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Better Together - VCS Forum

Aims

The Better Together VCS (Voluntary and Community Sector) Forum brings together senior representatives of larger or specialist VCS organisations with a countywide remit to share best practice and look for new opportunities to collaborate. 

 The forum meets bi-monthly and is chaired by the VCS representative on the County Durham Partnership Board, Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action. Support for the forum is provided by Ian Hunter Smart in the County Durham Partnership Team - telephone 03000 263595 or email ian.huntersmart@durham.gov.uk  

Terms of Reference


Better Together Forum - 15th August 2017 **New* 

Please find attached the agenda, notes and presentations from the last meeting and the agenda for the next Better Together Forum


The dates of the meetings for 2017 have been agreed and venues offered as follows: 

Tuesday 10 October 1.00- 3.30 DCA - Willington 
Tuesday 5 December 1.00-3.30 DISC – Newton Aycliffe

Better Together Forum - 20 June 2017 **Current*

Please find attached the notes from the last meeting and the agenda for the next Better Together Forum, together with a note below from Jo Laverick about the proposed focus for the meeting. 

The meeting will take place at 1.00pm on Tuesday 20th June at Citizens Advice, Armstrong House, Abbeywoods Business Park, Durham DH1 5GH


Better Together Forum 25th April 2017 **Current**

Please find attached the Agenda  & Notes from the better together forum held at the offices of Durham Christian Partnership 3 Fram Well House, Framwellgate Peth, Durham DH1 5SU



Better Together Workshop Notes **Current**



Better Together VCS Forum Event **Current**

It was great to see such a high level of interest in the Good to Great Partnership working event today. Many thanks to all of you who came along and contributed. I thought it was a really lively and thought provoking morning, with a diverse mix of interesting people from right across the VCS spectrum. I’m sorry that not everyone who wanted to come, could get in on the day. I think we were taken by surprise at the level of interest…..and we certainly had a full house.

For those who couldn’t make it, I hope the attached copies of presentations and handouts will help, and we’ll keep you on the data base for circulation with any updates or developing work which arises from today.
 
As for next steps, just to confirm:
We will send out a note of the event, summarised as key thinking and action points.
We will also take on board comments and suggestions to refresh and develop handouts which illustrate the VCS landscape in the County, and circulate them.

Being mindful of forthcoming opportunities and challenges for the sector in the course of the coming year, particularly with respect to partnership working, we’ll also set up a resource base and information connection for you….this may take a little longer but bear with us!

We will be working through the various partnerships and networks in the County to consult on development of a bigger conference for the VCS, round about October time. If you have any strong thoughts or ideas about content you’d like, please do feed in to us.
 
Again, thanks for contributing your time and energy into this, and look forward to working alongside you into the future!
 
All best wishes,
Jo Laverick, Chair, Better Together Network.



Better Together Briefing Note **Current**

Please find attached a briefing note from Jo Laverick, chair of the Better Together Forum, for your information.
 
Kind Regards
 
County Durham Partnership
Transformation and Partnerships
Durham County Council
Room 4/129
County Hall
 
03000 263593
INTERNAL 263593
E mail: countydurhampartnership@durham.gov.uk

Better Together Forum 17th February 2017 **Current**

Please note the next meeting of the Better Together Forum will take place on the 17th February 2017

Notes of previous meeting 6th December


Better Together Forum 6th December 2016 **Current**

Please find attached the Agenda for the meeting that took place on the 6th December at Co Hall

Notes of previous meeting 11th October September


Better Together Forum 11th October 2016 **Current**

Please find attached the Agenda for the meeting that took place on the 11th October at PCP Offices Newton Aycliffe

Notes of previous meeting 13th September

Presentations from the 11th October

 
Better Together Forum 13th September **Current**
 

Better Together Forum - 16 August 2016 **Current**

Please find attached the notes  and agenda for the Better Together Forum, that was  held on Tuesday 16th August at 1.00pm at Durham County Carers Support, Finchale, Plawsworth Lane, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5RX

Please also find attached Kates’s presentation from the last meeting and we were also asked to provide a link to the Bid Tool

 
Kind Regards
 
County Durham Partnership
Transformation and Partnerships
Durham County Council
Room 4/129
County Hall
 
