"Getting it together..." Setting up a voluntary & community sector assemblyPresentation Transcript
“ Getting it together…”
Setting up a voluntary & community sector assembly
Improving Local Partnerships Policy Adviser
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Why VCS forums (assemblies/networks)?
Government intention to “work with national third (VCS) sector umbrella bodies to establish a standard by which local third sector bodies should organise themselves to be effectively represented on LSPs”
Strong and Prosperous Communities Local Government white paper October 2006
Establishing the standard
Principles of Representation
What is a VCS forum?
A strategic voice
Bringing local VCS organisations together
A partnership voice
Delivering VCS representation
Authentic, effective, accountable
What might a VCS forum do? (1)
Identify capacity needs
What might a VCS forum do? (2)
Promote outreach (to ‘under the radar’ groups)
Develop transparent processes
Promote Compact compliant working
What does a VCS forum need?
Excellent VCS infrastructure
Local support and development organisation(s)
Excellent VCS networking
Local frontline groups (including ‘under the radar’)
Local specialist forums
What is a VCS forum for?
Representing VCS diversity
Aspiring to VCS unity
Demonstrating VCS value
Key questions for VCS forums:
What is its purpose?
How will its objectives help it fulfil its purpose?
How will it balance internal co-ordination and external partnership working?
How will it ensure commitment to equality and diversity, and engagement with ‘under the radar groups’?