The Process

CVS is able to raise the views of VCFS organisations either Strategically e.g. if the issue raised affects lots of organisations, or Individually e.g. if the issue just affects one organisation or is between two organisations.


How we deal with an issue raised with us is the same whether it's strategic or individual

  • An issue is shared by a VCFS organisation with us, 
  • Further evidence is then gathered by CVS Team members from a variety of sources,  
  • An answer to the issue is then sought, this could be through working with a statutory organisation, or providing a mediation or advocacy service
  • If the issue is strategic we then share the results or changes through our e-bulletin, if it's individual we will communicate just with the relevant organisations

Sharing strategic issues through The Voice is free and is open to all Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector organisations that operate in Cheshire East.

Support with individual issues is currently only open to members. Find out more about becoming a member.


Alongside addressing issues raised with us CVS has a role to be aware of local and national issues and consult with the sector to understand their view and opinions on topics. 

To do this the CVS Team will

  • Research issues important to the Sector
  • Gather evidence to support emerging issues
  • Promote The Voice
  • Share information and consult with the VCFS
  • Administer a range of communication tools


Where we represent your voice

CVS attends a number of meetings where we represent the voice of the voluntary sector.  If you wish to raise any issues through these meetings please contact the relevant staff member.

All of the following meetings are attended by Caroline Whitney, Chief Executive who can be contacted on or 07792 754904


Cheshire and Warrington Infrastructure PartnershipThis partnership works across the region to coordinate support for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, share best-practice and resources, and assist with the continuing efforts to tackle Covid-19 and help our communities and charitable organisations recover.

Cheshire and Merseyside VCFS Leaders Goup - This group supports sector engagement across the Cheshire and Merseyside footprint. Working alongside Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, the group is made up of representatives from across the 9 Place based areas in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Warrington, and includes VCFSE providers, local VCFSE infrastructure organisations, and VCFSE networks of identity and experience (including older people, young people, and carers).


Across Cheshire East

Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board - this is the board that provides vision and a coordinated drive to address the health and wellbeing needs of the local population in Cheshire East, to reduce unacceptable and avoidable variations in health and healthcare.  There is representation on there from Cheshire East Council, Eastern Cheshire CCG, South Cheshire CCG, NHS Hospital Trusts, Healthwatch Cheshire East, NHS England, Cheshire Fire and Rescue and Cheshire Police.

Cheshire East Leaders Board - this board brings together key decision makers who can reshape services to make a difference. The board involves strategic representation from the public sector, health, the private sector and education including the colleges. 

Safer Cheshire East Partnership Board - brings partners together to provide strategic leadership to reduce crime, protect our communities from crime and help people to feel safer. 

Multi Agency Planning Group - Refugees and Asylum Seekers - The purpose of the Multi Agency Group is to plan collectively for the local delivery of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement, and unaccompanied Children.  It also aims to have an awareness of the Asylum seeker dispersal scheme as well.

Healthwatch Cheshire East - CVS is a director of Healthwatch Cheshire which delivers the service in Cheshire East. Healthwatch provides a voice for the residents of Cheshire East to help shape local health and social care services.  Their job is to listen to and interpret the opinions of local people, then use this information to influence the delivery and design local services. 


At a local Level

CVS team members attend the 14 Neighbourhood Partnership meetings which cover 8 areas within Cheshire East.  The purpose of these are to understand local priorities based on local intelligence and to address them through working in partnership together. 

Issues we are currently working on and how we are supporting our members

How to join in and have your say

Sign up to receive our e-bulletin to keep up to date with all the Voice activities