About us

Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum is the voice of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our aim is to work with others to create a thriving and effective voluntary sector.

Membership is free and is open any VCSE organisation based in or working in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Members give us our mandate by shaping the direction of the charity at our AGM and by electing our trustees.

Fill out this short form to become a member.

What we do

Partnership working: VSF links with the business and public sectors to ensure the VCSE sector has a voice. We work closely with commissioners in the Council and the NHS to make sure the services they commission are meeting people’s needs. VSF is also a member of the Cornwall Executive Group, made up of the chief executives of key public sector organisations.

Cornwall Compact: This is an agreement setting out how the public and voluntary sectors should work together. It can help improve your relationship with the public sector and provide a mediation procedure in the event of disputes.

Communication: We send a daily e-newsletter to members with relevant information and updates for VCSE organisations of every size and interest. We also share news from our members through this vital resource.

Events: We organise events and conferences to keep people up to speed on the latest developments they need to know. These include workshops, training and networking opportunities.

Knowledge Bank: We maintain a catalogue of resources to help your organisation, with information and advice on local and national topics.

Member services: We can support you with specialist recruitment advertising, business and governance reviews, communication and marketing services and more at low cost.

Lobbying: Through our new quarterly survey, events and forums, we are able to pick up on the issues affecting the VCSE sector in Cornwall right now. We raise these with local councillors, MPs and the media to highlight the difference you make every day and the challenges you face.

Background

Cornwall VSF was formed in 1992 when a small group of people came together to discuss issues for the sector in Cornwall. Since then our membership has steadily grown and we now have members from the VCSE across Cornwall. Our members provide a vast range of services, including commissioned public services, for the communities of Cornwall.

We are a member of the National Association of Voluntary & Community Action (NAVCA) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).