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Representation of the VCSE Sector

CAS aims to coordinate representation of CAS and VCSE representatives to ensure that the VCSE sector in Suffolk has a voice in areas where we need to influence for the benefit of our communities, and to provide input into the development of the inclusive economic growth of Suffolk. 

We will aim to ensure the utilization of a range of mediums to communicate and promote the benefits of partnerships and collaboration.  CAS is developing a new website that will be launched early in 2020 and this will enable us to achieve these aims more effectively.

We already use a range of social media and open and closed groups on Facebook, Linked In and other mediums to ensure that we can capture sector views and concerns and that these are able to be communicated effectively.

We are working across our wider VCSE 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.

VCSE organisations in our sector can make themselves heard through our networks.

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  • Village Halls and Community Buildings
  • Funding
  • Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes
  • Health and Wellbeing Network
  • Safeguarding
  • Volunteer Coordinators Network
  • Training and Events

CAS also organises and supports events to ensure that VCSE organisations in all parts of the sector have an opportunity to have a voice and be heard, for example:

  • Talk Volunteering Network Events held around the county
  • Health and Wellbeing Network Meetings
  • Suffolk Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference
  • Suffolk Volunteering Conference
  • Funding Conference
  • Suffolk Safeguarding Conference

CAS aims to ensure that the sector can be heard at national level too.  We facilitate representation on national bodies such as Action for Rural Communities (ACRE), the Rural Services Network (RSN) events, National Council for Voluntary Action (NCVO), and other VCSE relevant bodies.