Following work that CVS undertook in early 2018 to raise the profile of the effect of the budget cuts on the Early Help Services delivered by the VCFS.  The Chief Executives Network met and discussed how they felt the Council percieved them and there was a desire to work more closely with the Council and raise the profile of the VCFS and in particualr how we could, if given time and support, help the council meet some of its challenges around reduced funding and increasing demand for services. 


Update: 10/09/18

CVS has been supporting Cheshire East Council with training and information for the Councillors that will be on the panels reviewing the bids to the fund. 


Some additional information we have is that:

  1. Each of the 7 areas will set their funding priorities in October
  2. The fund is expected to open in November 
  3. The fund is expected to close at the end of December
  4. The areas will meet in January to make awards


Updated 02/10/18

Cheshire East Council have announced that the Framework will open again for organisations to apply from 9th October to 9th November.  CVS will be putting in support days to help organisations that wish to bid through the framework.  Dates will be released shortly. 


The next two contracts being released through the Framework are:

Update 04/09/18

We met with Cheshire East Council, Chester Voluntary Action and Warrington Voluntary Action to review what kind of process we can build into the ESF bid to enable local VCFS organisations to access ESF funding and deliver services.  As a group we have shared different potential ways to commission the sector and will be working together to make sure there is a process that will be accessible to small organisations. 


The bid being developed will apply for funding under  the ESF priorities for;

Community JSNA – Louise Daniels

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment……It may not sound exciting…but it brings about change!!

I am part of a small team at CVS (Louise Daniels and Suzanne Thomas) that tries to find answers to commissioners’ questions about the health and wellbeing needs of the communities in Cheshire East.