North West Infrastructure Partnership

The North West Infrastructure Partnership (NWIP) is a developing partnership of regional and sub-regional VCS infrastructure organisations who come together to provide a coherent voice for the voluntary and community sector at regional level. It is facilitated by VSNW.

NWIP’s purpose is to improve the ability of the whole of the voluntary and community sector across the North West to influence local, regional and national policies and strategies, by bringing together infrastructure organisations around a shared agenda.

Action for Children
Age UK
Cheshire Community Action *
Community Alliance 
Community Empowerment Practitioners Forum
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations
Cumbria CVS* - Karen Bowen
Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations *
Lesbian and Gay Foundation
Merseyside Disability Federation +
National Housing Federation NWCare and Support Forum
Network for Europe
North West Council for Voluntary Youth Service
North West Environment Link
North West Forum of Faiths
North West Rural Community Councils
North West Tenants and Residents Assembley
North West VCS Learning and Skills Network
One North West
Refugee Action
North West Children and Young People's Partnership
Sefton CVS*
Social Enterprise Partnership North West
Third Sector Lancashire *
VCS Engage
Voluntary Sector North West
Volunteering North West

* denotes 5 Counties Partnership Members

+ MDF currently attend NWIP as the accountable body for the North West Disability Infrastructure Partnership

Previous Meetings

23rd June 2011
23rd June 2011 Minutes
VSNW Update
NW Disability Infrastructure Presentation
Cabinet Office Presentation

11th March 2011
11th March 2011 Minutes
VSNW Update

7th December 2010
7th December 2010 minutes
VSNW Update

1st September 2010
1st September 2010 minutes
VSNW Update

24th June 2010
24 June 2010 minutes
Presentation delivered to Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society
CLES Presentation of Grant Research

Social Enterprise North West Presentation
VSNW Big Society Presentation 
VSNW Update

14th April 2010
14 April 2010 minutes
Grant Making with the Voluntary and Community Sector

CLES Research Update
VSNW Update

2nd March 2010 - Houses of Parliament!
Please go to the Listen, Value, Invest Website for further information on the NWIP event in London

9th December 2009
9th December 2009 Minutes
CLES Proposal
Information Portal Project Plan
VSNW Update

22nd September 2009
22nd September Minutes
VSNW Update
Martin Newton Presentation on relationship with HEIs
RS2010 presentation - Ian Ruff
Taking Forward the strategy - briefing note

30th June 2009
30th June 2009 Minutes


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
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk