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

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. 

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