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A regional perspective. Stephen Woollett Chief Executive South West Forum. South West Forum. Influence regional policy/strategy Networking, sharing practice Promoting understanding of VCS Promoting/developing infrastructure 15,000+ network. Size, scale. 50-70,000 VCOs in South West

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A regional perspective

A regional perspective

Stephen Woollett

Chief Executive

South West Forum


South west forum

South West Forum

  • Influence regional policy/strategy

  • Networking, sharing practice

  • Promoting understanding of VCS

  • Promoting/developing infrastructure

  • 15,000+ network


Size scale

Size, scale

  • 50-70,000 VCOs in South West

  • 17,600 charities

  • 5,500 social enterprises

  • 54,000 paid staff (just charities)

  • 2.3% of workforce


Importance

Importance

  • Meet social and other needs

  • Help public services to be better

  • Enable citizen/public involvement

  • Provide jobs, training, routes to work

  • Contribute to economy

  • Harness volunteer effort


Rhetoric vs reality

Rhetoric vs reality

  • High political attention but front line groups struggling

  • Engagement with VCS critical but often little funding

  • Compacts in place – but lack teeth


Continued

…continued

  • Health-VCS engagement often weak

  • Better collaboration in VCS

  • Full cost recovery – but in practice?

  • VCS involvement in LAA devt.

    • and delivery variable


A regional perspective

So…..

  • More understanding of each other

  • Learn with each other

  • Proper resourcing for VCS engagement

  • Embed compact throughout org.

  • VCS leadership and strategic thinking


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South West Forum

  • www.southwestforum.org.uk

  • 01392 823758

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