accurately reflects a cross-section of views from as many projects as possible from across the country.  If you would like to help shape the discussion then please let us know the following:

  1. Please describe any issues outstanding/ need further clarity – which would make your BBO programme more inclusive or more successful.
  2. Please indicate what you believe to be a constructive solution to each issue
  3. Have you had issues that have been resolved that you think would be helpful to share with other projects

Please send your responses to andychurchill@civilsocietyinvolvement.com, or share your experiences with us on Twitter @CSIInvolvement

 

How to contact CSI

Contact our team to share your experiences in accessing European Funding and help shape the remaining 2014-2020 programme via:

Telephone: 0151 706 8104

Email: andychurchill@civilsocietyinvolvement.com

 

Connect with CSI on social media

Twitter @CSIInvolvement

 

WEA and Citizen’s Advice Halton Partnership

The programme is led by The Women’s Organisation, with the Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Citizens’ Advice Halton working as project partners. As national organisations the project partners have reach into diverse communities, which will be instrumental to the success of the programme.

 

ESF Technical Assistance Programme

CSI is part funded through the ESF Technical Assistance Programme and will run from January 2018 - December 2020.

 

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