Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIO)

What is a local infrastructure organisation?

LIOs, such as the Young Lives Consortium, are the voice of the local third sector, providing their members with a range of services and development support.

What they do:

Raise standards
LIOs work with local groups to ensure a high quality local sector. As they provide access to information on, for example, training, funding and legal advice, they can help with quality assurance standards, ensuring that groups and organisations in the district have the knowledge, skills and resources they need.

Identify and fill the gaps
LIOs can monitor the services provided by the third sector in its local area, so are able to identify the gaps in services. They can then work with new groups to address unmet needs as well as ensuring that existing groups are equipped to shape their services to the changing needs of the community.

Provide a voice
LIOs represent the views of groups and organisations to the local authority and other agencies and public bodies. They promote two-way communication, and are the voice of the local sector.  They should be consulted on policy developments and contribute to discussions and decision-making at a local level, and are involved with the local Compact - an agreement between the sector, councils and other local public bodies.

Communication and cooperation
These infrastructure organisations can encourage and support groups and organisations to work together and share resources to create a more efficient way of working and build a stronger local sector. They provide a forum for networking, in order to share good practice and expertise as well as forming partnerships that can bid for tenders.

Promote strategic involvement
The third sector should be involved in local policy-making and planning.  LIOs ensure that the sector is represented and involved in local strategic partnerships, local area agreements and other influential planning groups.  They work with representatives who sit on various sub-groups and committees to keep in touch with what is going on in the district and ensure they are involved with the key local issues.

The local infrastructure organisations for the Wakefield District are:

Young Lives Consortium (VCS groups working with children and young people)
www.ylc.org.uk

NOVA (New Opportunities Wakefield District)
www.nova-wd.org.uk