The Early Action Funders Alliance (EAFA) will be holding a lunch time event at the Big Lottery Fund's London office on the 18th of October, to explore learning from the first year of the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund.
The Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, working together on the pilot Early Action Neighbourhood Fund (EANF), committed up to £5.3m of funding for three early action projects in Coventry, Norwich and Hartlepool.
The EANF aims to reduce future demand for public services (e.g. children’s services, mental health and housing support) by providing innovative models of intensive preventative support right now. The three funded projects are partnerships led by local voluntary sector organisations, working with statutory agencies, to develop and implement preventative initiatives in family support, young people’s wellbeing and legal advice.
This EAFA event will look at the progress made during the first evaluated year of these funded projects. Representatives will be present from the Coventry Law Centre, whose Ignite project aims to reduce demand on specialised children’s services and housing and initiate a shift in how resources are allocated in Coventry, as well as raising people’s aspirations for their lives and expectations of themselves, improving communities’ ability to resolve their own problems and ensuring fewer people reach crisis point. It is working towards these aims by building legal knowledge, confidence and skills in people, to help them deal with every day law-related issues and building relationships with relevant statutory agencies on system reform so that strategy and programmes support earlier action.
This session will be an opportunity to hear from an agency at the forefront of efforts to act earlier. It will be a fascinating first-hand insight into the complex challenges, highlighting wider lessons for practice across other local authority areas, including those seeking to explore devolution. The funders involved are actively considering further rounds of the Fund and are keen to hear responses to the early lessons from others in the field.
Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to secure your place.