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

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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