West of England Civil Society Partnership

West of England Civil Society Partnership

The West of England Civil Society Partnership

The West of England Civil Society Partnership (WoECSP) is a registered Community Interest Company established by Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) infrastructure and support organisations across the West of England .

The partnership, originally established in 2011, brings together Voscur, CVS South Gloucestershire, The Care Forum, Voluntary Action North Somerset, Wesport, West of England Rural Network and the newly formed B&NES Third Sector Group.

The role of the Partnership is to provide:

  • leadership, support and coordination for the VCSE sector across the West of England
  • a voice and focus for the VCSE sector to engage in, influence and scrutinise policy development at a West of England level with the new and emerging governance structures

Achievements of the Partnership to date:

  • Supported the development of and work of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Supported the development of the LEP Economic Strategy, in particular the approach to supporting Social Inclusion
  • Enabled the development of and supported a successful grant application to the EU Social Fund Building Better Opportunities programme led by Weston College, which has secured £6 million of funding
  • Enabled activity delivered by 25 local VCSE organisations across the West of England to support people furthest from work

The Partnership’s current work includes:

  • Supporting the VCSE in its engagement with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Joint Committee
  • Working with the WECA Skills Group, the Rural sector group, the Social Enterprise Sector Group and the Growth Hub
  • Supporting the development of the Local Industrial Strategy and leading on Inclusive Growth
  • Representing the VCSE on the EU Structural Investment Funds Committee