A statement of intent has been agreed by the VCS Assembly and Northumberland County Council.  
 
The function of the VCS Cabinet Advisory Group (formerly the Northumberland County Council and Voluntary and Community Sector (NCC / VCS) Liaison Group) is to identify mutual opportunities and common concerns to ensure effective collaboration and support to the voluntary and community sector.  Shared principles of integrity, sensitivity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership will guide the activities of this group.
 

Actions identified by the Advisory Group will be taken forward by a cross-authority officer working group.

 

The aim of the VCS Cabinet Advisory Group

To work in partnership for the benefit and support of local communities in Northumberland by:

  • Providing a single point of contact for engagement between Northumberland County Council and Northumberland VCS on strategic issues.
  • Providing effective two way communication between elected members and the Northumberland VCS Assembly
  • Facilitating opportunities for gaining sector perspectives that will influence future strategy
  • Identifying mutual opportunities and sharing common concerns
  • Discussing and, wherever possible, supporting the implementation of work to maximise opportunities and address issues


The activities of the group to achieve the aim include:

  • Raising awareness of the Northumberland VCS Assembly as a collective voice for the voluntary and community sector amongst elected members, officers  and voluntary and community sector organisations and the role of  Northumberland VCS Assembly  in communicating and engaging with Northumberland County Council.
  • Promoting what the voluntary and community sector and Northumberland County Council are doing and highlighting good practice.
  • Discussing the challenges and issues faced by the voluntary and community sector and Northumberland County Council.
  • Identifying how services can complement each other and provide added value.
  • Considering the impact of funding decisions and procurement processes on the voluntary and community sector.
  • Providing advice and support on issues relevant to the voluntary and community sector and Northumberland County Council.
  • Developing shared priorities and jointly agreeing actions.

 

As a result Northumberland County Council undertakes to:

  • Consult with and involve the sector in the development of policies, programmes and procedures likely to affect the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.
  • Support the development and continuity of a vibrant voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.
  • Develop and achieve effective working relationships with the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.
  • Share information regarding the sector with colleagues and wider public services e.g. NHS, Police

 

The Voluntary & Community Sector undertakes to:

  • Develop structures to maintain high standards of good practice
  • Contribute to influencing and shaping the development of policies, programmes and procedures, raising awareness and educating about the voluntary and community sector.
  • Promote good practice in developing effective working relationships within the voluntary and community sector through Northumberland VCS Assembly

 

Notes from Meetings