London, 26 Feb 2016: Leading change consultancy MetaValue and the UK’s flagship youth services mutual EPIC CIC today announced a partnership to support Councils explore options for and implement innovative models for delivering public services. The partnership builds on MetaValue’s strong track record as leading suppliers on the Cabinet Office’s Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) and Delivering Differently for Young People (DDYP) programme and EPIC’s experience of establishing the country’s first youth service Mutual.
The partnership will see the two organisations work together on projects across all public services including but not limited to youth, children and play services, libraries and adult learning, parks and leisure centres as well as sports and wellbeing services among others.
MetaValue has worked with a number of Local Authorities supporting options appraisals, service reviews, recommendations for and implementation of new delivery models and legal structures. This includes transformation of in-house provision, commissioning model, arms-length fundraising arm, Public Service Mutuals, mergers, consortium bids as well as partnering and joint venture approaches. The projects have been delivered to support improved service outcomes, cost efficiency, growth in income and investment and greater participation from the community and voluntary sector.
Suzie Campbell, MetaValue Co-founder said, “Our customers are typically facing the same dilemma, of improving public services whilst facing financial challenges. MetaValue’s experience of working in the very best of the public, private and charitable sectors and across a multiplicity of operating models means we can guide our customers to the right operating and legal structures suited to their local context. EPIC brings first-hand experience and strong insight into the challenges of change within a Local Authority environment, which will be deeply valuable to our customers”.
Recognised as one of the pathfinders by the Cabinet Office, EPIC is considered a model example of public service transformation. Since setting up as a public service youth mutual in January 2014 EPIC’s annual turnover has grown to £5 million per year, with £1 million of income generated from sources other than the Council. The organisation has improved impact through expanding services for young people to participate in education, training and employment. It has also exceeded its targets for accreditations and invested in staff training and innovation to promote wellbeing of its 150-strong workforce.
Brendan O’Keefe, Managing Director, EPIC said, “We are delighted to be working with MetaValue, an organisation with a first class track record in public sector transformation. We share a vision – that high quality public services can be provided through combining public sector values with an enterprise dynamic. We believe there is a wealth of untapped creativity in the public sector which can be unleashed by adopting new and innovative models of delivery.”
MetaValue Co-founder, Meeta Thareja added, “We are inspired by EPIC’s story of success and the incredible difference they have made to the community in Kensington and Chelsea, to young people and to their own staff. We look forward to working with Brendan and team to together unlock the potential for transformation in public services”.
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MetaValue is a change and strategy consultancy. It works with organisations to help unlock their potential, improve service effectiveness and cost efficiency.
Founded by Meeta Thareja and Suzie Campbell, the company works with organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. MetaValue is part of the Cabinet Office Mutuals Advisory Network, and the Delivering Differently for Young People programme. It has worked with a number of Councils to evaluate, redesign and develop new models for public services such as children and young people’s services, libraries and adult learning, sports partnership, language and translation services among others. MetaValue’s public sector customers include Surrey County Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, Birmingham City Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council, Torbay Youth Trust, Warrington Youth Café, Dudley Libraries Archives and Adult Learning Services, Newham Language Shop and Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
About EPIC CIC:
The UK’s flagship youth service mutual, EPIC delivers a comprehensive range of youth support services to children and young people up to the age of 19 and 25 for young people with a lifelong learning difficulty and/or disability (LLDD). EPIC’s services are provided under four main categories: Epic Youth, Epic Ambition, Epic Sport and Epic Health.
EPIC’s mission is to inspire young people to achieve their potential and to make a positive difference to the communities in which it works.