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Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre

Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
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Email: info@vsnw.org.uk

Briefings

Briefing #92: Statistical Summary of the Sector in Cheshire & Warrington

6 August 2014

Key findings about Cheshire & Warrington's voluntary, community and social enterprise sector are that:
► There are over 4,300 voluntary, community and social enterprise groups in Cheshire & Warrington.
► The income of the sector is approximately £340m (as at 2010/11).
► There are at least 9,000 people employed in the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector in Cheshire & Warrington.
► Every week, over 95,000 people volunteer with VCS groups in Cheshire and Warrington.
► These volunteers contribute over 145,000 hours of their time, which is equivalent to over 3,800 full time jobs.

Briefing #93 Greater Manchester Public Health System

15 July 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to:

• provide an introduction to public health systems as of February 2014
• provide information about the Greater Manchester Public Health Network

Briefing #91 Cabinet Office Sustainability Fund

2 June 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to:

• provide an introduction to the Cabinet Office Sustainability Fund
• provide a number of questions to consider in responding to the consultation

Briefing #90 Public Health

21 March 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to:
• provide an introduction public health systems as at February 2014
• provide contact details for the Directors of Public Health & for Public Health England Centres in the North West
 

Briefing #89 Strategic Clinical Networks and Senates

20 March 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to:
• provide an introduction to the work of Strategic Clinical Networks and Senates
• provide contact details for the Strategic Clinical Networks and Senates
 

Briefing #88 Clinical Commissioning Groups

19 March 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to:
• Outline Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) key responsibilities and accountability
• How Voluntary Sector groups can work with CCGs
• CCGs in the North West
 

Briefing #87 Implications of the Autumn Statement 2013 for the welfare state and economic strategy

6 January 2014

The purpose of this briefing is to provide an overview of where we are up to in terms of cutting the deficit and of the future impact of the Autumn Statement on:

► the voluntary and community sector
► communities in the North West
► the role of the state
► the future shape of growth in the UK

Briefing #86 Spending Round 2013 and Investing in Britain's Future

27 June 2013

The purpose of this briefing is to provide details from the Spending Round 2013 and from Investing in Britain’s Future (27 June 2013) focusing on:
► Specific Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) measures
► Economy relating to the NW VCS
► Health and Social Care highlights from the Spending Round 2013
► Further Welfare Reform news

Care Quality Commission

30 May 2013

VSNW, as part of Regional Voices, is working with the Care Quality Commission to raise the awareness of CQC’s work with the voluntary sector. As part of this we are sharing a series of articles that CQC have prepared to highlight different aspects of their role.

Briefing #85: Welfare Reform Update (April 2013)

11 April 2013

This briefing highlights:
► Latest on the NW Universal Credit Pathfinder areas
► Shaping local future support via DWP's 'Local Support Services Framework'
► Welfare Reform Timetable
► Role of councils and concerns about implementing Welfare Reform

Briefing #84: 2013: Eleven upcoming policy developments affecting the VCS

25 January 2013

As we usher in 2013, it promises to be a tough year for many people as the full scale of austerity continues to come into effect.  It is within this context that government reforms continue to be announced and implemented at a pace that leaves it difficult to keep up.  

This document intends to highlight some of the major areas that will impact on both the voluntary and community sector, and the individuals that make up the service-users of such organisations.  

One North West Briefing: Welfare Reform

23 January 2013

 This briefing contains information on welfare reform and some of the main changes

Briefing #82: The Rise of the LEPs

18 December 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to highlight:

► how the Autumn Statement 2012 has boosted Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
► forthcoming sub-regional ‘Strategic Plans for Local Growth’
► LEPs’ role in future access to a national ‘growth-related’ Single Funding Pot from 2015
► The implications for future EU Funds

Improving equality outcomes in an era of Localism: The Tameside Race Equality Framework

6 November 2012

This One North West and Tameside Third Sector Coalition report is about the Tameside Race Equality Framework. This innovative framework provides a model for developing new approaches to localism grounded in equality, whilst contributing towards the realisation of a social value framework.

The full framework upon which the report is based can be found here

North West Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Board Boundaries

1 October 2012

The purpose of this briefing provided by the Transition Alliance NW is to:

►Outline on a map the boundaries of the North West Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards
►List the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards by sub region

Briefing on Universal Credit

30 August 2012

Universal Credit is a new benefit that will be introduced from April 2013, replacing current means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people. It will radically alter the benefit system.

This briefing from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) describes Universal Credit: what it is, the timetable from next April, and how it will affect £8m households by 2017.  

