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VSNW conference programme is released

10 October 2012

'The State We're In' VSNW Conference & AGM
22nd November 2012, Manchester


10am Introduction by Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive

Setting the scene – Tom MacInnes from the New Policy Institute
The New Policy Institute produces reports on social policy for organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Age UK and Unison. Their latest statistics on poverty and social exclusion, produced for JRF, will be published on 29th November.  

10.45am Break

11am Workshops

– Police and Crime Commissioners 

– The new health state and how to engage (Emma Easton, Regional Voices)

– LEPs (Neil McInroy, CLES)

Future of VCS
– Future of Infrastructure - Assist (Leesa Herbert,  NCVO)

– Children & Young People (Dave Packwood, Barnados and Elizabeth Harding, NWRYWU)

12.15pm Lunch and VSNW AGM

1.00pm Workshops

 Localism - Community Rights (Anton Schultz and Jeff Scales, Locality)

Health – Public Health (Dominic Harrison, Blackburn with Darwin Public Health)

Economy – Work Programme  (Tracy Fishwick, Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion)

Future of VCS – Regional Funders Forum

Networks – Local Natural Partnerships (Andy Yuille, CPRE North West)

2.15pm Workshops

Localism - Community Budgets

– Social Care 

– Current and future European funding (Angeliki Stogia, Network for Europe)

Future of VCS
– Chief Executives Policy Group (Richard Caulfield)

Networks – Equalities & Welfare Reform (Dan Silver/Amina Lone, One North West)

3.30pm Role of the VCS in working with new and current structures – panel session

Richard Caulfield - chair 
Local Economic Partnerships - Mike Blackburn
Police and Crime Commissioners – Jane Kennedy (Merseyside police commissioner candidate)
Local authority - Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council
NHS representative – to be confirmed 

4.30pm Round up and finish

Please join us by registering at When you register, you will be asked to confirm which workshops you would like to attend. The workshops are arranged into five subject areas - localism, health, economy, future of the VCS, and the environment, children & young people and equalities networks. There is one workshop from each subject area in each set of workshops. The workshops on Eventbrite will be slightly different to those listed above but please just complete it as far as possible as it will be useful for planning workshop numbers. 

For further queries about the conference, please contact Helen Walker, Information Officer on 0161 276 9303 or at

Featured News

3 July 2015

Survey launched: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?

 We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS.  Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Regional Voices, working with NHS England, is carrying out this survey to help understand specific issues which organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. We expect the survey to take no more than 15 minutes. The survey will close at 10am on 27 July.

Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations.

More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract.

NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate in.

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like any support filling it in, contact Emma Baylin or Yoshiko Stokoe on 0113 394 2300 or email

29 June 2015

£20 million Local Sustainability Fund launched

The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice

24 June 2015

Urgent - make sure your voice is heard on health and care

You can ensure that your voice is heard by completing the Universty of Durham and NHS England surveys on public health reforms and the NHS standard contract

10 June 2015

English Devolution: Local Solutions for a Healthy Nation

We are pleased to be featured in this Local Government Association publication about devolution and health 

1 June 2015

2015 NW Health and Care Learning Awards Announced

This year's winners of the North West Adult Learners’ Week Awards in Health and Social Care have been announced. VSNW have collaborated with Health Education North West and North West Employers to promote and celebrate these awards 

Contact Us

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