03000 263593
INTERNAL 263593
E mail: countydurhampartnership@durham.gov.uk
www.countydurhampartnership.co.uk


Better Together VCS Forum - 21st June 2016  **Current**
 
Please find attached the agenda , notes and presentations from the meeting held on the 21st July


Notes of previous meeting





Index of Multiple Deprivation Update **Current**

Message sent on behalf of Jo Laverick, Executive Director, Durham Community Action 

As discussed at the last Better Together meeting, I’m now a member of the County Durham Partnership Board and, time and resources allowing, will try and pass on any useful bits of information, both from you to the Board and from the Board meetings to you.
 
To this end, I thought some of you might be interested in the most recent update on the IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation) figures for County Durham.  Lorraine O’Donnell gave a presentation on the most recent report, which was very interesting.
 
I can’t send you a copy of the presentation because the file is too big (lots of maps!) …but here is a link for you to the web site with back ground information and notes http://www.durham.gov.uk/stats
It’s worth taking some time out for a coffee and a look at the stats and the maps. In particular, how the focus for deprivation has been changing in different parts of the County over the years (2007 -2015). Also worth looking at is where particular themes for deprivation (e.g. housing, environment, health, unemployment etc) are concentrated. It’s a useful indicator for where and how future services can be targeted and also potentially useful as evidence of needs for any bids you may be working up. If there’s enough interest to warrant a presentation to the sector, we’ll see what we can do.
 
There is a detailed briefing on the website http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/2393/Index-of-deprivationwhich also has  some additional maps.
 
The main man in County Hall is  Stephen Tracey. He’s said he is happy to respond to any queries.  His contact details are:
 
Stephen Tracey
Research and Equalities Manager
Planning and Performance
Assistant Chief Executive's
Durham County Council
 
Tel: 03000 268029
VPN: 268029
Mobile: 07818 510 353
email: stephen.tracey@durham.gov.uk



Better Together VCS Forum - 21st April **Current**

Please find attached the agenda , notes and presentations from the meeting held on the 21st April




 

Better Together VCS Forum - 25th February**Current**

Please find attached the notes from the Better Together Forum held on 25 February.
 
For those who were not at the meeting a copy  of the Poverty Action Plan is attached. Please send any feedback to roger.goodes@durham.gov.uk and/or emma.gardner@durham.gov.uk
 
Also attached is  a leaflet from Durham University Business School: Placements, Internships and Projects for Business / VCSE organisations.
 
Please note the next meeting is on Thursday 21 April at 1.00pm at Durham Community Action, 8 St Stephen's Court, Low Willington, Crook, Co. Durham, DL15 0BF.

Also, the previously scheduled meeting for 8th December has been brought forward to Tuesday 6th December.

Please also find attached the presentations from the Better Together Forum
 
 




Better Together VCS Forum - 8th December**Current**

Please find attached the notes and presentations from the Better Together Forum held on 8 December 2015.

 

Please note the dates for meetings in 2016 are as follows: Thursday 25 February; Thursday 21 April; Tuesday 21 June; Tuesday 16 August; Tuesday 11 October; Thursday 8 December.

 

All meetings are at 1.00pm – 3.30pm Venues to be confirmed – Any offers gratefully received.


Better Together Notes 8th Dec

Feedback from procurement Workshop

NE Social Investment fund

Universal Credit presentation

AiCD Network Training Schedule



Better Together VCS Forum - 8th December**Current**
 
 
As agreed I also attach:

·         The full set of slides for the Procurement Workshops
·         The Social Value Task Group update report
 
The next meeting of the Better Together Forum will be held on Tuesday 8th December at 1.00pm at DISC, Sapphire House, IES Centre, Horndale Avenue, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6DS
 
 
Better Together VCS Forum – 13th October 2015 **Current*
 

 
Better Together VCS Forum – 18th August 2015 **Current*
 


Better Together VCS Forum – 23 June 2015 **Current*


Better Together Meeting 23rd April 2015 **Current**

Agenda
Meeting Notes 23rd April
NDN presentation
Social Enterprise presentation
Safeguarding Flowchart
Building Resilient Communities


Better Together Meeting 26th February 2015 **Current**

Meeting Notes 26th February