Sheffield VCF Review

13 May 2009 by Karl Hallam

Sheffield City Council have released a press release announcing the review of the VCF sector in the city it says: 

SHEFFIELD'S voluntary, faith and community organisations are to be asked what they want to see change to make their sector more effective.

Sheffield City Council is working in partnership with Voluntary Action Sheffield, the Open Forum for Economic Regeneration (OFFER), CLASSY - the consortium of local advice centres, Sheffield Black and Minority Ethnic Network and NHS Sheffield, to commission an independent review of the city's voluntary, community and faith sector.

Local experts Cadence Works and ippr North, the regional policy think tank, are to carry out this review.

One of the first steps will be to conduct a survey of as many voluntary organisations in the city as possible - this will be posted or emailed to groups in the next couple of weeks and will also be available online at www.cadenceworks.co.uk/Sheffield-VCF-Review.

Cllr Steve Ayris, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Independent and Healthy Living said: "The voluntary, community and faith sector makes an enormous contribution to the city and delivers services that affect everyone who lives in Sheffield.

"This review is about making sure that the sector is able to carry on working successfully in the future and that the Council works to support its continued development.

"People rely on these services and it is our job to make sure the sector is able to deliver these in the best way possible. As part of this review, we really want to hear from all voluntary organisations - big or small - about what would help them continue to do their vital work."

Sophy Hallam, Director of Cadence Works added: "We are very pleased to be involved in this interesting and important piece of work and are looking forward to meeting people and hearing their views on how the sector can play its part in making the city an even better place to live.

"We're keen to hear from as many different organisations as possible - details on how people can get involved in the review are available on the Review Blog - www.vcfreview.blogspot.com."

The review will also include a number of opportunities for people and organisations connected to the sector to get involved and to give their views.

As well as the postal survey, the review will include running five focus groups to understand in more detail the challenges facing the sector.

Links to questionnaire and blog.

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