VCAS undertakes an active role in partnership and policy work locally, regionally and nationally, all in the spirit of Compact to improve the quality of life for Sunderland’s communities. We also support the third sector to be involved in policy and partnerships and have a greater voice and influence in the city.
VCAS's Chief Officer, Gillian McDonough, is a voluntary and community sector representative on the Sunderland Partnership Improvement and Innovation Group (SIIG) for the city. Ensuring that the sector is involved and engaged in strategic policy.
VCAS lead on a number of Networks, Consortiums and Partnerships in order to bring the third sector together for the benefit and advancement of the people of Sunderland, these include;
- Spectrum Sunderland - The third sector consortium - Spectrum Sunderland is a consortium for the voluntary sector in the city established in 2014, its goal is to safeguard and grow high quality voluntary sector service provision across Sunderland, through working with commissioners to co-design services, creating a single point of contracting, and by tendering competitively for public service contracts.
- HealthNet - HealthNet is a network and collective voice of the voluntary and community sector, in representing the people of Sunderland to debate, influence and shape local health, wellbeing and services in order to achieve better outcomes.
Its aim is to:
- Raise awareness of issues relating to Health and Social Care across Sunderland
- Provide a platform for Health and Social Care related networking
- Provide opportunities to take part in discussions relating to Health and Social Care
- Offer a two-way flow of information between the Voluntary and Community Sector and Statutory organisations
- Share information on an organisational perspective, Networking, Newsletter, Facebook
- Volunteer Support Network - A peer support network for likeminded volunteers to discuss the role of volunteering, gain insight into other volunteering roles, receive personal support, develop their volunteer pathway and further their own training needs.