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Understanding The VCS. Just a bunch of volunteers, aren’t they?. VCS – A Definition. The VCS is diverse, active and passionate It includes voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives, mutuals, and companies both large and small

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understanding the vcs

UnderstandingThe VCS

Just a bunch of volunteers, aren’t they?

vcs a definition
VCS – A Definition
  • The VCS is diverse, active and passionate
  • It includes voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives, mutuals, and companies both large and small
  • Organisations in the sector share common characteristics:
      • Value-driven, person centred, social model
      • Accountable by governance structures – real people, real communities (usually unpaid)
      • work delivered for the public benefit, beyond the membership of individual voluntary and community organisations (VCOs)
      • Not for profit – principally reinvest any financial surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives
      • independence of both formal structures of government and the profit sector
      • They are full of expert, professional paid staff - not only volunteers
scope of the vcs
Scope of the VCS
  • Adult Education
  • Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking
  • Arts/Culture
  • Asylum Seekers & Refugees
  • Bereavement
  • Birth/Pregnancy
  • Campaigning
  • Carers
  • Children
  • Chronic Medical Condition
  • Community Care
  • Community Development
  • Community Safety
  • Counselling
  • Cultural
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • Employment Support
  • Environment
  • Faith/Religion
  • Families
  • Family Support
  • Gay/Lesbian
  • Grant Giving
  • Health
  • Health & Social Care
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • International Dev.
  • Learning Disability
  • Leisure
  • Men
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Physical Disability
  • Play
  • Public Health/Health Promotion
  • Racial Harassment
  • Relationships
  • Self Help
  • Sensory Disability
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Single Parents
  • Social Activities
  • Sport
  • Support
  • Training
  • Volunteering
  • Women
  • Youth
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Scope of the VCS
  • The ways in which the sector works, the activities it carries out and the beneficiaries it supports, are very diverse
    • building social capital
    • providing services to the public and to particular community groups
    • providing advocacy on behalf of communities and the individuals
    • contributing expertise and experience to policy formulation
size of the vcs national picture
Size of the VCS – National Picture
  • Total number of VCS groups in England 138,72

Micro charities Less than £10,000 Small charities £10,000 to £100,000

Medium charities £100,000 to £1 million

Large charities £1 million to £10 million Major charities More than £10 million

what can the vcs add
What can the VCS add
  • Value, innovation and quality in delivering public services
  • Efficient and effective services that can produce better and lasting outcomes
  • Ability to engage at a community level and understand the real needs of the community
    • building social capital, that is, building relationships and bridges within and across communities that help to bind society together
    • meeting special needs/niche interests through significant expertise and experience, especially with complex needs
    • maintaining an independent voice – structural and legal independence allows it to assume a role as a constitutional check or balance
    • full involvement of stakeholders across sector divides
    • acting with flexibility and speed – its independence allows it, within legal and constitutional boundaries, to respond to changing needs
barriers to cross sector contracts
Barriers to cross-sector Contracts
  • May be cost differences due to some of their approaches
  • If no costs are put in for involvement, the VCS will no longer be able to be engaged in multi agency meetings/forums/initiatives
  • Finance, shift to equity and loan finance – cash flow !
    • Change in VCS ethos from “caring to charging”
  • Governance, Boards/Trustees – (memorandum & arts)
  • Language differences
positives of working with the vcs
Positives of working with the VCS
  • Well governed
  • Value, innovative and experienced in delivering public sector contracts
    • Ability to engage at a community level and understand the real needs of the community
    • Trusted by their communities and potentially deliver and focus services to hard to reach areas

Cross sector working may well influence any potential commissioning ?

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Thank you

David Barsby

david.b@valonline.org.uk

0116 2575047