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Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly


A new VCS Assembly for Bristol To ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS) has strong voice and influence. ď Ź Clear and structured ways for consultation and representing VCS views. ď Ź


The Assembly at a glance  

Assembly open to all VCS in Bristol Support more joined-up ‘voice and influence’ for VCS organisations working across different service areas and neighbourhoods. Three Assembly networks to bring people together so that they can influence the changing agenda in health and social care, children and young people’s services and communities and neighbourhoods. Support to ensure that equalities groups are involved in the Assembly and each Assembly network.


What has happened so far? Open invite to join VCS Assembly steering group.  Steering group has met twice.  Researched other VCS ‘voice and influence’ structures.  Begun to draft VCS Assembly proposals.  Interim network meetings. 


VCS Assembly steering group, who has been involved? ď Ź

Space Trust, the Carers Centre, Advice Network, Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, Bread Youth Project, Shelter (Bristol), Bristol Older Peoples Forum, Churches Council for Industry and Social Responsibility, Silai for Skills, Bristol and Midland Housing Association, Young Bristol, WECIL, Addiction Recovery Agency, 1625 Independent People.


Steering group has met twice. It has looked at: What the VCS Assembly should and could do.  Who should be involved, how they would be decided?  How representation of the VCS should be agreed. The steering group is helping to inform the VCS Assembly proposal, but will not take final decision. 


Next steps  

Finalising the draft VCS Assembly proposal during June. One more steering group meeting towards the end of June (Still an opportunity to be part of this). Wider consultation with VCS on Assembly proposal between end June – end of September. Launch Assembly event in October where VCS will be asked to agree Assembly proposal. 7

Find out more?  Subscribe to fortnightly e-bulletin: email  Contact Matthew Symonds   0117 909 9949 



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