Universal Credit will start in the Pathfinder areas of Tameside, Oldham, Wigan and Warrington from next April, six months before the national roll out. These areas will see up to 1500 new claimants each month start on Universal Credit. 

Further reading (after the briefing):
► DWP press release on the Pathfinder
DWP on Universal Credit
Universal Credit - Frequently Asked Questions (July 2012)
Latest news on Local Authority led pilots exploring specific issues, starting this Autumn ahead of the Pathfinders (Press release: 31 August 2012)

Regional Voices - Health & Social Care Act Briefing

5 July 2012

Regional Voices have produced a policy briefing on the Health and Social Care Act and the implications for the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Briefing #81: The Youth Contract

14 June 2012

The purpose of the briefing is to:
► outline the various elements of The Youth Contract
► provide guidance to potential VCS providers
► provide guidance for potential VCS users

Briefing #80: Safeguarding and the Safe Network

24 May 2012

The purpose of the briefing, provided by the Safe Network, is to outline:

  • The role of the Safe Network
  • Activity in the North West
  • The updated Safe Network Standards
  • Current guidance and legislation from central Government
  • What's happening next: North West events, becoming a Safe Network Champion

We need to talk about migration

21 May 2012

One North West worked with the Migrant Rights Network and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration to hold a debate about migration and how it can be used in order to build a dynamic society and economy in the North West. The visit of the APPG in the North West is part of a process that is absolutely critical to the future of public conversation on migration, which need to move beyond London to see how issues of migration are being discussed locally. 

This briefing builds upon these discussions and marks the starting point of a new debate about migration in the North West and at a national level. 

Briefing #77 Healthwatch Update - May 2012

17 May 2012

 

Following amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill and its passage through Parliament, this briefing aims to
·         Outline the proposed structure, purpose and functions of Local Healthwatch
·         Outline the proposed structure, purpose and functions of Healthwatch England
·         Outline VSNW’s perspective on the development of Local Healthwatch

Briefing #79: Rhetoric and reality: The role of the sector in public service delivery

3 May 2012

In early 2012, VSNW carried out a survey of the sector in the North West to test how the Government rhetoric on the principles laid out in the Open Public Services White Paper was reflected in the experiences of the sector. The results of this survey have been included in this briefing along with an exploration of the differences between rhetoric and reality, and highlights where further investigation may be required

Briefing #78: Advancing Quality Alliance - AQuA

2 May 2012

The purpose of this briefing, provided by Bernie O’Hare of the Advancing Quality Alliance – AQuA - is to:

• Outline what is the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA)
• Outline the role and purpose of AQuA
• Outline the role of AQuA in Long Term Conditions

The Voluntary and Community Sector: Support for Health and Social Care in the North West

27 April 2012

This guide aims to highlight the way that the voluntary and community sector can support commissioners and policy makers improve the health of their community and reduce health inequalities - both through provision of services and commissioning support.

Briefing #76: On the Nature of VCS Infrastructure

11 April 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to:
► highlight the need for coherent investment in local infrastructure
► summarise VSNW’s submission to the Lottery’s recent consultation on support for frontline groups.

Briefing #75: Social Justice: Transforming Lives

21 March 2012

In light of the publication of the Government's Social Justice strategy, this VSNW and One North West briefing highlights the key principles within the strategy, reveals the Government's plans for delivery and provides an initial analysis of the areas of potential action and concern. 

Briefing #74: Neighbourhood Planning

1 March 2012

Given the Localism Act 2011's new neighbourhood planning powers, this Planning Aid authored briefing highlights:
► Neighbourhood Planning ("the fourth Community Right") and how to develop a Neighbourhood Plan
► Pilots in the North West
► Sources of support for communities interested in Neighbourhood Planning

Local HealthWatch Update

27 February 2012

The purpose of this briefing, 'To Quango or not to Quango' is to outline the current position with regards to legislative proposals on the legal status of Local HealthWatch

Community Budgets

9 February 2012

This briefing explains the aims of both neighbourhood and whole-place Community Budgets and answers many of the frequently asked questions about these pilot schemes

Briefing #71 Healthy Lives, Healthy People: the New Public Health System

1 February 2012

The purpose of this Briefing is to:

►Outline the role of Local Government in Public Health
►Outline the role of Public Health England
►Outline the Public Health Outcomes Framework
►Proposed Timeline for implementation of the new Public Health System
 

Briefing #70 LINks to HealthWatch

20 January 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to:
►Outline the proposals for Local HealthWatch
►Outline the role and functions for Local HealthWatch
►Outline the proposals and function of HealthWatch England
 

Briefing #69 Health and Wellbeing Boards

9 January 2012

The purpose of this briefing is to

• Outline the Vision for Health & Wellbeing Boards
• Outline the Structure and Functions of Health & Wellbeing Boards
• Outline Voluntary and Community Sector representation in the North West
 

Ensuring local VCS Groups don't lose out in Lottery changes

8 December 2011

Briefing note for MPs on the potential effect of proposed Cabinet Office changes to the way in which Lottery Fund money is distributed.

