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Southend Event

3 April 2009

Today I am attending an excellent event for the people of Southend on what community funding is available and how to access it. There are well over 100 people here, both MPs – David Amess and James Duddridge – as well as the Chief Executive and Deputy Leader of the Council.

This was a great chance for me to advertise BIG’s new, improved Awards for All scheme as well as our programme for Veterans [Heroes Return 2]. Practically the first thing I saw at the Civic Centre was a plaque commemoration Southend’s Normandy Veterans, so let’s hope they make full use of our latest offer of support.

Ed Hickman from our Eastern Region is doing a characteristically clear explanation of how to access BIG programmes. James Duddridge said he was keeping an eye on what the Distributors spend on admin. I have no problem with that but did observe that we were incurring some admin overhead through well targeted outreach activity of this kind.  I think we are all convinced that today is time and money well spent and look forward to a spike of high quality applications from Southend.

Where should I go next?

Peter

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