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

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

Health

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.
 

Big Society Policy Resource

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

Link: Big Society Policy Resource

Representation

VSNW's Representation workThe 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

Featured News

22 April 2014

VSNW is part of NAVCA future of local infrastructure commission

NAVCA has launched an independent commission to look at the future of local infrastructure. Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive, is a member of the commission and looks forward to learning from the good practice already used across the country

20 March 2014

The Big Lottery Fund are seeking your views

How can the Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people in need? You have until July 2014 to add your voice to a UK wide discussion around key areas of Big Lottery Fund’s work

20 March 2014

Questions on the Lobbying Act

In view of the passing of the Lobbying Bill into law, many charities and organisations that fall within the scope of the Act will have questions about how it might affect them and when further details may be available

18 February 2014

NCVO call for evidence on welfare reform

NCVO has launched a national call for evidence around the impact of welfare reforms. The deadline for submitting evidence is 31st March 2014

5 February 2014

Launch of Thriving Places campaign

Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, we are pleased to announce the launch of 'Thriving Places', our campaign to develop the VCS role in local economies and the life of local places. We have jointly set out five areas of action for this project and invite you to get involved in this important campaign at a crucial time for the sector. 

Contact Us

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