Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group
The VCSE Devolution Reference Group seeks to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in devolution. It comprises individuals from eighteen voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations from across Greater Manchester.
Objectives of the group
- To champion VCSE engagement in devolution across Greater Manchester by promoting the vital role the sector plays in working towards a more equal society
- To act as a point of contact for those working within Greater Manchester devolution and Greater Manchester’s VCSE sector
- To share information and opportunities, operate transparently and think beyond individual organisations
- To promote positive change and collaboration within the VCSE sector through devolution
- To create a social movement for change that empowers the communities of Greater Manchester
The Reference Group works to support sector engagement across Greater Manchester’s devolution agenda. It originated as a formal part of the health and social care devolution architecture and works closely with Alex Whinnom, CEO of GMCVO, who represents the sector on the new Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board and is a member of the Reference Group.
The Reference Group is not a representative structure but individuals are nominated by their own networks and are held accountable to their network and/or the Reference Group by a signed protocol agreement. Members of the Reference Group are expected to be ‘catalysts and connectors’ on behalf of the sector.
GM VCSE DEVOLUTION REFERENCE GROUP MEMBERSHIP, BY TYPE
Regional Alex Whinnom (GMCVO)
Local Mike Wild (MACC) Alison Page (Salford CVS) Liz Windsor-Welsh (Action Together)
HEALTHWATCH Ben Gilchrist (Healthwatch Tameside)
PROVIDERS Bernadette Conlon (Start in Salford) Kate Macdonald (YPSF) Simone Spray (42nd Street) Paul Martin (LGBT Foundation) Chris Larkin (Stroke Association) Zulf Ahmed (KYP Rochdale)
Michele Scattergood (Breakthrough UK)
(linked to GM Coalition of Disabled People) Suzanne Hilton (Age UK Bolton) (linked to Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board) Hanif Bobat (Ethnic Health Forum) (linked to GM BME Network)
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Chris Dabbs (Unlimited Potential) Joanne Walby (Big Life Group)
FAITH Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag (GM Faith Community Leaders)
SECRETARIAT LEAD Warren Escadale (VSNW) non-voting member
CONNECTING TO THE GROUP
Members of the group are connected to a range of regional and national networks, many of which provide routes to engage.
10GM Network Alison Page, Mike Wild and Liz Windsor-Welsh
GM VCSE Assembly Alex Whinnom
GM BME Network Hanif Bobat
GM Coalition of Disabled People Michele Scattergood
Northern Soul Chris Dabbs
Social Enterprise Network Chris Dabbs
Richmond Group Chris Larkin
Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board Suzanne Hilton
NW Leaders Board, DoH/ NHS England/ PHE VCS Strategic Partners Programme and Health Equity North Warren Escadale
Our key messages
We are many. The army of staff, volunteers and supporters across the sector are a catalyst for change and a connector of people
Our role is critical for the economic success of devolution in Greater Manchester but also for the equally important cultural and social devolution that will help build a truly equal region
We can devise, develop and deliver solutions to some of the most challenging problems faced by Greater Manchester, breaking down barriers and building community confidence and cohesion, and ensure we move from crisis resolution to anticipation and prevention
We understand our communities. We can help drive people-powered change, harnessing social action and bridging the gap that can exist between public services and the people they serve
Contact details for some of the networks are listed below.
GM VCSE Assembly:
0161 277 1000 (GMCVO)
Greater Manchester BME Network:
0161 860 6842