VSNW - Voluntary Sector North West is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. Our purpose is to ensure that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West. 

VSNW works with over 140 members who work across the region directly supporting and delivering services for individuals, or are VCSE infrastructure organisations that work with local voluntary and community groups.

The 40 infrastructure organisations in membership of VSNW have a membership of 6,780 VCSE groups and are in contact with 19,800 local voluntary and community sector groups in the North West - just under two-thirds of the region’s VCSE groups.

 

Our Mission

Ensuring that the voluntary and community sector, in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West
 

Our values

Accountability: VSNW will express this value by enhancing communication and two way dialogue with the sector and stakeholders and by supporting sector representatives at the Regional level. Accountability demonstrates reliability and promotes trust;

Knowledge: VSNW will express this value by generating an evidence base for action and demonstrating integrity through  informed actions and decisions. VSNW will use its knowledge base to provide leadership, promote the sector and show foresight;

Equality: VSNW will express this value by not working in isolation:  valuing what people can do together, whether part of community of interest, identity or place. VSNW recognises that from diversity comes strength and quality knowledge. and we will challenge prejudice and intolerance wherever we encounter it.


Strategic Objectives

To influence and shape the agendas and policies of statutory sector partners by:

  • Developing, supporting and engaging with networks
  • Pro-actively establishing and enhancing dialogue with geographic and thematic support providers
  • Gathering and making use of information and knowledge relating to and for the sector
  • Increasing recognition as a reliable voice of the sector
  • Developing VSNW as a well governed and financially sound organisation

Read more about our current work

 

VSNW is a registered charity (Charity no. 1081654) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England no. 3988903 with the registered office at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ).