Partnership and Collaboration
Newark & Sherwood CVS identify and bring together relevant organisations to work collaboratively, providing us with a unique opportunity to achieve our collective aims, make best use of existing expertise and resources, and consider new opportunities for partnership working.
By working together we can have a measurable impact on individuals and communities; we can increase organisational resilience by joining up services and resources, and learn from each other.
Mid Nott’s CVS Partnership
In early 2019, Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA), Mansfield CVS (MCVS), & Newark & Sherwood CVS (NSCVS) came together to begin a dialogue around working better together.
The mid Nott’s CVSs are the point of contact for our local voluntary sector; “Working with the Community for the Community”. As CVSs we are well connected with our communities and have chosen to work together because our vision, mission, values and strategic goals complement each other. As Leaders we have different skill sets –filling in gaps, rather than simply adding bandwidth.
We recognised we had many cross-cutting themes in our areas and that working together we could form a strong, robust voluntary sector partnership for the whole of Mid Nottinghamshire. We have gained the support of our local District Councils and CCG, and currently work with the CCG to deliver a Community Development Programme – as part of the local Social Prescribing offer. We are now seen as an integral part of the Social Prescribing agenda.
VCS Emergencies Partnership
What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?
The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (Emergencies Partnership) recognises the crucial role that the voluntary sector plays, both nationally and locally, to support those in need. We also see the increasing demands made on the sector and are here as a safety net:
✓ To boost and enhance support from national to VCS organisations, and to help raise the profile of grassroots organisations
✓ To further strengthen coordination of national and local response efforts during emergencies
✓ To provide a single access point between government and the voluntary and community sector.
What does the Emergencies Partnership do?
The Emergencies Partnership has four strands of work:
1. A national platform to gather intelligence on unmet need at national, regional and local levels
2. A request for support service for when the demand for support outstrips the supply available to meet it
3. Five regional multi-agency cells, with representatives from national and local voluntary organisations across England – to facilitate a more collaborative and coordinated response across the voluntary and community sector
4. One national volunteering cell which has national overview and provides a single point of contact for requests for large-scale volunteer support. Each regional multi-agency cell is built on a network of ‘Liaison Leads’ drawn from local infrastructure. Your local infrastructure organisation can connect to the Liaison Leads, who can then draw on the Emergencies Partnership network and resources to support need in the local area. As leaders of local charities and infrastructure organisations, the understanding they have of local needs and capacity is a key factor in the Emergencies Partnership being able to operate effectively.
For more information about our partnership working contact: MadeleineOSullivan@nandscvs.org