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Office for Civil Society gives former strategic partners new advisory roles - 9 June 2011

Organisations including Voice4Change England and Community Matters, have been given contracts to continue advising the department on the impact of big society policies.

In March the OCS cut the number of strategic partners from 42 to 17, of which 12 were in partnerships.

Voice4Change England and Community Matter, both of whom had their funding stopped under the 2010/11 programme, have been given further contracts to work with the department in an advisory capacity.

Rosie Anderson, policy and research manager at Community Matters, said the contract they had been given was to advise the department on "big society policy and its impact on the community sector". It would focus on encouraging volunteering, shaping the Communities First grants programme and advising on the community right to buy and the right to challenge, both in the Localism Bill.

Vandna Gohil, director of Voice4Change England, stated "The voice of BME communities will be heard at top decision-making tables and this is what we were campaigning for. We will champion and support the BME voluntary and community sector to build a big, inclusive society."

It is understood that both charities will use the funding for specific projects that have been agreed by the OCS, but details of these projects have not yet been revealed.

An official announcement is expected to be made by the Cabinet Office soon.

For more information, visit the Third Sector website.