The organisations previously known to you as ‘CVS’ or Councils for Voluntary Services provide support and development services (infrastructure) to voluntary and community groups across West Sussex.
Between us, we support around 1,500 voluntary / community organisations and encourage and support volunteering and volunteers who all contribute to a thriving voluntary community sector in the County.
As part of our commitment to partnership working and sharing best practice, we have been meeting regularly as the ‘CVS Network’ since 2008 and have worked together collaboratively on a project basis. We have now agreed that it will be both productive and beneficial for us and our membership to create a more formal structure to support our future shared working.
We have formed the West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Alliance (WSVCSI) or ‘the Alliance’ as we hope it will become more widely known. The Alliance has become operational on 1 April 2019.
We will be keeping you to date with developments and asking for your views as our ideas take shape. It will in no way impact on our local relationships with member organisations and partners – but should help us work more effectively, making best use of our shared skills and expertise.
This is your chance to meet our Community Development Coordinator, Julia Beckett, who can talk to you about the benefits of MSVA membership, funding opportunities, best practice etc. It is also an opportunity for you to meet and chat to other local groups.
We look forward to seeing you!