Groups are encouraged to pass a copy to their Member of Parliament.

If you wish to adapt our briefing for your own or use aspects of it in order to write to your MP please feel free to use this Word Version: Briefing Note for MPs (Word Version) 

Briefing #68: Year of Health and Wellbeing

27 October 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to:
• Outline the purpose of the Year of Health and Wellbeing
• Outline the Five Ways to Wellbeing
 

Briefing #67: Proposed new Big Lottery Fund policy directions consultation

14 October 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to:

► Encourage groups to respond by 18th November
► Outline five points to consider

Briefing #66: Draft National Planning Policy Framework - Call for Action!

26 September 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by the North West Environment Link, is to:

► Highlight some of the key issues arising from the draft National Planning Policy Framework
Provide signposts to more detailed briefings and information
Encourage specific actions for individuals and groups

Briefing #65 Clinical Commissioning Groups

1 September 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to:

►Provide an update on the position of emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups
►Provide a list of North West Clinical Commissioning Groups

Briefing #64: Local Nature Partnerships

9 August 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by North West Environment Link, is to:
► Raise awareness about the purpose and functions of Local Nature Partnerships
► Highlight specific proposals in the North West and encourage civil society groups to engage.

Briefing #63: No Second Night Out

7 July 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to outline:
►The government's vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out Nationwide
► A new £20million Homelessness Transition Fund for the voluntary sector to help deliver the pledge 

Briefing #62: Civil Society Strategic Partners

6 July 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to highlight:
► 
appointed strategic partners of the Office for Civil Society
► contracted priorities (lead and contributory agencies)

Briefing #61: Analysing The Natural Choice (The Natural Environment White Paper)

5 July 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by North West Environment Link, is to provide further analysis of the themes and implications of the White Paper. It follows an introductory briefing on the White Paper: Briefing #60

Briefing #60: The Natural Choice (The Natural Environment White Paper)

4 July 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by North West Environment Link, is to:
► raise awareness of the first environment White Paper for 20 years
► summarise the key themes and commitments
► highlight the links to LEPs, planning, economic growth, communities and localism, health, and education

Briefing #59 Government Response to the Future Forum Report

15 June 2011

This briefing outlines the key changes the government will be making to its health and social care reforms as a result of the NHS Future Forum Report. Some of these will require amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill; others will be in the form of statutory guidance.

Briefing #58 Engagement with European Health: Opportunities and Risks in the NW of England

13 June 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to:

►Explain the role of the NW Health Brussels Office
►Outline areas for engagement with European issues
 

Briefing #57 No Health without Mental Health - Cross Government mental health strategy

16 May 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to:

►summarise the main intentions of the strategy
►outline the implications of proposals
 

Briefing #56 Big Society Accountability: from Equality to Fairness

13 May 2011

This briefing outlines the New Government's approach to equality including:

the shift from equality to fairness
the emergence of a new form of untested and potentially questionable accountability

Briefing #55 Abolition of Equality Impact Assessments

19 April 2011

The purpose of this briefing is to highlight:
► a consultation on implementing the public sector equality duty
► 21st April deadline for responses
and encourage groups to send a short email in response

Briefing #54 Big Society, Localism and the Environment

14 March 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by North West Environment Link (NWEL), is to highlight:

► The findings & proceedings of NWEL’s Big Society and the Environment Conference
► The ensuing recommendations to Government and civil society groups
► How to campaign for the environment with NWEL
 

Briefing #53 Vetting and Barring System (VBS) Update

2 March 2011

The purpose of this briefing, provided by the National Safeguarding Unit, is to outline:
► Current Government policy on vetting
VBS Remodelling Review recommendations
► Future of ISA, CRB and the VBS Contact Centre
► 2 page Q&A on the changes

Briefing #52 The Future of our Forests

14 February 2011

This briefing, provided by North West Environment Link, explains the government proposals for selling off parts of the Forestry Commission estate.

