Connecting and Strengthening the VCSE Sector

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The difference we make

The VCSE sector plays a vital role in supporting, improving and enhancing the lives of people in Worcestershire.

Browse this page to learn more about the ways Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations are making a difference.

2022-23 Alliance Annual Report

We are delighted to present the Worcestershire VCSE Alliance’s first annual report, which provides a glimpse into our highlights from the first year.

Alliance AR Graphic

2022-23 highlights

  • New Worcestershire VCSE Alliance established, with 25 VCSE leaders contributing to the
    development of the Alliance
  • Alliance objectives agreed and supported by a new website and communications plan
  • Funding secured for ‘Understanding and Strengthening the VCSE Sector’ – this will provide a
    comprehensive report on the size and scope of the VCSE in Worcestershire
  • New process for VCSE representatives agreed and appointments made
  • Role developed for VCSE in District Collaboratives
  • ICS Academy – establishment of VCSE Faculty to provide free learning and development resources
    for the sector
  • VCSE Mental Health Project developed, and Programme Manager appointed

Alliance-Annual-Report-22-23.pdf

Worcestershire VCSE Mental Health Provision

Worcestershire VCSE Alliance working partnership with Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC)

WAC MH report images

The aim of this report is to establish a
greater understanding of the
organisations providing support to
people living with a mental health
condition.

Alliance-Annual-Report-22-23.pdf

Worcestershire VCSE Assembly 2023

‘A reminder of the important role VCSE organisations play in supporting the local community’s health and wellbeing’

On 25th October we held the first Worcestershire VCSE Assembly welcoming 100 ​people on the day.

71% ​of the delegates represented Worcestershire VCSE organisations​, 27% ​were from statutory organisations​ and 2% were independent​. 

Since it was founded in July 2022, the Alliance has made great strides in its first phase. Participants at the Assembly were invited to share ideas and experiences to help develop an Alliance that offers support and connections to all VCSE voices. Thank you to Alliance Founder Members and other colleagues who facilitated these lively conversations.  

‘It was a really interesting and thought-provoking event as well as a chance to network with a wide variety of Worcestershire based charities and explore the future of collaborative working and better connection within the Integrated Care System. Most importantly yesterday reminded us of the important role VCSE organisations play in supporting the local community’s health and wellbeing’ – VCSE delegate 

100% of the post-event feedback respondents said they would like to attend a future event of this kind. We hope this that will be the first of many events that will connect and strengthen the sector.  

Thank you to the team at St Peters Baptist Church for hosting, Elizabeth at Dancefest and Melissa Porter Yoga for leading lunchtime wellbeing sessions, SW Healthcare for organising the Your Health van visit and to Onside MIX Bakery and Cafe for preparing lunch. 

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    Community Wellbeing Roles : Develop your skillset and help amplify community voices in health and wellbeing

    Worcestershire VCSE Alliance is coordinating the development of a community research framework and training modules for the VCSE sector in Worcestershire to support professional development, linked to the principles of Research-Ready Communities. Our aim is to expand the reach and influence of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and provide a free professional development opportunity…

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    Orange Button Community Scheme – One year on…

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire Orange Button Community Scheme launched in September 2022. The scheme has funded and delivered suicide prevention training to over 600 people across both counties, with 289 people going on to join the scheme. Louise McEvoy, Advanced Public Health Practitioner – Suicide Prevention, at Worcestershire County Council said – ‘We’re pleased and proud…

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    Warm Welcome Spaces in Worcestershire

    Do you have a community space that could be used to welcome people looking for warmth and connection? Warm Welcome Spaces open their doors to their local communities, offering everyone a free, warm, welcoming and friendly space. Poverty can compound isolation and loneliness and prevent people from connecting with others. The dark evenings and cold winter…

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