The strengths and drawbacks of grant funding – creating a sustainable funding mix

By Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

It was always inevitable that the grants vs. contracts debate would rear its head in any review about statutory funding to the sector – as the Financial Sustainability Review highlighted, grants from government are at an all time low which inevitably prompts questions about what this means for charities on the ground. But it shouldn’t be a debate about one versus the other – sustainable funding needs a mix of funding sources and for us, we really worry things have gone too far one way. Continue reading

From promise to practice: strengthening partnerships with the VCSE sector

David Bull, NPC

If resources and demand are ever going to be brought into harmony, healthcare systems need to move away from the factory model of care and repair. This is the welcome dialogue that has prevailed in the context of creaking budgets, rising demand and increasingly complex needs.

So far this has resulted in some much-needed reflection and inspection of the role voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations should play in these systems—not least in the context of this review. But despite great leaps in progress, there is still more to do if we want to make the most of the opportunities that these conversations present. Continue reading

Strategic Partners – future possibilities…

Bev Taylor, Volunteering Development Manager, Public Participation Team, NHS England

I can’t help thinking that it would be great to develop the Strategic Partner Programme in new ways and harness the considerable resources of strategic partners to directly support the VCSE sector with the considerable challenges that the health and care system presents.

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Building Health Partnerships

Institute for Voluntary Action Research and Social Enterprise UK (originally posted March 2015)

The Building Health Partnerships Programme (BHP) works to improve local health and wellbeing outcomes, through supporting the development of effective and productive partnerships between Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. Continue reading

Maximising capacity and demonstrating impact – discussion event

Helen Allen, Community Catalysts (originally posted February 2015)

Community Catalysts has been asked to take a lead on the part of the review that focuses on the contribution that the VCSE sector makes to health and wellbeing in the UK. The following report summarises the findings from a focus group meeting held on 18th February 2015 in partnership with the Barking and Dagenham CVS. Continue reading