The government has now announced the abandonment of this consultation and removal of clauses relating to forestry from the Public Bodies Bill. Issues remain over the future management of our forest estate, and we hope there will be ongoing discussions where the VCS can be involved.

Updated Briefing #51 - GP Consortia and the Health Transition Period

10 February 2011

This briefing has now been updated to take account of the latest developments in the reforms of the NHS:

►a summary of the main developments in relation to GP consortia as at February 2011.
►outlines the intention behind GP consortia and other structures from a national level
►a quick reference guide to developments in relation to health primarily

Briefing #50 The Localism Bill, decentralisation and local voluntary action

17 December 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to highlight:
►The content and implications for the VCS of The Localism Bill, including the importance of The Community right to challenge
►Housing and homelessness proposals that target poor
►The Government’s new cross-departmental action plan for decentralisation
►A checklist for developing a proactive approach to The Localism Bill

Briefing #49 Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Public Health White Paper

14 December 2010

This briefing outlines the main proposals of the Public Health White Paper: Healthy Lives, Healthy People.

Briefing #48 Modernising Commissioning

14 December 2010

This briefing outlines the content and aims of the Modernising Commissioning Green Paper, which is gathering views on how the government can reform all stages of the commissioning process at both local and national levels to ensure VCS organizations have a greater involvement in the running of public services. 

Briefing #47 A Vision for Social Care

1 December 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to outline:
• The main changes proposed within the Vision for adult social care
• Some of the possible implications for the sector (presented throughout the document in text boxes)
 

Briefing #46 Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution

4 November 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to outline:

• The main changes proposed within the Information Revolution consultation
• Some of the possible implications for the sector (presented throughout the document in text boxes)
 

Briefing #45 Liberating the NHS: Greater Choice and Control

4 November 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to outline:
• The main changes proposed within the Choice and Control consultation
• Some of the possible implications for the sector (presented throughout the document in text boxes)
 

Briefing #44: Public Services (Social Value & Social Enterprise) Bill

3 November 2010

If passed, this bill will require public service contracts to include social value provisions. This briefing explains:
► What the bill could mean for the sector and the communities it serves
► How the bill will pass through Parliament
► How you can lobby your MP to support the bill

Briefing #43 Transforming Community Services - Plans for PCT Provider Arms

21 October 2010

Since April 2009 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have been required to develop plans to have separate commissioning and provider arms and to adopt a contractual relationship with provider organisations.  This Briefing outlines the plans for the North West which must be in place by March 2011.

Briefing #42: New model regeneration and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

12 October 2010

This briefing outlines:
►How economic development might link to communities
►Potential VCS role and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Briefing #41: New Geographies

11 October 2010

Briefing outlining the likely implications of changes to local, sub-regional and regional ways of working (right across policy agenda from health to economy to localism to equalities) and how it may affect priorities, and ways of working.

Briefing #40 Environmental priorities of the 'Future North West' consultation

19 August 2010

NWEL logoThe purpose of this briefing, provided by North West Environment Link, is to provide an update on:
► The background and development of Future North West: our shared priorities
► How will Future North West be used
► The key environmental provisions
► How to respond to the consultation

Briefing #39: Coping with Cuts

12 August 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to:
► Provide guidance for busy CEOs and trustees to navigate the new landscape of cuts.
► Offer hints and tips for how your organisation can adapt now.
► Show how you can effectively demonstrate your outcomes and successes through telling your stories.

Briefing #38 Analysis of the Voluntary Sector Social Care Workforce in North West

5 August 2010

Skills for Care have produced an analysis of the Voluntary Sector Social Care workforce in the North West using the most recent data from the National Minimum Data Sets.  The briefing provides information on workforce turnover, reasons for leaving, pay and qualifications.

Briefing #37 Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS

27 July 2010

The purpose of this briefing is to:
►outline the Health White Paper - Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS
►outline possible implications for the voluntary and community sector

Briefing #36: The Big Society: step by step

19 July 2010
The purpose of this briefing is to introduce:
► The Coalition Government's Big Society agenda
► The draft Structural Reform Plans that will influence the October’s Spending Review 2010
► Members of the Coalition Government driving forward the Big Society agenda
► The main and various areas of implementation and linked questions

Briefing #35 The Work Programme

15 July 2010

Includes:
• Latest news on the Government’s proposed new Work Programme and framework for delivery
• Brief, early news of linked initiatives: business mentors, work clubs and volunteering

Briefing #34 Social Impact Bonds

23 June 2010

Social Impact Bonds are a financial tool to provide new ways to invest money in social outcomes. Their purpose is to more effectively achieve social goals through creating more good for less money.

