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Local Area Agreements. Involving the Voluntary and Community Sector. VCS in Local Area Agreements – Why bother?. Local knowledge Local contacts Access to hard to reach communities Experience of ‘what works?’ Added value - access to other funding, volunteering etc.

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Local area agreements

Local Area Agreements

Involving the Voluntary and Community Sector


Vcs in local area agreements why bother
VCS in Local Area Agreements – Why bother?

  • Local knowledge

  • Local contacts

  • Access to hard to reach communities

  • Experience of ‘what works?’

  • Added value - access to other funding, volunteering etc


Barriers to vcs involvement
Barriers to VCS involvement

  • Getting to the table

  • Keeping up with government agendas

  • Lack of resources to involve VCS in Local Area Agreements

  • Rolling out through commissioning and procurement


What will help
What will help?

  • Making contacts with VCS networks -

    • Local Councils for Voluntary Service

    • Voluntary Sector Training Forums

    • Other networks


What will help1
What will help?

  • VCS Friendly Outcomes

    • Supporting Social Entrepreneurs

    • Volunteering as a route to employment

    • Support for hard to reach communities


What will help2
What will help?

  • Accessible Commissioning

    • Smaller contracts

    • Contract for small grants

    • Involvement in developing tenders

    • Appropriate output requirements

    • Timescales

    • Capacity building

    • Brokered programmes


Further information
Further information

  • Louise Garner, LVSC 020 7700 8201

  • [email protected]

  • For further information and resources, go to www.lvsc.org.uk/laa


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