Strategic work

VSNW's role is to support greater voluntary and community sector influence both regionally and nationally.

Current areas of work include:

  • Department of Health Strategic Partner activity
  • "My Localism"
  • Listen Value Invest
  • Improving Representation of the North West
  • Big Society
  • Developing a regional consortia for VCS training and employment providers
  • Supporting VCS networks in the North West 


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

20 October 2016

VSNW's Conference and AGM 2016: Community Powered Change

This year's VSNW conference, Community Powered Change, will look at how communities can be the drivers of transformation, with keynote speakers and panellists including: Professor Ruth Lupton, Head of the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, Kathy Evans, Chief Executive of Children England

4 October 2016

CQC Inspections in the North West

CQC have announced upcoming hospital inspections for the next year in the North West. Care Quality Commission inspectors will be visiting the following hospitals, on the following dates:

3 October 2016

Job Opportunity: CEO at Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS are recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer, with a closing date for applications of 25th October 2016

19 September 2016

New survey looks at joint working between Jobcentres and VCSE organisations

VSNW has conducted a survey of VCSE agencies to understand the strength of relationships between local voluntary sector groups and Jobcentres, particularly where health and work initiatives are involved.

6 September 2016

Support and funding for VCSE Apprenticeships in the North West

Health Education England North West (HEENW) are offering telephone support to VCSE organisations in the North West thinking about taking on an apprentice. 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
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