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Worcestershire Voluntary and Community Networks

Working with WeCAN and Simply Limitless

Each district has its own organisation dedicated to supporting volunteers, grassroots community action, local groups and small charities. These organisations have formed a network called WeCAN – Worcestershire Community Action Network. Often described as the VCSE’s ‘ears on the ground’ – they have unrivalled reach into communities and are uniquely placed to understand health and wellbeing issues faced in their communities.

With no current local infrastructure organisation in Wyre Forest, we are working with Simply Limitless, a wellbeing centre in this district.

What are WeCAN and Simply Limitless doing to help the Alliance achieve its mission?

  • Championing the aims of the Worcestershire VCSE Alliance
  • Organising regular information sharing networks
  • Disseminating key information to local networks
  • Collating local intelligence – service information and impact of smaller VCSE organisations
  • Playing a key role in District Collaboratives

Worcestershire Voluntary and Community Network Meetings

District/AreaName of NetworkOrganisation Lead2024 DatesFrequency of MeetingName and email of person to contact for groups/orgs wishing to join
Worcester CityVOW Volunteering WorcesterWorcester Community Action3/2/24 at 2.00pmQuarterly  Sally Ellison –
RedditchBromsgrove and Redditch Network MeetingsB.A.R.N22/2/24 at 10.00am, 3 Easemore Rd, Redditch B98 8EY Bi-monthlyGary Roskell –
BromsgroveBromsgrove and Redditch Community Network
B.A.R.N27/2 24 at 10.00am,  Bromsgrove Methodist Church Centre, 19 Stratford Rd, Bromsgrove, B60 1AS Bi-monthlyGary Roskell –
Wyre ForestWyre Forest Multi Agency GroupSimply Limitless27/2/24
QuarterlyPaul Raper –
DroitwichDroitwich CVS Networking GroupDroitwich Spa CVS5/3/24 10am-12pm
5/6/24 10am-12pm
3/9/24 10am-12pm
4/12/24 10am-12pm
QuarterlyTonia Enderbury –
PershorePershore Community ForumPershore Plus
Volunteer Centre
TBC – please contact Karon SwinburnQuarterlyKaron Swinburn
EveshamEvesham Volunteering NetworkEvesham Volunteer
Rotary Club
29/02/2024QuarterlyHelen Gray or John Darby
MalvernConnected CommunitiesCommunity Action Malvern and District/MHDCTBCQuarterlyClaire Vaughan –
Kate Walton –

Learn more about your District

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District Collaboratives

District Collaboratives are people and organisations across sectors collaborating including, but not limited to:

Primary Care Networks (groups of GP Practices), District Councils, VCSE, Education, NHS Trusts, Adult Social Care, Housing, Children’s Services, Police, Fire, to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

In each area the District Collaboratives are tailored to the needs of that community and are in varying stages of development.

The common principles of these collaboratives are –

  • Ensuring people have a greater sense of control over what they need, making decisions about their support as an equal partner
  • Early intervention and preventing the escalation of need by ensuring that the right help is available at the right time, as close to home as possible – helping people stay well for longer
  •  Organisations across sectors collaborating, on a place basis, to meet the needs of the communities they serve

Read more about how the District Collaborative model has evolved