Need to invest for change and survival – State of the Third Sector in the North East

Jane Hartley, Chief Executive, VONNE

The latest findings

The latest report from the Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study provides a digest of findings on the state of the third sector in the North East. It began as a longitudinal study in 2008 and has continued to review progress since then. Continue reading

InterAct: a VCS/ NHS partnership supporting children of parents experiencing mental illness

Mandy Bell, Development Lead, Gloucestershire Young Carers

When your steering group comprises of senior managers from the NHS and a VCS organisation alongside a parent and two unrelated teenagers, you know that you are on the right track to understanding need and how to respond to that need from pretty well all angles. Building a partnership between a small independent charity, a large bureaucratic NHS Trust and adult and young service users takes time and a great deal of determination from all involved but when it works, the combined wealth of knowledge, experience and skills can move mountains. Continue reading

Ways to Wellbeing

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus and Chair of the VCSE Review

It says a lot about people who work in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector that, when asked to decide which of the VCSE review topics they wanted to focus on at the Voluntary Sector North West session this week, delegates quickly decided they wanted to talk about ‘what our sector needs to do to change’, rather than what might need changing about other sectors. Continue reading

Feedback to Alex Fox at ACEVO’s Health & Social Care Conference, 21 October, Leeds

Mark Winter, Director of ACEVO Solutions

As part of the VCSE Review consultation process, we have arranged for people who are interested in hearing from Alex Fox, the VCSE Review Chair and CEO of Shared Lives Plus, to attend the ACEVO Autumn Health and Social Care Conference in Leeds, for free.

This short day conference on the 21 October is a perfect opportunity to consider what this parliament has in store for third sector organisations working in health and care and the conference will focus on the critical role of the third sector in helping to drive changes across the health economy. In this context, Alex Fox will be providing an update on the VCSE Review consultation and will be seeking feedback from attendees. Continue reading

Building long term and holistic outcomes into statutory systems

By Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

At Lloyds Bank Foundation, we support charities working with people facing multiple disadvantage. For these people, holistic interventions are central to long term success and we regularly see what this looks like through the charities we support. Room to Heal in London, providing holistic support to refugees and survivors of torture, is one such example whose success has been recognised through our Charity Achievement Awards this year.  As their application said: “It didn’t take us long to realise that it is futile offering counselling to someone who has no bed for the night, no lawyer to fight their case, or no money to buy food. Our therapeutic and casework teams work hand in hand to support each individual through the unique, myriad challenges they face.”  Treating people as individuals, rather than statistics means they do not easily fit into a box. Service providers need to be able to adapt to emerging needs and tailor their support for the individual. As a funder, this is something we look for in the charities we support, but in statutory systems this has proved much harder to achieve. Continue reading

What we’ve heard so far

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus and Chair of the VCSE Review

Since August we’ve been busy meeting with the VCSE sector to gauge your views on our consultation questions.  Across the country at face-to-face meetings, in online events and through our two consultations we’ve heard some really thoughtful contributions.  We want to share here some of the key messages we’ve received so far.  Remember, there’s still time to contribute views and shape the future of health and social care as the consultation closes on 6 November.  Continue reading

Harnessing the power of young people to transform health and social care services

By Fiona Ellison, Voluntary & Public Sector Campaign Manager, Step Up To Serve

 The #iwill campaign has developed recommendations for health and social care organisations that will enable more young people to support the vital services they provide.  Continue reading