Sefton CVS works closely with Sefton Council, South Sefton and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups and other statutory partners to address local priorities and facilitate VCF sector representation and participation.
Highlights of this work in 2015/16 included:
- Involvement as a key partner in work programmes including the Sefton Leadership Collaborative and Health and Wellbeing Board structures focused on adults, the Engagement and Consultation Panel, Corporate Parenting Board, Substance Misuse Partnership, Community Adolescent Service and Sexual Health Partnership
- Involvement in ongoing work streams relating to community resilience, transformation, integration and early prevention, and advocating the vital role that the sector plays in providing services and support to Sefton residents.
- Facilitating sector networks and forums as a consultation and engagement conduit, to contribute to public policy and develop and shape local services.
- Leading work with Sefton Council on the development of New Realities, a strategic framework for the future relationship between the local authority and the VCF sector
- Facilitating the New Realities in Action conference attended by 177 people which explored how the VCF sector can work with the local authority with fewer resources.
- Being a key partner in a multi-agency group planning a co-ordinated response to welfare reform through a programme of measures to mitigate the impacts of austerity, including the local foodbanks.
- Facilitating participation and engagement mechanisms including parent forums, equalities groups, the Young Advisors and the Youth Cabinet.
- Supporting the work programmes of the South Sefton, Southport and Formby Area Partnerships.
- Being a partner in the Sefton Cares marketing campaign encouraging residents and community groups to look out for their neighbours.
- Managing the CCGs’ VCF Health Fund and administering grants focused on health and wellbeing priorities.
- Supporting the Armed Forces Covenant and Sefton Veterans Project which provides one-stopshop support to current and former members of the forces and their families.
- Supporting community initiatives associated with World War One and World War Two, including the Sefton at War schools heritage project and VE Day and Armistice Day commemorations.
- Facilitating the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund totalling £180k with Liverpool CVS.