Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum has been working hard throughout the lockdown to support and equip the sector, and we are now pivoting our focus to look to the future. Our vision is a strong, resilient sector, which works together to help itself and each other, and we are working hard to achieve this.
We have been pioneering new approaches to collaboration, as an umbrella organisation for the VCSE sector in Cornwall, helping to mobilise efforts, facilitate collaboration, and coordinate the VCSE contribution to the Covid-19 emergency and recovery response. The VCSE has really welcomed this way of collaborative working through forging VCSE alliances, because organisations have been more able to help one another, and work more effectively with our public and private sector partners to meet the needs of the residents of Cornwall.
You can read about the initial support structures that we set up here.
(formerly VERA – Voluntary and community sector Emergency Response Alliance)
The Strategic Alliance is made up of CEOs representing the VCSE sector across Cornwall, covering every business system (eg older people, housing, disabilities, etc). These are individuals who have considerable strategic influence, and access to a bigger network to draw intelligence and resources from, during the COVID-19 emergency.
For the list of of members of the Strategic Alliance, please see this page.
We are building a network of Thematic Alliances, covering the business systems operating within the sector. Each will be chaired by the CEO of the relevant organisations, who sits on the Strategic Alliance.
So far we have :
- Infrastructure Alliance, chaired by Cornwall VSF, comprising VSF, CRCC and Volunteer Cornwall
- Disability Alliance, chaired by Jane Johnson of disAbility Cornwall, including organisations working with people with disabilities of all kinds
- Mental Health Alliance, chaired by Louise Knox of Pentreath, bringing together organisations from across the sector who have dealings with mental health issues
- Carers Alliance, chaired by Katherine Nissen of CRCC, joining the organisations working with unpaid, family carers, both adults and children.
More Thematic Alliances are being created, with the aim of having approximately 17, covering the whole sector.
We are building Local Alliances from the original Community Response Hubs in the 19 Community Network Areas. We hope to have the first wave of these operational in September. For details of the Community Response Hubs as they stand at the moment, see this page.
How can you get involved?
We believe we are stronger by working more collaboratively together. Organisations can belong to more than one alliance (local or thematic), and any VCSE organisation interested in being part of this new Alliance Network is invited to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and discuss which alliance they want to be part of.
We do require any Alliance members to both sign the Agreement and become a Member of Cornwall VSF (which is free), so we can better coordinate the alliances and provide our Members-only resources on the VSF website and other shared areas. Organisations are invited also to join here on our website.
We will keep you updated with the plans as these Alliances progress, and ensure that you have access to speak to the relevant one(s) for your area of operations (both geographical and thematic).
View and sign up to the Alliance Agreement
Here are the two versions of the Alliance Agreement – they are the original version, and the Plain English version.
If you are interested, please download these, and discuss them with your Board. Completed, signed versions can be returned to email@example.com and processed.