Sefton CVS coordinates networks and forums in order for the voluntary community and faith sector’s voice, experience and reach is an integral part of making change happen in Sefton.
There are two geographic forums:
Network South brings organisations together that have a geographic interest and provide services and activities that cover the areas of Seaforth, Crosby, Blundellsands, Waterloo, Litherland Bootle, Netherton, Aintree and Maghull. This forum has strategic links to the Area Partnerships of Crosby, South Sefton and Sefton East.
Southport & Formy VCF Forum
Southport and Formby VCF Forum is facilitated for those organisations involved in the areas of Southport and Formby. This forum has strategic links to the Area Partnerships of Southport and Formby.
Children, Young People & Families
The Children, Young People and Families Forum (Every Child Matters) coordinates those organisations that are committed to delivering quality services and outcomes for children, young people and families in Sefton. The network is linked in with the key local decision-making strategic bodies and structures.
Health & Social Care Forum
The Health and Social Care Forum develops and raises awareness of the work of sector organisations that are involved in improving the health and quality of life of adults and older people living and working in Sefton. The network is linked in with the key local decision-making strategic bodies and structures.
Mental Health Service User Forum
The Mental Health Service Users Forum is a forum whereby mental health service users can meet with commissioners to shape and influence services to meet local needs.
The Faith Network coordinates all Faiths that are engaged in the communities within Sefton. The network exists to ensure Sefton’s Faith communities have a voice in local decision-making bodies.
Local Involvment Networks (LINks)
LINks is an independant structure whereby residents and VCF groups can have their say on the design and delivery of local health and adult care services. CVS facilitate:
- Sefton LINks
- Knowsley LINks
The Ability network exists to ensure the disability community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structure. Membership of the Network is open to individual disabled people, living and working in Sefton, and to sector organisations that provide services.
Equal Voice promotes active participation and engagement of all Sefton’s black minority ethnic organisations and communities. The network exists to ensure the sector is linked in with the key local decision-making bodies and structures.
Embrace exists to ensure the LGB community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structures. Membership is open to all lesbians, gay men and bisexual people both living and working in Sefton and to agencies working with lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
The In-Trust Network is for men and women with a transgendered or intersex history. The network helps to raise awareness of the many issues facing transgender people in their everyday lives both in employment and service provision. The network exists to ensure the transgender community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structures.
The Society supports women who live or work in Sefton and seeks to promote equality between men and women. This is a virtual network and links with the Fawcett Society nationally.
Why be involved in a Forum or Network?
It is an opportunity to:
- Share information and good practice with others
- Receive briefings and updates on national and local policy
- Provides the conduit and fields sector representatives to engage in local partnerships and strategic developments within the borough
- Engender a spirit of collectivism and collaboration within the sector
- lobby and influence on matters of concern
To join a network
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these networks follow the link to the Forum that interests you on the left where you will find the contact details for staff co-ordinating each of the networks. You will also find further information about meetings, membership and activities of each forum.