South Ribble VCFS Network

South Ribble VCFS Network was established in 2012 as a result of public and cross sector consultation, following the dissolution of the local Council for Voluntary Service. Since that time the Network has been supported by South Ribble Partnership who have provided both financial and in-kind support.

Following a round of network meetings and a productive inception, the Network who wished to develop itself further approached South Ribble Partnership.

As a result, the Network has now been provided with dedicated support in the form of a support officer. The role of the support officer will be to;

  • lead in developing the network’s membership and representation
  • lead in developing how the network engages across the sectors ; raising its profile and ensuring there is a collective voice
  • lead in providing the quality, assurance and structures to ensure the network is fair and equitable and representative
  • ensure there is appropriate and equitable investment in the VCF sector within the district of South Ribble
  • support the network’s steering group,
  • develop the model of the network to ensure its long term sustainability

What will the impact of the role be?

The impact of the work of the VCFS Support Officer will be to;

  • Groups will be better informed about local priorities, needs and opportunities
  • Groups will have the opportunity to work together for mutual benefit; i.e. consortia funding bids, sharing resources, learning from each other’s good practice
  • VCFS organisations feel better connected with the public and private sector – the links are made for groups to approach and work with the public and private sector
  • Small and large groups all get a voice and will be heard; ensuring that the wide and varied experience and knowledge of the sector is shared and utilised

Why be a member?

Membership doesn’t cost anything, but your time. In return, there are benefits to being a member of the network which include;

  • Have a collective voice on issues important to you
  • Learn about borough wide initiatives and events taking place
  • Network and partnership with other Voluntary and Community organisations
  • Forge links with the private sector on fundraising activities
  • Be consulted on borough plans and shape policy
  • Influence decision making
  • Obtain timely and relevant funding and commissioning opportunities
  • Signposting to infrastructure support services