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The Partnerships Team will aim to keep CAS at the forefront of Community and Voluntary Action across the UK and to bring innovation right into the heart of Suffolk.  

We will continually scan and research innovative and successful approaches to providing quality partnership working to develop local relationships with statutory, business and VCFSE sectors to position CAS as an organisation ready and able to support VCFSE organisations.  

The Partnerships Team at CAS helps to deliver the CAS operational plan. This role includes ensuring that the VCFSE sector is supported to have an independent voice. The team aims to help to build, develop and strengthen a range of strategic networks and relationships with organisations such as key VCFSE partner organisations, representative bodies, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Health and Wellbeing Board and other key groups such as the Collaborative Communities Board.  

We are working across our wider VCFSE sector to develop and implement communications systems that will enable effective information exchange within the  sector and with partners.  We will aim to create conditions to enable the sector to form effective partnerships and collaborations.  

CAS aims to coordinate representation of CAS and VCFSE representatives.  We will aim to ensure the utilisation of a range of mediums to communicate and promote the benefits of partnerships and collaboration. 

CAS is part of the VCS Emergencies Partnership: a safety net to ensure that the most vulnerable communities get the right support at the right time in an emergency. It’s a quick escalation point for organisations to report unmet need/need for support where it can’t be addressed through usual routes. You can find out more here.