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VSNW Bulletin #107
Chief Executive's Introduction
Warren Escadale
Dear Colleagues
Alongside the budget last week, we saw the launch of the final report of the Inclusive Growth Commission. Colleagues and sector leaders from across the North at our Northern Powerhouse VCSE Roundtable were disappointed that some of the messages from the Commission's 'deep dive work' (in communities) were not adequately reflected in the final recommendations. In my PowerPoint summary, I point to the responses from Neil McInroy (CLES) and Henry Overman (one of the Commissioners).

Perhaps we could have hoped for more, but the report outlines a positive and pragmatic platform for mainstreamed economic thinking. There are two key questions, for me, that arise: 
1. How do we support the call for repatriated EU funds to drive inclusive growth?
2. How do we better articulate (and this chimes strongly with messages from the Roundtable) our role in 'social infrastructure' and local economies?
Given these two questions, this year feels like yet another big year. It's pleasing to hear that at least two big councils in the region recognise this and are looking to not cut funding to the sector, seeing our position, value and potential, especially in the context of social care. Not exactly the good times, as I know you are only too aware, but a big positive.
Recent and forthcoming activity from us includes: 
- Contributing to the recent VCSE Review events and how it could be implemented 
- Greater Manchester VCSE Reference Group meeting, where plans were formed to launch the new VCSE MoU 
- VS6 partnership meeting (23rd March)
- Northern Powerhouse VCSE Roundtable 
- Sharing Innovation and Best Practice event (NW CVS event on 20th March)
Leading in Learning lunchtime seminar for VCSE employment and skills providers on 27th March. Further details here and to book:
- Supporting VS6's VCFSE Hustings on 6th April at Liverpool Cathedral
- Plus: nominations for the Learning Matters NW Health and Care Awards... are open until 10th April.
'Cancer Champions Movement' makes waves 

The project, which aims to build a social movement for health, will bring together 20,000 Cancer Champions in Greater Manchester, who will demonstrate a united effort to improve cancer prevention. The project is led by VSNW's Social Movement Lead, Ben Gilchrist, and is part of the GM Cancer Vanguard. 

While cancer survival rates are improving across Greater Manchester, rates are still below the national average, and many simple things could be done that would reduce rates significantly. This innovative project has received widespread attention, with Ben appearing on BBC North West Tonight (pictured above).

The search is on for Cancer Champions: if you think you could use your experience or knowledge to help others avoid getting cancer, then follow the link to the Cancer Matters Movement sign up page below. You'll also find more information including introductory videos on the page. 
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EU Funding and Brexit Briefing published
Our briefing found that a sudden exit from the EU could have highly damaging effects on Liverpool City Region, with over 13,400 of the hardest to reach people across the city region losing out on life-changing support over one programme. 

The report, which was produced in collaboration with the VS6 partnership, also found that investment in the sector in Liverpool City Region gives a return of £8 for every £1 invested.

Over the last European programme, our research shows that 27,000 people gained support from the sector, many of whom towards employment, through holistic projects such as Talent Match and Ambition. You can read the full briefing on our website, via the link below.  
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Submission to the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission makes case for inclusive governance
The University of Sheffield, WISERD, and VSNW made a joint submission to the RSA's commission, drawing on interviews with members of the GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group. The report argues that effective and inclusive partnerships such as the Reference Group, lead to good outcomes, and that 'inclusive growth', if at its best, has to develop a new relationship with communities, drawing on the potential of the VCSE sector.
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North West Health and Care Awards 2017 
VSNW and Health Education England have partnered to organise the awards for learning, that aim to 'recognise the contribution that adult learning makes to individual, community and economic wellbeing as well as the continued development of the health and care sector.' Full details, including nomination categories, can be found on our website. Nominations close on 10th April. 
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VCSE MoU agreed with GM Health and Social Care Partnership
The MoU, which recognises the importance of partnership between H&SC and the sector, was agreed at the Strategic Partnership Board in January. The MoU is worth £1.1m over five years, and is intended to underpin joint activity to support the goals of the Taking Charge H&SC strategy. 

