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.
Key features of this work in 2016/17 included:
- Participation in ongoing work streams relating to community resilience, public sector transformation and integration, early prevention, and advocating the vital role that the sector plays in providing services and support to Sefton residents.
- Involvement as a key partner in work programmes including the Sefton Leadership Collaborative, the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Adults Forum, the Consultation and Engagement Panel, Corporate Parenting Board, Community Adolescent Service and Sexual Health Partnership.
- Producing consultation and engagement reports that fed into the production of Sefton Council’s 2030 Vision strategic document.
- 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. This received national recognition during the year in the integrated working category of the Health Education England Awards 2016.
- Being a key partner in a multi-agency group planning a co-ordinated response to welfare reform and anti-poverty through a programme of measures to mitigate the impacts of austerity.
- Facilitating participation and engagement mechanisms including the equalities groups, the Young Advisors and the Youth Cabinet.
- Supporting activities relating to Sefton’s Year of the Coast celebrations.
- Providing ongoing strategic support to the Youth Offending Services.
- Supporting the work programmes of the Formby Area Partnership.
- Providing ongoing intelligence and policy support to the Well North and Well Sefton initiatives, and to the Virtual Wards.
- Managing the CCGs’ VCF Health Fund focused on local health and wellbeing priorities, and producing a final impact report.
- Supporting the Sefton Armed Forces Covenant, and helping Veterans in Sefton to become an independent charity offering one-stop-shop support to current and
former members of the forces and their families.
- Providing good practice guidance to Sefton Council and the CCGs on the role of the VCF sector in early intervention and prevention services mitigating funding reductions, and their impact on frontline service provision.
- Facilitating the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund totalling £132k with Liverpool CVS.
- Developing and facilitating sector consortia including area based initiatives and consortia addressing adult mental health and children’s and young people’s
- Developing and launching Living Well Sefton, a VCF sector collaborative focused on the delivery of an integrated wellness service.
- Organising a very well attended annual conference in partnership with Public Health focused on health inequalities, and the VCF sector’s contribution to narrowing the gaps that exist.
- Facilitating sector involvement in the City Region in the Building Better Opportunities Fund which involves the Big Lottery in matching investment from the European Social Fund on projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. CVS submitted a collaborative proposal with VOLA to develop a digital inclusion programme (Include-IT Mersey) with housing associations, local authorities and VCF sector organisations.
- Providing the secretariat to – and being a member of – the Greater Merseyside V6 which is a focal point for VCF and social enterprise infrastructure/support providers to debate, influence and shape policy at Liverpool City Region level.