Briefing #33 The Spending Review 2010 framework

9 June 2010

Outline of the purpose, areas of review, future timetable and process for how the Government will address the national deficit. 

Briefing #32 Fair Society, Healthy Lives - Marmot Review

17 February 2010

The Marmot Review was carried out in order to propose the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England from 2010.  The Review is calling for health inequalities to sit alongside tackling climate change as the core of society’s achievement. Creating a sustainable future is, the Review says, entirely compatible with action to reduce health inequalities: sustainable local communities, active transport, sustainable food production, and zero carbon houses will all have health benefits across society.

 

Briefing #31 North West Mental Wellbeing Survey

10 February 2010

A major new survey of 18,500 residents in the North West has been published.   The survey was carried out in response to a need to understand more about positive mental health and wellbeing.   Carried out as a collaborative partnership between local authorities, PCT's, and led by  NHS NW, it is seen as informing future policy and practice in the North West.

Briefing #30 The Government Skills Strategy and the Third Sector

3 February 2010

Skills Third Sector logoA briefing from Skills-Third Sector on the issues raised by the Skills for Growth report, which explains how groups can influence what will happen next.

Briefing #29 Third Sector Tackling Worklessness in the North West

11 January 2010

Briefing #29 Third Sector Tackling Worklessness in the North West 

This VSNW Briefing outlines the findings of recent NWIEP research conducted by the University of Manchester which explored current activity to tackle worklessness in the North West

Briefing #28 NHS Quality Framework: Quality Accounts

16 November 2009

This briefing gives an overview of the proposed Quality Accounts report which all NHS Trusts will be required to produce from April 2010 onwards.  It is suggested that third sector organisations providing NHS Services will also be required to produce the same report from 2011 onwards.  A consultation is currently taking place until 10th December.

►Please feed into VSNW's response by 8th December: Margaret.McLeod@vsnw.org.uk 

Briefing #27 National Safeguarding Unit

5 November 2009

The purpose of this briefing, provided by the National Safeguarding Unit, is to:
► Introduce the new unit and its aims
► Explain how it intends to work with the voluntary and community sector
► Outline who can access its services and how

Briefing #26 Connecting Communities

4 November 2009

The purpose of this briefing is to:
► Explain the background to and aims of the CLG programme
► Identify where, when and how it will be rolled out
► Demonstrate how VCS organisations can get involved

Briefing #25 Support for key community organisations from bassac

3 November 2009

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a brief summary of:
•    bassac
•    bassac’s current programmes: collaboration, voice, impact, Communitybuilders and inspiring democracy programmes
•    bassac’s key services: including up to 15 days collaboration support, Axis of influence tool, and ChangeCheck guide and resources
 

Briefing #24 Shaping the Future of Care Together green paper

14 October 2009

The purpose of this briefing is to:
►Summarise Government's Green Paper proposing a radical change in the national adult social care system
►Explain how NAVCA, Regional Voices and VSNW are working together to provide a sector response to this consultation

Briefing #23 Faith in England's Northwest

13 October 2009

This briefing summarises recent research into the contribution that faith groups make to communities in the North West.

Briefing #22 The Regional Compact: what you need to know

24 September 2009

Jane Groves, Team Leader for Empowerment and the Third Sector, GONWJane Groves, Team Leader for Empowerment and the Third Sector in Government Office North West, has written this update on the North West Regional Compact, due to be launched in November this year.

Briefing #21 Vetting and Barring

23 September 2009

Independent Safeguarding AuthorityThe recently established Independent Safeguarding Authority will oversee the newly-created Vetting and Barring scheme, established by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which will significantly affect the way that people who work with vulnerable groups will be vetted. This briefing explains how the scheme works, who it will affect and what the implications are for organisations.

Briefing #20 Summary of the Principles & Issues Consultation Report

28 August 2009

 Briefing Report 20: Summary of the regional strategy consultation report The purpose of this regional strategy update is to:
►Provide a brief overview of the Consultation Report
►Encourage third sector organisations to think about how their work does and/or could help deliver the draft outcomes

"The Regional Strategy will ultimately aim to improve the sustainable quality of life for the people of the region and to make it more equitable"

Briefing #19 Improving Voluntary and Community Sector representation in the North West

28 July 2009

This briefing aims to introduce VSNW's Representation project, to outline its outcomes and how they will be achieved, and to explain how it links to the North West Infrastructure Partnership.

