In order for our sector to be effective it is essential that we support one another, understand how our services work together and influence decision-making by our statutory partners that will impact on those we support.
VCWB have several established and new forums that allow the sector to achieve these aims.
West Berkshire Voluntary Sector Voice
This forum brings together a variety of West Berkshire charities and voluntary organisations, to network with others, explore opportunities to work together, share challenges concerns and learn from each other with regards to best practice in the sector.
The forum meets online quarterly, to attend this forum, register your interest here.
Children and Young People Voice
The forum is made up from a selection of Voluntary and Community sector organisations supporting Children, Young People and Families across West Berkshire. We meet regularly in Newbury town centre, members of the forum represent the sector at strategic level in boards such as Local Safeguarding Children Board* and Health and Wellbeing Board**
To register an interest in being involved in this forum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Educational Needs and Disability Providers Voice
Bringing together voluntary sector organisations who are providing Special Educational needs and disability support and activity, this forum meets regularly to discuss the challenges that providers and their clients are facing and creating ways to work together to achieve better outcomes for the end user and their families and carers. To be involved in this forum, register here
Voluntary Sector Arts Voice
Aimed at organisations delivering arts for wellbeing, this forum meets quarterly at Broadway House and in community venues across West Berkshire. The forum aims to create a collaborative approach to arts activities across the district to benefit the residents of West Berkshire. If you would like to be involved in this forum, register your interest here
Voluntary Sector Sports Voice
Focused on voluntary Sports groups across the district, this forum aims to achieve a joined up approach to sport for health and wellbeing across the district, where possible sharing resources and expertise to the benefit of the residents of West Berkshire. Where challenges arise that affect the sector, the members of this forum can come together to find solutions and influence change. Register your interest here
Voluntary Sector Community Transport Voice
Bringing together the voluntary organisations that are providing community car and handybus schemes across the district with colleagues from West Berkshires Transport Team to share best practice and information that will lead to improved service for their clients.
We are happy to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in any of our forums, register your interest by selecting the appropriate forum above or email us at email@example.com for more details
*Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 requires each local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for their area. West Berkshire LSCB is made up of organisations which work with children and young people. The LSCB is the key mechanism for agreeing how local services and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The LSCB is responsible for:
Co-ordinating the activities of all agencies concerned with the protection of children
Developing and agreeing local policies and procedures
Assuring the quality of child protective services
Raising awareness in the wider community of the need to safeguard children