BIG Assist Beacons 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
FAQs
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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FAQs

What is a beacon?
A BIG Assist Beacon is an infrastructure organisation 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.

What do you want me to do as BA beacon?
We’d like you to share your learning with peers from BIG Assist in one or more of the following ways:

  • Take part and contribute to local and national face to face events as speakers, experts and case studies
  • Network and connect online with peers through blogs, case studies and webinars as well as through the BIG Assist ConnectSpace
  • Share learning and encourage 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

How much of my time will this take up?
There isn’t a set amount of time being a beacon will take. We hope you’ll be able to take part in a number of the activities listed above, but understand there may be constraints on your time. At a minimum we’d like you to share your learning in some capacity, such as a case study or blog.

Does my organisation get paid?
No – there’s no payment for being a beacon.

How did you decide who would be a beacon?
When deciding who to invite to become a beacon, we looked for those organisations who:

  • Have been engaged with BIG Assist as customers, visit hosts and/or suppliers
  • Recognise the value of sharing their stories of change as well as learning from others
  • Are actively embracing change
  • Are willing to share their story and lessons learned
  • Can demonstrate and communicate their impact
  • Are well networked with good relationships and partnerships
  • Are Diversifying their income and working towards financial sustainability
  • Are working to strengthen their governance and leadership

Whose decision is it? Do the Big Lottery Fund decide?
No, the Big Lottery Fund don’t decide. The decisions have been made by the BIG Assist team based on the above criteria.

How long are we a beacon for?
BIG Assist is funded by the BIG Lottery Fund until March 2016, and the beacons programme will finish then.

What do we get as a BIG Assist beacon?
Being part of the BIG Assist Beacons network offers opportunities to:

  • Meet with other BIG Assist beacons, both face to face and online
  • Inform BIG, policy makers and funders
  • Raise your profile both online and through BIG Assist face to face events
  • Access expert and peer to peer briefings and masterclasses
  • Speak/exhibit at the BIG Assist national conference in 2016
  • Attend BIG Assist events with early bird delegate places
  • Use an exclusive BIG Assist Beacon logo

We hope to be able to add additional benefits as this programme progresses.

Can we get our voucher value increased as a beacon?
No, this is not something we can offer, but you can  apply or reapply to have a voucher.

Can others become a Beacon?
We’re aware that not all organisations who have championed change have engaged with BIG Assist and we 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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