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Delivering Social Change Signature Programmes

The Signature Programmes were set up to improve literacy and numeracy levels, offer increased family support and to support job creation within local communities - all of which were identified as being key priorities.

Signature Programmes

Following consultation with stakeholders and a trawl of existing examples of good practice in October 2012, the First Minister and deputy First Minister announced the development of six Signature Programmes under the Delivering Social Change framework as follows:

How were the Signature Programmes chosen?

The Children and Young Persons Early Action document was developed in consultation with stakeholders. This document identified key priorities to be taken forward under the Delivering Social Change Framework. The key priorities identified were Early Years and Early Interventions, Literacy and Numeracy, Transitions, Integrated Delivery and Joined-Up Planning and Commissioning.
You can view the Early Action Paper by clicking on the link below.

Play and Leisure Signature Programme

In October 2013, Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann announced an investment of £1.6 million to enhance play and leisure opportunities for children and young people.  It is proposed that this signature programme will support the creation of sustainable opportunities for play; raise awareness of the importance of play; and ensure play becomes central to our thinking when developing new policies or providing local services.  The intention of the programme is that every child would play more; that every adult would encourage and value play more; and that every community would actively support play more.  The project and how it will be delivered is currently being designed with stakeholders.
For further information telephone: 028 9052 8353
or write to:
Children and Young People Team,
OFMDFM, Room E3.18,
Castle Buildings, Stormont,
Belfast, BT4 3SR

Delivering Social Change/Atlantic Philanthropies Signature Programmes

The First Minister and deputy First Minister announced three new Signature Programmes in September 2014.  These new Programmes are jointly funded by the Executive and The Atlantic Philanthropies.  The programmes will deliver:
  • Services for people with dementia and their families and carers – getting support to carers of people with dementia that is based around the support they need to live their everyday lives;
  • Early intervention services for young families in need of support – working with young families to identify the particular issues that they have, and providing the right sort of assistance to become successful parents; and
  • Expansion of shared education, driving improvements in educational standards – supporting our schools to share resources and people, bringing children together across traditional divides, opening up new opportunities, and driving up educational standards.
The total value of the programme is £58.45 million, of which £22.5 million will come from the Executive’s Delivering Social Change Fund and £24.65 million will be provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies. The remaining £11.3 million will be provided by contributions from DHSSPS, DE, DEL DSD and DoJ.  
For further information contact the dscteam@ofmdfmni.gov.uk.

Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Updates

Since January 2014 the Delivering Social Change Team has been producing regular updates on progress across the Signature Programmes and other work being taken forward under the Delivering Social Change framework.
You can download the most recent editions of the Stakeholder Update at the links below.
If you would like to access any earlier editions please contact the DSC Team using the email below: