New partnership to boost Norfolk's voluntary sector

03 January 2018

A new partnership has launched to support Norfolk based voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.

Norfolk County Council, Community Action Norfolk, Voluntary Norfolk and Momentum have teamed up to create ‘Working Together’, bringing together a wealth of skills and experience in the voluntary sector.

By working in partnership, the group will introduce a variety of improvements including one-stop registration to newsletters, a joint training programme that will include governance, volunteering and fundraising skills and coordinated campaigns to generate volunteers and local participants.  It will also provide activities to help strengthen the working relationships between Norfolk County Council and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations for the benefit of Norfolk residents.

James Bullion, Executive Director of Adult Social Services at Norfolk County Council, said:  “This partnership will not only improve the support available for voluntary organisations in Norfolk but make it even easier for local people to volunteer for causes they feel passionate about.  We expect that the many organisations who use these services will also find them easier to access, more efficient and therefore able to provide a better service as a result.”

Jon Clemo, Chief Executive of Community Action Norfolk said:  “We need to ensure VCSE organisations have the best support available to them in terms of practical help and also in championing the issues they are passionate about.  Working together provides us an opportunity to deliver that support in a more joined up way, building on the strengths of each partner organisations.”

Alan Hopley CEO Voluntary Norfolk, said:  “Working together has to be a good thing and I am delighted that we have been able to create this partnership.  As we respond to the many challenges facing the sector working together will enable us to take a more strategic approach, offering a more responsive and integrated service, and better enabling us to respond to the needs of the communities we support”.

Cindee Crehan, Chief Executive of Momentum said:  “I would hope that this is another step toward more collaborative ways of working, as this can only benefit our members and other VCSE sector organisations.  As infrastructure organisations we are subject to the same pressures of diminishing resources as those organisations we work to support and should therefore be taking the lead in seeking opportunities to work in partnership.  This project with Norfolk County Council will help us to establish an environment and framework to achieve this.”

The announcement follows a consultation earlier in the year with the wider voluntary and community sector which took place to discover the challenges facing and the support they need to continue to meet the needs of Norfolk’s residents.

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