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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, our main current areas of work include co-ordinating VCS health and social care networking and policy and developing a progressive and socially just vision of the role the VCS can play in local economies

Areas of Work

HealthEconomyThriving PlacesInfrastructure


Health Bulletin #74

17 November 2015

VCSE Review: Discussion paper on the challenges and solutions to better investment in and partnership with the VCSE sector

11 November 2015

VSNW Bulletin #99

30 October 2015


Most Significant Change Workshop

1 December 2015

Halton & St Helens VCA Conference and AGM

2 December 2015

Income Generation - The Basics of Trust and Foundation Fundraising

8 December 2015

Strategic work

Thriving Places


Thriving Places

'Thriving Places' is VSNW's and CLES' (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) campaign to develop a progressive and socially just vision of the voluntary and community sector's role in the life of local places. 

Read more: Thriving Places 

Localism and Localism Resources

Latest updates on VSNW's work to support VCS and infrastructure groups to engage in the localism policy agenda, including: 

An Introduction to Localism
Localism Resources for groups: 'Getting the Localism Bill RIght: six questions for your MP' plus presentations, briefings and links; and a Focus on Equality


VSNW's health agenda workThrough 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

Specialist areas of our work include: PersonalisationSocial ValueMental Health and Skills for Care.

Listen Value Invest

Listen Value Invest is a region-wide campaign movement, which is led by VSNW. Listen Value Invest is a region-wide campaign movement, which is led by VSNW. 

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.

Featured News

25 November 2015

North West Compact Award Winners

There were two North West winners at the recent Compact Awards, which were announced during Compact Week (2nd to 6th November)

23 November 2015

Compact Working Survey Summary

Earlier this year, we ran a survey to gather views on cross-sector partnership working in the North West in association with Compact Voice. A summary of the results is now available

10 November 2015

CQC asks for views on future of quality regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a discussion paper that sets out some of the choices it faces in responding to changes to how health and social care is delivered, so that regulation continues to help people receive safe, high quality and compassionate care

10 November 2015

CQC Inspection - Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The CQC inspection of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust will take place in December 2015 and a listening event will be held in Leigh on 2nd December

31 October 2015

VSNW Conference - VCSE Review

We would encourage everyone to contribute to the VCSE Review before the deadline of 6th November. The chair of the review, Alex Fox, spoke about this at our recent conference and AGM and a video of this speech is now available

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk