Over the next few years, Lancashire (14), which includes Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen will be subject to drastic changes, of which the VCFSE sector will be inevitably impacted and involved.
LOCAL is a conversation process which has been set up to develop a collective vision for the VCFSE sector in the wider area as well as specific districts. We need to be able to make the case for our communities, for our sector and for ideas that make a real difference. We need to be very clear about what is important to the 10,000 plus groups operating across the area. It is vital that we understand how we can collectively push for the kind of changes, ideas, and necessary investment to enable more effective service to our communities. This is our opportunity to develop what “building back” looks like for us.
Ten priority areas have been identified as a starting point, but they are not written in stone. What do you think? Are any of these important to your group or organisaiton? We have resisted over-defining these headers. We want the detail, specific outcomes and clear asks to arise from this conversation, from you. We also want to know: Is this something that you would like to be involved in and help make a reality?
Implement an Anti-poverty Strategy for Greater Lancashire
Levelling Up: Secure national investment to build an economic model for all of Lancashire
Environment including sustainable development; social value and use of community assets
Equality and Social Justice for All
Harness the VCFSE role in inclusive local economies
Develop the sector’s role in helping people into employment
Build a social prescribing model for Lancashire
Person and community-centred public service models
Scale up VCFSE role in Building Safer Communities
Adequately resource the VCFSE Sector
“The voice of the smaller group has as much validity and volume as that of a larger group. However, if we don’t hear from you your voice will not be heard.”
‘The VCFSE plays a crucial role in supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities. This conversation presents a real opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the VCFSE across Lancashire and how much you all contribute. I want to make sure we’re all here in the future to tackle inequalities and support people who often don’t have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Getting involved in this conversation is really important for our future so I look forward to hearing what you have to say”