English devolution is happening at a rapid pace,and it’s happening fastest in the North West. VSNW has been leading discussions about the voluntary sector's role in this new landscape

The Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise sector, at its very core, is engaged with communities and people. We are at the heart of what devolution is about, and VSNW is working to ensure the sector plays a leading role.

What's happening?

  • Greater Manchester is leading the country, with control of its £6bn Health and Social Care budget 
  • Liverpool City Region's devolution deal is in its second stage, with a metro-mayor election in 2017
  • Cumbria, Cheshire & Warrington, and Lancashire are all considering submitting devolution bids

VSNW's role 

  • Supporting VCSE partnerships to engage with devolution processes
  • Supporting discussions between the VCSE sector and other devolution operators
  • Facilitating cross-regional learning and policy transfer

To find out more, see the case studies below, along with detailed profiles for the sub-regions of the North West

The story so far

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greater manchester


liverpool city region 

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the north west

Devolution in action

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Greater Manchester VCSE DEVOLUTION

VSNW co-ordinates the group, which works to promote the role of the VCSE sector in devolution. The members have agreed on a goal of 'eradicating inequality in GM within a generation'. 


vs6 liverpool city region voluntary sector infrastructure partnership

VSNW provides policy support to VS6, a group of VCSE infrastructure bodies who seek to influence policy on a regional level. The partnership combines extensive voluntary sector expertise. 

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social movements
for health and the gm cancer vanguard

This project aims to mobilise a
citizen-led social movement for cancer prevention, harnessing the energy of both Greater Manchester (GM) citizens and the VCSE sector. 

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Become a cancer champion


Get in touch

Warren Escadale
VSNW Chief Executive

0161 276 9300
0161 276 9300