Briefing #18 Group Training Associations and Apprenticeships in the Voluntary & Community Sector: FAQs

15 July 2009

This briefing aims to help VCS organisations to understand the aims of Group Training Associations (GTAs), the benefits of Apprenticeships for VCS organisations, VSNW's involvement in a bid for a national sector-specific GTA and the benefits of such a GTA.

Briefing #17 The new Qualification and Credit Framework for learning (10 July 2009)

10 July 2009

This briefing, drawn from information supplied by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, summarises how and why the current qualifications system will be simplified.

Briefing #16 VCS Engage NW: review and preview of activities

8 July 2009

This briefing summarises VCS Engage NW’s:

  • aims and priorities
  • work over the last year
  • forthcoming work over the next year
  • steering group and terms of reference.

Briefing #15 Tackling Worklessness: Government Office (GONW) actions

12 May 2009

This briefing summarises GONW’s work to tackle worklessness: GONW’s objectives, partnerships and activities.

Briefing #14 Target: Wellbeing

4 May 2009

This briefing outlines the work of the Target: Wellbeing partnership which pump-primes local and regional wellbeing activity in the North West focussed on the following three themes:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Encouraging healthy eating
  • Improving mental wellbeing

Briefing #13 Regional Strategy Principles consultation response

1 May 2009

This briefing summarises:
The voluntary and community sector response to the regional strategy (RS2010) consultation on the Principles & Issues Paper.

Briefing #12 Interchange Programme

9 January 2009

This briefing outlines:

  1. The Interchange programme and how to take part.
  2. An "Interchange" between VSNW and GONW to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) engagement in Local Area Agreements and develop a regional Compact.
  3. LAA refresh news and VSNW’s offer to promote local VCS engagement, partly as a consequence of the interchange programme.

Briefing #11 Better future in mind: Mental health services in the North West

6 January 2009

The NHS North West Commission on Mental Health Services was set up in September 2007 to review mental health services in the North West. This briefing outlines the Commission’s key findings and recommendations.

Briefing #10 Volunteering and the draft North West Compact

26 November 2008

Volunteering as part of the draft North West Compact, and influencing volunteering in the final version of the Regional Compact.

Briefing #09 VCS and the Joint Economic Commission for the North West

12 November 2008

An outline of the recently formed Commission's seven point action plan for the North West, and a call for information on how the economic downturn is affecting VCS groups and debt counselling services in particular.

Briefing #08 Regenerating the North West: VCS role and potential

30 September 2008

A summary of key data outlining the size and potential of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the North West to regenerate communities. This is a summary of VSNW's full response to the regional evidence base consultation.

Briefing #07 Framework for a fairer future: The Equalities Bill

28 August 2008

Briefing #06 Community and mental health contracts: Department of Health consultation

31 July 2008

Learning from latest NHS consultation event on standardised contracts for community and mental health services.

Briefing #05 Proposed NW regional governance structures: influencing the new Integrated Regional Strategy

21 July 2008

Briefing #04 VCS engagement project

15 July 2008

Briefing outlining VSNW's work to appropriately engage VCS groups and structures in Skills for Care work in the North West

Briefing #03 Together We Can

14 July 2008

Current and future work of the empowerment partnership for the North West

Briefing #02 European funding in the North West 2007-2013

25 June 2008

Briefing #01 Prosperous Places: sub national review

4 June 2008

Featured News

15 September 2014

Due North: Inquiry on Health Equity for the North

The independent inquiry panel, which included Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive and which was funded by Public Health England, has published its final report

1 September 2014

VCS engagement with Health and Wellbeing Boards

Regional Voices (of which VSNW is a member) has published the full report from the survey conducted earlier this year about how the voluntary and community sector is engaging with health and wellbeing boards

1 September 2014

Book your place at the VSNW Conference and AGM 2014

Please join us on 15th October for an interesting day of debate and discussion on the latest issues affecting the voluntary and community sector in the North West. The day will include a series of workshops and two great keynote speakers

26 August 2014

BIG Assist and Financial Sustainability

BIG Assist have awarded £267,000 to 35 infrastructure organisations in the North West, 12% of all awards in England. What they have funded most is the work in financial sustainability

28 July 2014

Big Society Network - VSNW raised concerns about the use of Lottery funding

VSNW welcomes the investigations into the use of Lottery funding for Big Society Network projects and asks the sector to support this

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk