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Newcastle Voluntary Sector Consortium
Newcastle Voluntary Sector Consortium membership prospectus
The Newcastle Voluntary Sector Consoritum Prospectus tells you what you need to know about the Consortium. For potential members there is the FAQ looking for more information before submitting the application form. There is also a FAQ for commissioners.
Deadline for return of application forms is 22 November 2013 but for organisations that will not have had the opportunity for their Trustees to consider whether joining the consortium is right for them, they will be able to make an expression of interest. To do this complete and return the expression of interest form by 22 November. Organisations making an expression of interest will have a further 12 weeks to complete the full application form.
Newcastle Voluntary Sector Consortium working group
The Newcastle consortium working group was set up to work on the options for setting up a VCS consortium in Newcastle. Membership of the group is drawn from organisations that attended the Neil Coulson workshop in May 2012 and came to the following MEA House meeting in June 2012. The working group is using the key actions agreed at the June meeting as a framework for its activity.
In August 2012 Neil Shashoua from Trapeze Consulting, on behalf of the working group, carried out a baseline survey to gauge the level of interest in developing a citywide VCS consortium to deliver public services. The survey is being used to inform the structure and services that will potentially be provided by a Newcastle VCS consortium.
Details of the progress made so far in developing a Newcastle consortium can be found below.
Newcastle consortium working group position statement June 2013
Since April the consortium group has been working with Neil Coulson and John Gillespie from ACEVO on the next stage of development for the consortium. The working group has produced an updated position statement setting out the how consortium is developing, including the operating model and scope of the consortium.
Newcastle Consortium feedback event April 2013
Building on the findings of Trapeze Consulting's baseline report since September 2012, the Consortium Working Group focused on identifying an appropriate structure and scope for a Newcastle consortium and creating a values statement to inform how it would operate. This stage had been influenced by going out and speaking to existing consortia, in the region and further afield, finding out how they manage both their internal relationships and those with commissioners and decison makers. Individual working group members have also undertaken to keep City Council and NHS commissioners up to date with the progress and ambitions of the group.
On 18 April the Newcastle consortium working group hosted a feedback event at the Ouseburn Centre. The event was an opportunity for the working group to report to voluntary and community sector colleagues on the progress it had made. The Group produced a Position Statement, which summarised progress to date and included the values statement and highlights from Trapeze's baseline report. In addition, Dave King from Stockton-based voluntary sector consortium Synergy and Gary Stokoe from the Durham County Consortia gave presentations about their experiences of consortium working. The presentations shaped workshop discussions designed to help the working group identify the next steps.
A significant development reported by the Newcastle consortium working group was its successful bid to Locality for pre-feasibilty funding. The funding will be used to buy ACEVOs consortium development toolkit with six days of consultancy time during April to June.
Consortium working in Newcastle 21 June 2012
A follow up meeting to Neil Coulson’s Newcastle consortium workshop (14 May 2012) was hosted by Newcastle CVS at MEA House. Invitations were sent to organisations that had attended the workshop and the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the next steps and specifically the setting up of a small group to work on plans for a Newcastle VCS Consortium.
CHYP IN network open forum held on 14 June 2012
Gary Stokoe from the Cornforth Consortia presented his paper on the opportunities and challenges of partnership working, and developing a consortium framework in County Durham.
Consortia working in Newcastle 14 May 2012
Neil Coulson is a consultant specialising in consortium working in the voluntary and community sector. He has advised voluntary and community groups around the country on setting up consortia. Neil has delivered training on behalf of ACEVO and worked with the
Neil delivered a free workshop for 40 Newcastle based voluntary and community groups about setting up a consortium and covering issues such as different models to consider, the challenges to collaborative working and the critical factors for creating a successful consortium.
The workshop was organised by Newcastle CVS, VOLSAG and Mental Health North East.
The CHYP IN network open forum held on 15 March 2012
Following the November 2011 CHYP IN network open forum on collaboration, a small working group has been meeting. The group held a workshop at the March 2012 open forum proposing a collective approach and presented their discussion on the pros and cons of collaboration.
For more information about the group contact Pam Jobbins or Martin Gollan at NCVS
The Better Together project
The Better Together project ran for two years, and supported three consortia: The All Together Consortium for Children, Young People and Families in Sunderland; the Northumberland Young Carers’ Partnership; and the Stockton on Tees Children and Young People’s Consortium.
The Was it Better? report gives an overview of the Better Together project and draws out some key learning about collaboration and partnership working, and provides case studies detailing the progress made by the consortia. The project produced a range of resources for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to use in the development of future consortia and partnerships, including:
VOLSAG consortium survey report March 2012
VOLSAG (The Voluntary Sector Advisory Group) and Mental Health North East carried out a survey into developing a consortia and collated the results.