VCSE Representation

One of the key roles of the VCS Alliance is to act as a voice for the voluntary and community sector in Gloucestershire. We are independent of service delivery, and therefore can be neutral in conversations and unbiased in the way we influence.

This, however, doesn’t mean we are acting as gatekeepers. In fact, we know better than anyone the wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise in our sector that can support, influence and shape our county’s strategic direction. This is why we are implementing a programme of Accountable Representation, ensuring that the right people, with the right expertise, are sat around the right strategic tables.

What is Accountable Representation?

Accountable representation promotes the opportunity to attend virtual or ‘in person’ meetings and to give your views and those of whom you represent. Your presence at these meetings will allow for more inclusive and skilled representation of communities and enable key decisions to be made with their best interests in mind.

Why is it important?

No one organisation can adequately represent a sector the size and scale of the VCSE, it's too diverse and too skilled. We want to create the right conditions and provide the infrastructure so that the skills and experience within our sector is able to shape decisions that affect our communities.

How?

We are working with our Public Sector colleagues to look at mapping county systems, and to establish where VCSE representation is required. We will work with Chairs of work groups, strategic boards, and bespoke programmes to identify where VCS colleagues would be useful. We will post these opportunities on our website and promote via our communication platforms.

Where is this currently working?

We are starting this process with Integrated Locality Partnerships (ILPs).  These are strategic groups that shape health and care policy in each district. We believe it’s essential that each ILP has a VCSE member on their board, working with system partners to support the eradication of health inequalities.

Currently, there is VCSE representation in the following ILPs:

  • Cheltenham – Matt Lennard VCS Alliance
  • Forest of Dean – Chris Brown FVAF
  • Tewkesbury – Matt Lennard VCS Alliance
  • Glos City – Justine Rawlings Community Builder Collective
  • Stroud – 
  • Cotswolds DC – 

To get in touch with any of these leads or for more information about how to get involved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you know?

Fewer than 1 in 10 employees in the voluntary sector are from a Global Majority Community (BAME) background.  A third of the largest charities have all-white senior leadership teams and boards. In order to promote better outcomes for communities this level of underrepresentation will need to shift.

The #charitysowhite movement has given a voice to Global Majority Community (BAME) working in the charity sector and empowered them to highlight their experiences of discrimination.