The Voluntary Sector Forum (Children, Young People and Families) is a forum for voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations that provide services to children, young people and their families in Norfolk. The Forum provides a means for two-way engagement between our sector and statutory partners. It is also an effective mechanism for members to raise key issues that impact on our sector and those we represent.
Membership is open to any practitioner (whether paid or unpaid), manager or trustee of any voluntary, self-help, not for profit (including CICs) charities or organisations that:
Any number of people from the same organisation may register, attend meetings and stand for election as representatives of the Forum. However, each organisation only has one vote and this is usually given to the most senior representative of the organisation.
Membership is free.
The VCSE sector in Norfolk consists of hundreds of groups delivering support and services to children, young people and families. This diverse range of groups forms a vital network of support to children, young people and families; helping to reduce the pressure on our statutory partners. In order for our sector to be effective it is essential that we support one another, understand the how our services work together and influence decision-making by our statutory partners that will impact on those we support.
The Forum exists to do just that and much more:
The Forum has elected representatives that sit on multi-agency boards and steering groups who give a voice to Forum members and feedback the key issues to members via reports. There are four meetings each year; held in March, June, September and December at Dereham Football Club. We also hold an annual conference for the VCSE sector that attracts national speakers, allowing you to hear about the wider issues for our sector.
Members are kept up to date via email, E-news and via our website