The MoU was brokered by the GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group, which VSNW provides the secretariat for. A public signing will take place in a few weeks' time. You can read the full MoU via the link below. 
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High ambitions at Northern Powerhouse and the VCSE sector roundtable 
Sector leaders from across the North met to discuss how the sector can collaborate on a Northern basis, at a roundtable organised by VSNW. They were joined by Simon Nokes, who is managing the Northern Powerhouse Partnership think-tank. 

While very early days, there were clear common ideas and themes in the discussion: leading on promoting an inclusive economic agenda, making the sector's voice heard on Brexit and EU funding, and ensuring the sector is as well connected as possible. 

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership have recently published their first report, which (perhaps surprisingly) suggested that investment in education would be crucial for Northern economic success. There are clear areas for the sector to have significant involvement in identified in the report, including education and skills. However, a key point arising from the roundtable was that the sector needs to be driving its own agenda, not just responding to those set by others. 
Sector News
Council for Disabled Children finds disabled children deprived of their right to an education and community life
A review of the care of disabled children and young people with challenging behaviour and complex mental health needs, is calling for urgent action at a national level to prevent these children being institutionalised at an early age, at huge cost to the taxpayer and with low ambitions for improving their lives. 

You can give evidence to the review via the link below.
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NAVCA Chief Officers' Survey finds that local infrastructure is vital for government policy initiatives 
NAVCA's annual survey carried out to gauge the views of NAVCA members on current policy issues, shows that local infrastructure plays a vital role in supporting volunteering with NAVCA members helping 115,000 people find a volunteer role last year; and that 58% of infrastructure organisations are involved with social prescribing projects. However, demand continues to increase, with 70 per cent experiencing an increase in demand for local infrastructure services in 2016.
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Council for Disabled Children finds disabled children deprived of their right to an education and community life
A review of the care of disabled children and young people with challenging behaviour and complex mental health needs, is calling for urgent action at a national level to prevent these children being institutionalised at an early age, at huge cost to the taxpayer and with low ambitions for improving their lives. 

You can give evidence to the review via the link below.
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Sexual abuse workshops in Greater Manchester 
The Police and Crime Commissioner is delivering the Home Office funded programme, known ad ACCORD. This is a whole-system approach to sex offender management through measuring risk accurately, partnership working, and redesigning interventions, amongst other things. As part of the programme, workshops will be delivered across Greater Manchester. 
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Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) – free training and network membership
CORC collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. They data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide. They are currently scoping the need for free training specifically for children and young people mental health and wellbeing voluntary organisations, around evidence and demonstrating impact. If you would like to register your interest please email
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Accessible Information Standard Review – Have Your Say
The Accessible Information Standard sets out requirements for NHS and adult social care providers to identify, record, flag, share and meet the information and communication support needs of people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss. NHS England is reviewing the standard to assess impact and ensure it is ‘fit for purpose’ and is inviting views. 
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Coming up
Featured: VS6 Metro Mayor Hustings: The Vision for Liverpool City Region
The candidates: Steve Rotheram (Lab), Tony Caldeira (Con), Carl Cashman (Lib Dem), Tom Crone (Greens), Tabitha Morton (Women's Equality Party)
Thursday 6th April 2017, Liverpool Cathedral, 17.30 - 20.30  
Refreshments provided at 'Meet VS6' reception, 17.30 - 18.30 

In the run up to the Metro Mayor election on 4th May 2017, VS6, supported by VSNW, is holding a special hustings to give members of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector the chance to quiz the candidates as they lay out their visions, priorities and strategies.

Join us to debate with the candidates as we explore how they will use their influence and devolved powers to work with us to improve the lives of all our communities and build a socially prosperous Liverpool City Region.
Book your place
Leading in Learning Lunchtime Seminar
Monday 27th March 2017, The Gateway Warrington, 12.00 - 15.15

This lunchtime workshop is for Trustees and Leaders of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) training and learning providers operating in the North West of England.

The aim is to provide a legal and policy overview, at this critical time, in order to inform effective leadership and governance.

This is a partnership event between VSNW, the NW Association of Colleges, and Bates Wells & Braithwaite consultancy and legal practice.

Places are very limited and non-attendees will be charged £50 + VAT. Free to attend

Book your place
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