Welcome to Voluntary Sector North West
VSNW is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. Our purpose is to support a connected and influential voluntary and community sector (VCS).
Besides working for a well represented sector, current areas of work include co-ordinating VCS health and social care networking & policy and supporting increased VCS influence over the Localism policy agenda.
VSNW Bulletin #73
Green Bullet #29
Response to BIS consultation: TUPE Regulations
Through Regional Voices, VSNW is a strategic partner of the Department of Health. We support a number of large health-related networks and provide regular briefings, a specific health bulletin and Health News Updates.
Listen Value Invest
Listen Value Invest aims to demonstrate the excellent work carried out by community and voluntary groups across the North West of England, delivering vital services, changing lives and transforming communities. Not only do we support people and communities, but we also deliver enormous economic benefits.
Big Society Policy Resource
Online website dedicated to better understand the implications and opportunities for the voluntary and community sector of the Government's developing Big Society agenda
The Improving Representation Project will support and motivate VCS organisations and their representatives in the North West of England to better influence policy-making. It will also work with regional statutory agencies to increase their confidence in the accountability of VCS representatives.
Read more: Improving Representation Project
Supporting influence on health and wellbeing boards
Regional Voices, of which VSNW is a partner, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding from the Department of Health (Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund) to support voluntary and community sector influence on health and wellbeing boards
New report - Effectiveness of European Social Fund delivery
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has published the findings of a research study on European Social Fund delivery with the aim of informing thinking around the next round of programmes
List of North West Local Healthwatch Contacts
Healthwatch England was formed in April 2013 and is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. They have now published a list of local Healthwatch, including those for the North West
How to Sustain an Effective Local Healthwatch Organisation
The Local Government Chronicle held a webinar to explore the essential elements to ensure local healthwatch organisations are effective in scrutinising local health services and provide a voice for communities. Regional Voices, of which VSNW are a part, are mentioned.
NAVCA analysis of Transforming Local Infrastructure
An analysis has been published by NAVCA of the 74 areas that received Transforming Local Infrastructure and provides a national perspective, and allows the sharing of information and ideas
Contact UsVoluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301