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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
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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
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