North West Third Sector SPV Ltd
The North West Third Sector SPV Ltd is currently open for membership applications. The SPV is an independent organisation, set up by VSNW in partnership with the infrastructure members of the North West Learning & Skills Network, which aims to enable the VCS in the region to tender for large-scale learning, skills and employability contracts on a regional basis. Organisations working with this agenda are invited to apply.  For further information please email 

Quality Improvement for ESF programmes
The ESF Quality Advisory Group has produced a toolkit to support organisations in developing the quality of their learning and skills provision and assisting them to undertake effective self assessment. Download the toolkit here. 

Latest Employment, learning and skills network email update: 27th July 2012
Includes news on: 

  • VCS Apprenticeships; 
  • BIS consultation on VCS learning and skills providers;
  • City Deal briefing;
  • Calderdale College and their NW Workplace learning contract
  • Work Programme stats analysis;
  • two new lottery programmes in North West;
  • Youth Contract news;
  • Health update: new structures briefing and funding consultation;
  • local procurement research including myth-busting section. 

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. 

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Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301