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

25 November 2015

North West Compact Award Winners

There were two North West winners at the recent Compact Awards, which were announced during Compact Week (2nd to 6th November)

23 November 2015

Compact Working Survey Summary

Earlier this year, we ran a survey to gather views on cross-sector partnership working in the North West in association with Compact Voice. A summary of the results is now available

10 November 2015

CQC asks for views on future of quality regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a discussion paper that sets out some of the choices it faces in responding to changes to how health and social care is delivered, so that regulation continues to help people receive safe, high quality and compassionate care

10 November 2015

CQC Inspection - Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The CQC inspection of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust will take place in December 2015 and a listening event will be held in Leigh on 2nd December

31 October 2015

VSNW Conference - VCSE Review

We would encourage everyone to contribute to the VCSE Review before the deadline of 6th November. The chair of the review, Alex Fox, spoke about this at our recent conference and AGM and a video of this speech is now available

Contact Us

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