It is part of our mission to be a strong strategic voice for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. We have an important role in helping to facilitate representative partnerships which recognise the strengths, challenges and interests of our diverse sector. Here are some ways you can have a say.
Networks provide a valuable voice for the voluntary sector in local, regional and national policy planning and development, leading to improved service delivery for all communities.
There are many voluntary sector networks and examples of cross-sector partnerships in Nottingham and surrounding areas. Some of these are co-ordinated by NCVS. Others we participate in, or draw your attention to, so that we can share information from and with the sector, and help to facilitate meaningful dialogue.
There are a series of major strategic boards across the city that can make decisions which affect the voluntary sector. We aim to keep you informed about key developments through the links on our Networks page. We'll also let you know how and when you can have a seat around the various tables.
Important partnership areas for NCVS
Please get involved with three important partnership areas for NCVS:
- the Practice Development Unit, co-ordinated by NCVS with Opportunity Nottingham, sharing learning and good practice around experiences of multiple disadvantage.
- our work with healthcare partners to ensure voluntary and community organisations are engaged and supported through the implementation of social prescribing in Nottingham. Our current work in this area focuses on green social prescribing through our GreenSpace project. Green social prescribing is a way of connecting people to nature-based activities and green groups, projects and schemes in their local community for support with health and wellbeing.
- sharing best practice safeguarding resources with Designated Safeguarding Leads in organisations working in Nottingham City.
Policy engagement and awareness-raising
We can help connect the local voluntary sector to those in the city making the decisions.
The way the government runs the country is ever changing, and this can affect the ways voluntary sector organisations do their work. We aim to stay aware of the latest changes to government policy or procedure so that we can keep the local voluntary sector informed about what reforms might mean, and how they might affect our work in Nottingham.
We do this through news articles and via our fortnightly e-bulletin by highlighting publications and surveys that require comment/feedback. Where relevant, we also help to organise consultation events and briefing sessions, bringing voluntary sector voices together with key decision-makers.
For example, with our help the Bank of England has invited local representatives to a series of roundtable meetings at NCVS to hear how financial pressures are affecting the lives of local people.
Researching, Learning and Collaborating
NCVS is involved in conducting and supporting research across the sector. Our State of the Sector work has anonymously surveyed Nottingham voluntary and community organisations to try and understand how the sector is managing to deliver its services.
We are also working with others involved in supporting and recruiting volunteers across the city to deliver a new Volunteering Strategy for Nottingham.
We always welcome your input. Please share your ideas and questions, or details of networks and involvement opportunities we may have missed, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.