VSNW is a membership organisation, and many of its members are also membership organisations.  VSNW is therefore sometimes described as a network of networks. 

VSNW develops networks around areas of common interest and works in partnership with other networks.  These thematic networks aim to bring voluntary and community sector organisations together to address strategic issues affecting their area of interest or work.

Current VSNW-facilitated or partnered networks include

  • North West Infrastructure Partnership
  • Health & Social Care Network 
  • Learning & Skills Network
  • PROMiSE: network for third and independent sector providers of mental health services in the North West
  • North West Environment Link
  • Volunteering North West
  • Five Counties Partnership
  • C&YP NW
  • Future North West (the NW Forum on Ageing)
  • NW Equality & Diversity Group
  • One North West (Regional BME Network)


    VSNW's directory of VCS Skills for Care Lead Contacts

As part of our network development activity, we have produced The Care Directory: 


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

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