Partnership working / consortiums

Listed below are organisations who are interested in collaborative working, to deliver quality services, for the benefit of their customers and local communities.

Partnership

Social Inclusion Consortium

An exciting new voluntary sector collaboration for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Area - the Social Inclusion Consortium* - has just been launched.

 

Following last autumn's meeting of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, a working group has turned the ideas for a consortium into reality. The Social Inclusion Consortium (working title) plans to increase in membership and will be bidding for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Big Lottery's Building Better Opportunities Programme. The founding members had this to say:

         Kim Harper of Community Action said " This launch is the starting point from which to build the membership of the Social Inclusion Consortium. The issues to be addressed are complex, our geography is challenging and we need a structure that optimises opportunities for collaboration and localised delivery. We are confident we now have this structure. Plans would see different lead organisations/networks taking forward three key projects within one overall Building Better Opportunities Programme. Our member organisations, our networks and our strategic relationships are the building blocks for growing the Consortium and for high impact work to address social, economic and financial exclusion".

         Jill Pateman of Bassetlaw CVS said "We have taken the learning and developments within the Big Lottery Transforming Local Infrastructure programmes one step further. We now have the foundations across our Local Enterprise Partnership area from which to build a genuine voluntary sector led bid. We are committed to ensuring that the grass roots organisations that work with excluded groups in the D2N2 area have the opportunity to apply their local knowledge and expertise to achieve the positive outcomes that our Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for".

         Sylvia Green of Rural Action Derbyshire added "Infrastructure organisations have a leadership and development role in a defined area. We have joined together to spearhead an approach that would ensure European and Big Lottery funds benefit those furthest from the labour market and maximise investment in delivery via local voluntary organisations. We are focussed on the five priority groups that experience the greatest challenges and are working to sustain the vital role that voluntary organisations play in improving the life chances of excluded groups".

         Helen Kearsley-Cree of Nottingham CVS explained "We have been working to the D2N2 Social Inclusion Framework. This was a significant piece of work led by One East Midlands and they will continue to act as a communications, engagement and influence link with D2N2. Looking across a number of other Local Enterprise Partnership areas our approach is in sync with how collaborations are developing there too. It's good to see how voluntary sector infrastructure has really stepped up to the mark".

 

This is an inclusive network so if you are interested in getting involved email Kim Harper or call 01332 346266.

 

*This is the result of the work carried out by the four infrastructure agencies mandated at the joint (Notts/Derbys) infrastructure meeting last October. There will be a Partnership agreement for members to sign (under development) and for delivery agents there will be a due diligence process. 

   

Children and Young People Network / CYPN

The Children and Young People Network (Derby) CIC provides the opportunity for anyone involved in Children's Services in Derby, to share information with the aim of improving the lives of children, young people and families. They offer:

         Support to the membership by promoting and celebrating their work

         Bring in consultation and capacity building

         Look at how to secure funding to continue the work of our members and ourselves

         Developed a business offer and options for shared services.

Membership is made up from over 50 voluntary groups, limited companies, social enterprises and community interest companies.  Currently 70% of the work carried out members is self-funded through sources such as earned income, sponsorship and fundraising.  Members have 608 full time staff and 1156 volunteers throughout Derby city, who support children and young people from babies through to 25 year-olds.

 

Mission - Championing the voluntary and community sector in the delivery of children, young people and family services.

Aim - To develop the Community Interest Company (CIC) as an independent, thriving organisation providing two distinct service offers for members; a service offer and a business offer.

Anyone working in the Voluntary Sector with children and young people in Derby is welcome to join. For more information visit this website www.communityactionderby.org.uk/networks-and-forums/children-young-people-network-derby-cic/youth-forum  email CYPN@communityactionderby.org.uk or call 01332 227710.

 

  Youth Forum

The Youth Forum in Derby is made up of Youth Workers across many different organisations and workplaces. The aim of the forum is to bring practitioners together to share our passion; explore good practice and to champion the voice of youth work. Ultimately working to improve the lives of young people. As a Youth Forum we structure our work around three areas Passion, Practice and Voice. We meet on a regular basis and theme the meetings around important issues that affect Youth Workers and young people.

To find out more information about this or any other Youth Forum event please contact Simon Williams on s.williams@derby.ac.uk

   

The Health and Wellbeing Network

The Health and Wellbeing Network aims to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is more closely aligned with the arrangements for the planning and commissioning of services; overseen by the Derby Health and Wellbeing Board. The network meet on a regular basis, so if you would like to attend or want further information about what they do please contact Kath on 01332 346266 or email kath.cawdell@communityactionderby.org.uk Anyone working in the Voluntary Sector in the Health and Wellbeing arena in Derby is welcome to join.

 

Social Enterprise network

Community Action is delivering an initiative to promote and develop Social Enterprise in Derby City.  This will support local social entrepreneurs, charities and voluntary organisations working in the city. They want to help organisations to increase their services through independent trading and winning contracts, rather than reliance on grant funding. They aim to:

• Establish a sustainable Social Enterprise Network in the city, delivering meetings and workshops with inspirational speakers who can share their expertise and experiences

• Demystify quality standards, procurement channels and work in partnership.

• Promote and cultivate the development of social enterprise consortia in the city, enabling social enterprises to come together to bid for larger contracts, access bulk buying and aid their sustainability

• Create corporate social responsibility opportunities through matching private business to social enterprises to explore business projects

They want to work with any social enterprise, voluntary or community organisation that wants to expand their primary purpose trading, set up a trading arm, and/or establish a community interest companies etc.

Anyone interested in independent trading opportunities, development opportunities and sustainability in Derby is welcome to join. For more information visit this website www.communityactionderby.org.uk/resources-for-groups/social-enterprise email sen@communityactionderby.org.uk or call 01332 227723.

   

Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum /SDVSMHF

We are a membership organisation, established in 2001, that provides support to voluntary sector organisations working to improve the mental health of people in Derbyshire. Their key aims and activities are to:

         Enable the voluntary sector to become an equal and effective partner in the design and delivery of local services

         Support the mental health voluntary sector to share and promote good practice

         Inspire confidence in mental health provision across voluntary and statutory sectors

         Build and develop the sector to meet new challenges and opportunities

         Provide a support network for organisations and individual workers

 

The Forum was established because, whilst individual organisations were delivering effective services that were popular with the people who used them, there was no strategic direction towards investment in mental health voluntary sector service delivery. By working together through The Forum, member organisations have been able to develop a more strategic direction, and to talk to local mental health policy makers about how the voluntary sector can help them to meet national targets for providing better mental health services. This role for the voluntary sector as a key service provider in mental health is supported by Government legislation and policy. SDVSMHF is a registered charity (Registration Number 1099282) and is currently an unincorporated organisation. Anyone working in the Voluntary Sector in the Health and Wellbeing arena in Derby is welcome to join. For more information visit this website www.sdvsmhf.org.uk/index.htm

   

All these groups work in partnership with many other agencies in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors to improve the quality of life for people in Derby city.

If you want to find a partners for a new initiative contact Community Action, and/or the most appropriate group here.

If you are looking for an individual organisation to partner with take a look at the Community Directory Derbyshire www.communitydirectoryderbyshire.org.uk/    to access information for a wide variety of groups across Derby & Derbyshire.