What is a BIG Assist Beacon for Change?

NCVO is very pleased that the BIG Lottery has decided to continue funding BIG Assist for a further year to develop a better understanding of what works and how best to support infrastructure to change and adapt to build social action and stronger communities.

Over this next year [2015-16] BIG Assist will focus on sharing learning widely across infrastructure as well as providing insight and evidence to inform those funders and policy makers concerned about how best to build and strengthen infrastructure for the future.

What is a BIG Assist Beacon for Change?
What will the BIG Assist Beacons be offered?
What role will BIG Assist Beacons play?
Becoming a BIG Assist Beacon
Further information

A key area of this will be working closely with those organisations leading change, inviting them to become ‘BIG Assist Beacons for Change’.

What is a BIG Assist Beacon for Change?
BIG Assist Beacons are infrastructure organisations that are on a journey of change, adapting and developing new approaches and work, new income and business models as well as new relationships, partnerships and in some cases mergers. BIG Assist Beacons will have been engaged with BIG Assist as customers, visit hosts and/or suppliers supporting them on their journey of change. And most importantly they will be organisations who recognise the value of sharing their stories of change as well as learning from others.

BIG Assist Beacons are infrastructure organisations that are:

  • Engaged in the BIG Assist programme as customers, visit hosts and/or suppliers 
  • Actively embracing change 
  • Willing to share their story and lessons learned 
  • Demonstrating and communicating their impact 
  • Well networked with good relationships and partnerships 
  • Diversifying their income and working towards financial sustainability 
  • Working to strengthen their governance and leadership

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What will the BIG Assist Beacons be offered?

  • Being part of the BIG Assist Beacons network with opportunities to meet with other BIG Assist Beacons, both face to face and on line
  • Opportunities to inform BIG, policy makers and funders
  • A platform both online and through BIG Assist face to face events to raise profile and reach
  • Access to expert and peer to peer briefings and masterclasses
  • The opportunity to speak/exhibit at the BIG Assist national conference in 2016
  • Early bird delegate places at BIG Assist events
  • A BIG Assist Beacon logo 

We hope to be able to add additional benefits as this programme progresses.
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What role will BIG Assist Beacons play?
There are a range of roles for BIG Assist Beacons, these include:

  • The opportunity to take part and contribute to local and national face to face events as speakers, experts and case studies
  • The opportunity to network and connect on line with peers through blogs, case studies and webinars as well as through the BIG Assist ConnectSpace
  • Share learning from BIG Assist and other Beacons through their networks encouraging others to connect and learn through BIG Assist
  • Help build the confidence of others to think in new and creative ways as well as provide ideas and inspiration

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Becoming a BIG Assist Beacon
BIG Assist will be inviting infrastructure organisations to become BIG Assist Beacons based on our knowledge of the organisations through the BIG Assist programme.

The Beacons will be organisations who have clearly demonstrated that they are embracing change and are willing to share their learning and experience.

The organisations invited to become BIG Assist Beacons will be a variety of different types of organisation from across England.

The BIG Assist programme is aware that not all organisations who have championed change have engaged with BIG Assist and we would therefore welcome expressions of interest from other infrastructure organisations to join the BIG Assist Beacons.
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Further information
For further information on BIG Assist Beacons or the BIG Assist programme please contact:
Davinder.kaur@ncvo.org.uk
0207 520 2441 / 020 7520 2418

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