You can now follow the latest developments in NVSC’s new approach to cooperation and collaboration on FaceBook.
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In response to requests made during the three ‘One Newham Many Voices’ meetings held between January and March, NVSC is launching a new portal to facilitate online discussion between voluntary, community and faith sector organisations in Newham.
‘NVSC Forums’ is an essential part of our exploration of whether local groups are interested in participating in networks that are specific to their area of work, what new networks they want to see developed and how they should meet and communicate.
To sign up, visit www.nvsc.org.uk/forums
You need to provide an online username, a password and an e-mail address to register.
As part of our new direction from April 2013, NVSC has launched a survey that has been designed to find out more about
- how voluntary, community and faith groups in Newham cooperate with each other
- whether it is possible to develop new collaborative networks of local groups
- what obstacles stand in the way of effective partnerships and
- how you think a successful collaboration might work.
From April 2013, Newham Voluntary Sector Consortium (NVSC) is changing.
Like so many other organisations supporting local people in Newham, NVSC has been hit hard by the rapid decrease in charitable funding. Unlike other comparable umbrella bodies in London, we also receive no financial support from the local council. The result is that we are no longer able to provide the kind of practical assistance to the borough’s voluntary, community and faith sectors that we have offered in the past.
However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t still an urgent necessity for Newham’s voluntary, community and faith groups to articulate the needs of the people we work with. A not-for-profit sector that is able to share its valuable knowledge and skills is vital to better, more informed local decision-making. There is a huge amount of expertise amongst local groups, many of whom are rooted within local communities that are least likely to engage with mainstream services and who are therefore most likely to find their experiences are overlooked.