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Partnership Working / Consortiums

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

Social Inclusion Consortium

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

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.

Derby City Children and Young People's Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Network

The Derby City Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Network was re-launched in October 2019. The first issue of the quarterly newsletter went out at the end of November - if you missed it click here for news and information.

The Network is for organisations that work with children and young people in Derby city. The forums are organised and run by Community Action Derby supported by Derby & Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (DDCCG). 

If you would like any more information or would like to be added to the distribution list for network updates email Liz Gumbley.

Self-Help Forum

This forum is for voluntary organisations to meet together, network, share experiences and issues they may have, and work closer together in partnership. 

The forum is a great opportunity for groups to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do in the local community.

Health speakers are invited along to each forum.

They are organised four times a year - March, June, September and December at different venues around Derby.

For more information email Liz Gumbley or call 01332 227738.

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

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

Anyone working in the Voluntary Sector in the Health and Wellbeing arena in Derby is welcome to join.

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

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 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 to access information for a wide variety of groups across Derby & Derbyshire.