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Charities: West Midlands

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps have been taken to promote the Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders schemes to charitable organisations in the West Midlands. (283850)

All Capacitybuilders programmes are promoted in the West Midlands through a mixture of regional events, e-bulletins and through local ChangeUp consortia. Capacitybuilders is based in the West Midlands and they have a regional manager for the West Midlands.

Futurebuilders England has taken steps to promote the fund in the West Midlands. There have been a number of events to specifically promote the Futurebuilders Fund in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.

Both Capacitybuilders and Futurebuilders are working together to deliver the new £16.5 million modernisation fund. Both organisations promoted the fund at the Office of the Third Sector’s road show in Birmingham on 27 April, where over 60 delegates representing third sector organisations in the West Midlands attended.