2021 will have a lasting impact on our communities and on our voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector.
There will be important changes over the next few years that will affect all of Lancashire (including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen). For ease of reference we will refer to this as Lancashire 14. EU funding and investment is ending, Councils will face budgetary pressures like never before, and the NHS is reconfiguring. And, last but not least, you will know all too well the challenges we face as a sector, with demand increasing and available income and investment decreasing .
We need to be able to make the case for our communities, for our sector and for ideas that make a real difference. As a representative group of VCSE Leaders, we have come together to start a conversation with you, our colleagues in the sector. We need to be very clear about what is important to the 10,000 plus groups operating in every part of Lancashire (14) and understand how we can collectively push for the kind of changes, ideas and necessary investment.
There is an opportunity, at this point in time, for our sector to act collectively, and to begin to describe what “building back” could look like and take a lead role.
This website has been set up in order to support a conversation to develop a vision and agree how we collectively promote that vision. We have identified ten priority areas as a starting point – they are not written in stone and deliberately lack detail:
We want to know what you think. One area may be more important to you and your group. 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?
On this website you will find events and comms toolkits to help you engage with and faciliate conversation exploring this collective vision. We have also set up a comment forum where you have the chance to directly comment on and discuss with others these priority areas.
We are working on a ten-week, three phase schedule:
Organisations hold events addressing headlines
Input on our online forum
Input on Twitter polls
Summaries from events, online forum & twitter compiled (by VSNW) and distributed amongst GL VCFSE sector for amendments.
Findings finalised and distributed
Opportunity to sign up
Next steps looking forward
If you have any futher questions please get in contact: