Prevent Watch

Community Group & Government Funding

Sector: Education and childcare
Date: March 2016
Location: South East

OFM is a grassroots community co-operative made up of volunteers from its locality. They focus on building economic development and regeneration practices to benefit the local community. As part of delivering these adult learning courses, OFM was granted funding by a body whose core funding comes from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

To receive the funding, OFM were informed that they were required to attend the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) training. OFM were unaware that this was an obligation to receive the funding. OFM decided that they did not wish to attend the training. OFM said that the Prevent programme is viewed with suspicion by a large section of the local community. OFM said that engaging with such a programme would destroy the trust and respect that the organisation relies upon to engage with sections of the community and would therefore disable the organisations ability to carry out their work.
OFM attended several meetings to mediate with the funding body to see whether the funding could be released without having to attend the WRAP training. The funding was not granted.

The case displays how government funding is now being tied to Prevent training. How the government is pushing the Prevent agenda into the 3rd Sector where there is no statutory obligation. OFM recognised the ‘toxic’ nature of Prevent and the potential damage it could do to the trust between them and the local community. OFM have now closed key services due to the lack of funding.

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