Representation

Strengthen third sector regional representation

A major project for Voluntary Sector North West is to strengthen the influence of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in regional and national decision-making.

Improving Representation supports and motivates VCS organisations and their representatives in the North West of England to better influence policy-making. It also works with regional statutory agencies to increase their confidence in the accountability of VCS representatives. Specifically, the project:

  • Helps organisations build their capacity through representation
  • Add to the regional evidence base for the sector’s impact by undertaking research projects
  • Help organisations to access information and communicate with representatives through an online information portal
  • Equip representatives to speak effectively by developing suitable mechanisms, protocols and skills
  • Lead and develop the North West Infrastructure Partnership, a network of regional and sub-regional VCS organisations, who come together to provide a coherent voice for the sector
  • Organise an annual event for infrastructure organisations to come together to be informed and engaged in the regional agenda
  • Have a special focus on traditionally under-represented groups.

This project is managed by Martin Preston, Representation Project Manager. 

“Across the North West the appetite for the sector to meaningfully engage with decision makers has been growing, both ‘bottom-up’ from the sector itself, and ‘top-down’ from statutory agencies,” said Richard Caulfield, Chief Executive of VSNW. “While this presents a number of challenges, there are already plenty of examples of good practice and partnership working. Building on this foundation we will strengthen the ability of the sector prove why it should have a place at the decision-making table, and then to have a meaningful impact by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our communities are not forgotten by policy-makers.”
 

 

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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