How to: Understand Sub-Regional Infrastructure Support Services

Change Up’s aim is that by 2014, the needs of frontline voluntary and community organisations in England will be met by support which is:

  • Available nationwide
  • Structured for maximum efficiency
  • Offering excellent provision
  • Accessible to all
  • Truly reflecting and promoting diversity
  • Sustainably funded

Investment is made at national, regional, sub-regional and local levels, with the bulk of investment (65%) going through the regions to support sub-regional and local initiatives benefiting organisations on the ground. Across the North West there are five Change Up Consortia.


GREATER MANCHESTER VOLUNTARY SECTOR SUPPORT

Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support, led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO).

Their priorities include:

  • A: Improving access to infrastructure organisations for disabled people, lesbians & gay men, refugees and BME-led groups
  • B: Improving information sharing among consortium members, and
  • C: Developing a trading system for infrastructure organisations.

For more details visit: www.gmvss.net email chris.heard@gmcvo.org.uk, or telephone 0161 277 1030.


LANCASHIRE VOLUNTARY, COMMUNITY, FAITH SECTOR CONSORTIUM

Lancashire Voluntary, Community, Faith Sector Consortium, led by Community Futures. They are in the process of developing a Lancashire Action Plan.

For more details visit: www.vcfs.org.uk email denisep@communityfutures.org.uk, or telephone 01772 900 251.


CHANGE UP CUMBRIA

Change Up in Cumbria, led by Cumbria Association of Councils for Voluntary Service. They are currently developing a wider voluntary and community sector forum to take the programme forward.

For more details visit www.cacvs.org.uk, email karen@edencvs.co.uk, or telephone 01768 242 138.


CHESHIRE & WARRINGTON VOLUNTARY & COMMUNITY SECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM

Cheshire & Warrington Voluntary & Community Sector Infrastructure Consortium, led by Cheshire Community Council.

Their aims include:

  • A: Improving quality of & access to infrastructure organisations
  • B: Reconfiguring infrastructure organisations where necessary
  • C: Integrating community development, urban & rural social exclusion activity within infrastructure organisations
  • D: More effective marketing, relations and communications within infrastructure organisations and beyond,
  • E: A more sustainable funding base from which to develop infrastructure.

For more details visit: www.cheshireaction.org.uk/cusite/contactss.htm email chris.barrowcliff@cheshireaction.org.uk, or telephone 01244 354 114.


CHANGE UP MERSEYSIDE

Change Up Merseyside, led by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service. They aim to catalyse improvement in the service of infrastructure bodies such as the CVS and Volunteer Centres and get the best out of it for voluntary and community groups, large and small across the whole of Greater Merseyside.

For more details visit www.changeupmerseyside.org.uk, email martin@changeupmerseyside.org.uk, or telephone 0151 920 0726.


How to: Understand Sub-Regional Infrastructure Support Services
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