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.”
 

 

Featured News

24 May 2016

Review of partnerships and investment in the voluntary sector

The final report of the VCSE Review, Joint review of partnerships and investment in voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the health and care sector, has been launched

24 May 2016

CQC Inspection of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

The CQC inspection of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust takes place on 7th June 2016. Patients who have used their services in the last 12 months (and their families) are encouraged to give feedback on their experiences

27 April 2016

Halton - a social value borough

Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action have been working with a range of partners to implement social value in Halton. This case study shows the areas of work that they have been involved in and the benefits of these

26 April 2016

The Christie NHS FT CQC Inspection

The Care Quality Commission inspection of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust takes place in May 2016. Patients who have used the hospital services in the last 12 months (and their families) are encouraged to meet CQC inspectors to give feedback at two Trust Stalls.

19 April 2016

CQC Care for Older People Campaign

The Care Quality Commission have launched a campaign asking for older people, and their friends and families, to share their experiences of health and social care

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