The Community Voluntary and Faith Sector (VCFS) in Cheshire East is a strong and vibrant sector, however, the sector has and will continue to face significant challenges which it will need advice support and guidance on to enable it to respond and thrive.

Over the last 5 years, the sector has experienced a changing financial landscape with local and national statutory partners moving away from grant giving towards a more structured commissioning process with formalised procurement and tendering.

The demand for many VCFS services has increased and there has been a greater expectation that the sector will meet this demand while also delivering services more cost efficiently than ever before. The core functions of CVS Cheshire East are therefore needed perhaps more now than ever before to enable the sector to:

recruit and manage an effective volunteer workforce enabling them to meet the growing demand within limited resources

respond to the changing financial environment by broadening their funding base, being tender ready or developing and understanding consortium/partnerships

providing the opportunity for a strong strategic voice for the sector and its volunteers, particularly representing small VCFS organisations or those with limited capacity

using the voice to influence change and communicating this out to the wider VCFS.

CVS Cheshire East recognises that we need to be a responsive organisation that is aware of and reacts to local and national issues that arise to support their members and the wider sector. To reflect the changes that have taken place and to ensure that CVS Cheshire East has its core functions at the heart of everything that we do during 2015-2016 there will be two main areas for focus;

1. CVS Cheshire East’s membership model will be changing to enable the organisation to raise funding from the service it delivers.

2. We expect to have 250 paid VCFS members and a wider community network of over 3000 individuals and 1500 organisations that work within or are interested in the VCFS or volunteering. 


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