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Local Community Action Networks (LCAN) Lead

The LCANs are a fundamental delivery structure in the Active Communities model, providing the coordinated network reaching unusual suspects and inspiring co-creation and plugging them into ‘the whole system’. The LCAN Lead will need to ensure that LCANs are adding value to existing networks and not just re-enforcing existing power bases. The LCAN Lead will oversee the development of the LCANs in the Active Community priority areas and line mange the cohort of LCAN officers working operationally in each priority area.

Contact Name
Steve Rose
Contact Telephone
0121 728 7030
Contact Email

About Local Community Action Networks (LCAN) Lead

The LCAN lead will ensure that the LCAN officers are facilitating and supporting their relevant LCAN, and they will ensure a consistency in terms of general approach across the six areas. They will work closely with representatives from the six networks to bring out wider learning and feed it into the other work streams and into the sponsors group/ core group as appropriate. They will act as a conduit between place-based working and the work packages and workstreams delivery and we expect them to work closely with the workstream lead officer to ensure that outcomes don't become siloed. This role will also ensure the facilitation and flow of funding through the LCANs through co-creation into the community and by connecting opportunity into the programme aims and the programmes of work within the Work packages and Workstreams. The LCAN Lead will also take an overall lead supporting LCAN officers with relationship management within each LCAN including expectation management, brokering, negotiating and co-creating community interventions.

Main duties of the role:

  1. To line manage LCAN Officers (6 FTE). This might be include different models of line management such as secondment/SLA depending on the model of LCAN used. To include, sickness, leave, Well Being, setting workloads and targets, performance management.
  2. Manage the LCAN structure, monitor and performance manage the delivery and take necessary action to ensure efficient and effective delivery and that structure required for delivery is in place.
  3. Building Local Community Action Networks by building on what exists and joining in unusual suspects. To include formal and in-fromal organisations. To include innovative community engagement mechanisms documented and evaluated as mechanisms to provoke new networks of unusual suspects and the distribution of power and leadership.
  4. To promote and support the growth, value and use of the Crowd as a mechanism to support the LCAN and networked communities to collaborate, share skills, resources and data and share opportunities for civic engagement and activation particularly promoting physical activity and civic activity including volunteering.
  5. Stakeholder engagement within and across the LCANs. To include thechallenge of implementing a 'doing it differently' approach to facilitating the investment of Active Community funds and activity to assist with co-creation in the community. To include expectation management, managing local challenge and cynicism and reaction from existing challenged power bases and networks.
  6. Ensure that LCANs and the LCAN officers reach unusual suspects in the creation of LCANs and that the LCANs have representation from target groups that also offer integrity and credibility within the existing community networks and power bases that will inevitably be challenged. This will inevitably include innovative and skilful community engagement.
  7. Build influence, process and structures to allow the LCAN to become a established and sustainable community structure that is joined up and can develop community resilience by developing strategies to co-produce and lock assets into the community.
  8. Work closely with Work Package Lead and directly through Workpackages and Workstreams to realise the opportunity and impact of Workpackage and Workstream delivery and that it is tailored and co-produced to the needs of the priority area and the LCAN. To include developing simple but auditable processes for for communities through LCANs to access funding to support co-creation delivery.
  9. Work closely with Learning and Innovation Lead and the Insight and Evaluation Workstream to ensure learning and evaluation from the LCAN model is being captured and fed into the overall programme evaluation and national learning.
  10. Draw on insight and evaluation feedback to share and adopt successful methods and approaches across the LCAN networks and to target required unusual suspect audiences. Ensure that LCAN officers are attuned to highlighting what works and also to sharing what works (or doesn't) amongst the LCAN Officer cohort.
  11. Work closely with TAWS Cluster Managers and other partner delivery organisations Solihull Active and Birmingham City Council Neighbourhood Networks to commission, broker and collaborate with LCAN networked delivery.
  12. Carry out all other duties as maybe reasonably assigned from time to time and with the level of this Job Description.
  13. Support and adopt the mission, aim and values of TAWS, throughout your work and behaviours.
  14. To take responsibility for your own personal and professional development, including responding constructively to internal management performance processes.

Responsible to: Programme Lead
Location: Birmingham with travel across Birmingham and Solihull
Hours of Work: 36 ½ hours per week. Flexible working will be required

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