Have your voice heard on national and local consultations
CVS Current Consultations and Events
COVID Sector Trends Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MCF2WFM
Elsewhere in the country it has been reported that there will be many voluntary groups running out of money quite soon. We have seen the press coverage generated by the results in Suffolk and it is quite alarming. For some this may be this year. It would be very helpful to know the position in Cheshire. Our colleagues at Voluntary Sector North West have compiled a survey and would appreciate it if you could spend 10 minutes completing it. They will then collate the responses and produce a report for the LEP to help gain support for the Voluntary Sector both regionally and nationally. It is hoped to produce a report over next weekend and your response is important.
We would like to hear the Voice of the Volunteer!
Do you have a volunteering story to tell? How did you become involved in volunteering, what have been the benefits to you and did you experience any barriers that got in the way? Let us know at email@example.com or complete our Volunteer survey at:
External Consultations and Events
The following consultations are on the Cheshire East Council website. More information on each consultation is available on their site through the link above.
Corporate Plan Engagement
Cheshire East Council has drafted a new draft Corporate Plan for 2020 to 2024. The purpose of this plan is to set out council priorities for the next 4 years.
We would like to know what you think of this plan, and how you think it might be improved.
Engagement closes on Friday 27 November
#CharitySoWhite: a survey for the sector
The deadline for completing the survey(s) is 26 October.
#CharitySoWhite - a campaign that grew out of people sharing their experiences of institutional racism in the voluntary sector - has launched two surveys in an attempt to overhaul their approach to tackling racism in the sector.
The aim is to build a better understanding of the sector as a whole, and those working towards creating a more equal and anti-racist sector.
The two surveys can be viewed here. One is a survey for people who experience racism (BAME) and the other is for those who identify as white allies.
The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services
Deadline for submitting evidence: 20 December 2020
The Department for Education has an opening call for evidence relating to the impact the pandemic has had on education and children's services as a whole. This may relate to the effect of cancelling exams and the fairness of the grades awarded; on disadvantaged groups such as those eligible for free school meals and the long-term impact on the most vulnerable groups; or the support for pupils and families during closures.
Serious Violence Reduction Orders
Deadline for submitting evidence: 8 November 2020
The Home Office is looking to to introduce Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) to "protect the public and end the scourge of serious violence".
The Home Office says that SVROs would empower the police to stop and challenge those who are known to carry knives. They will help to keep communities safer by giving officers a tool to help tackle the most dangerous offenders. The Government hopes that they will also help the police more effectively target their approach.
They are consulting on the design of SVROs and welcome views on how they can ensure these tools are used appropriately. Anyone with an interest in this issue is invited to contribute, including those involved in law enforcement, victims of knife crime and their families.
Deadline for submitting evidence: 6 November 2020
The Education Committee has published an inquiry that aims to understand the extent to which current arrangements provide sufficient support for home educated children to access efficient, full-time and suitable education, and establish what further measures may be necessary in order to facilitate this.
It will also explore the impact of COVID-19 on home education, and any particular needs arising from the pandemic that need to be addressed.
Tree planting and woodlands
Deadline for submitting evidence: 19 November 2020
The Government has promised a massive acceleration in the rate of tree planting to help offset greenhouse gas emissions. But questions have been raised about whether the targets are the right ones, whether the right types of trees will be planted in the right places, and whether enough is being done to protect existing woodlands.
The inquiry will examine these questions and what lessons can be learnt from the failure to meet previous tree planting ambitions in England. It will also consider how to balance the drive to plant more trees with the many other benefits for health, nature, and the economy derived from woods and forests.
In Cheshire East each statutory body e.g. Council, Fire or health have meetings where they disucss and make decisions, many of these are held in public and you are able to submit a question and have your voice heard. Below is a list of the main organisations and links to the website pages where they advertise their meetings.
CVS can support you to attend these meetings and raise questions. If you aren't sure which organisation you need to contact please get in touch and share your issue with us, we are here to help
- Cheshire East Council - this link will take you to the calendar of council meetings. Meetings you might be interested in attending are Cabinet Meetings, Full Council Meetings, the Health and Wellbeing Board meetings, Health and Adult Social Care and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
- South Cheshire CCG - Dates of Governing Body meetings
- Eastern Cheshire CCG - Dates of Governing Body meetings
- Cheshire Fire Authority - The Fire Authority is the publicly accountable body which manages the fire and rescue service on behalf of the communities of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. - Dates of meetings
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