A three-year commitment to support community and voluntary groups in Staffordshire has been signed by the county council.
The £800,000 agreement will be delivered across the county by a consortium of three groups with a brief to help develop a sustainable, growing voluntary sector that works with residents who need support, as well as backing initiatives such as lunch clubs, community gardening projects and library volunteering.
Ian Parry, deputy leader of Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Matters, said:
Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations already have a big, positive impact in their communities and we wish to work closely with them to have a greater influence on demand for services.
This contract is a continuation of the work we have done with the voluntary sector for many years and will offer practical support to residents and new or established groups that want to make a difference where they live.”
The consortium comprises the Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services; Support Staffordshire; and South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action, and is collectively known as the SCVYS Delivery Partnership.
Phil Pusey, spokesperson for the delivery partnership, said: “As a group of organisations committed to supporting a wonderfully diverse local voluntary sector we are delighted to have been selected to work with the County Council on the development of their Community Based Approach.
“It is focused on improving the quality of life for everyone in Staffordshire by encouraging personal and family resilience whilst developing community resourcefulness so that people are able to help themselves and each other building on the fantastic community spirit that already exists in many parts of the county.
“By working together at both a strategic and local level, we hope to develop new ways of working bringing creative solutions which will improve life for the residents of Staffordshire.”
Ian Parry added:
The consortia’s bid demonstrated a clear understanding of how the public sector is changing and offered a strong proposal to work with communities on targeted prevention and early intervention.
We see this as a two-way relationship with the consortia as we focus on helping people in the community and connecting those who need support with those who are able to help.”
Notes to editors
Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) is an umbrella organisation supporting over 140 Voluntary Youth Organisations in Staffordshire in a variety of practical and tangible ways. The combined membership delivers:
- A volunteer contribution to youth and children’s activities valued at over £12 million across Staffordshire every year.
- Over 27,000 children and young people aged 5-25 regularly participating on a weekly basis, and a reach of over 90,000 throughout the year.
- Support for 8,355 volunteer roles which support the running of local groups and activities.
- Members provide over 800 individual activity groups, most running on a weekly basis.
- Worked with Staffordshire County Council on Youth Transformation Programme.
For further information on SCVYS please visit www.staffscvys.org.uk or call 01785 240378
Support Staffordshire is a relatively new organisation formed following a merger of six Councils of Voluntary Services (CVS), whose roots date back in the 1960s. The support offer includes:
- The advancement of volunteering for all.
- Support and development services for voluntary and community sector organisations including start up.
- Facilitating collaboration, voice and representation.
For further information visit www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk or contact Garry Jones on 0300 777 1207.
South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (SSCVA) has been supporting the grass roots voluntary and community sector for more than 30 years, with particular expertise in cross sector collaboration and piloting new models of community engagement. Key current priorities include:
- Capacity building support to organisations and communities
- Volunteer support and brokerage
- Supporting local priorities for service delivery
For more information visit www.sscva.org.uk or contact David Leese on 01902 851675