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Partnerships & Forums
Partnership working is an essential feature of the voluntary and community sector, both with other voluntary organisations and with statutory agencies. As the Council for Voluntary Service for Buckinghamshire, much of our work involves promoting and supporting the development of partnerships within the sector and with statutory bodies.
As part of our representation protocol, Community Impact Bucks currently attend the following partnerships and forums. If you wish to get involved and provide feedback in connection with any of these forums, please get in touch with us. Connecting with a relevant network or forum is a good way to get support for your organisation.
Thames Valley Urgent and Emergency Care Network (TVUEC)
Community Impact Bucks sits on the board of the TVUEC to represent the voluntary and community sector. Urgent and Emergency Care Networks have been set up across the country and involve commissioners, providers and other stakeholders who come together to plan the transformation of urgent care services across the Thames Valley. The purpose of the TVUEC is:
- to improve the consistency and quality of urgent and emergency care (UEC)
- to designate locations for the provision of urgent and emergency care
- to develop standardised clinical pathways for the provision of urgent and emergency care
- bring together systems resilience groups (SRGs) and other stakeholders to address challenges in the urgent and emergency care system that are difficult for single SRGs to address in isolation
- to support delivery of the relevant Sustainability and Transformation Plans across Thames Valley
The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) is a business-led 'partnership of equals' between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the county.
During 2013 BTVLEP has succeeded in helping more than 700 small businesses and distribute £1.75m in grants. It also secured an additional £1m in funding from Broadband UK towards rolling out a superfast broadband internet service for the county. It has also worked closely with DEFRA, Buckinghamshire New University and Buckinghamshire Business First on significant projects for the benefit of the county.
Community Support for Bucks (CSB)
Community Support for Bucks (CSB) is a partnership of voluntary and community groups and social enterprise support organisations which is designed to strengthen the links between all sectors of the community in the Bucks County Council area. The partnership meets at least four times a year and chairmanship is rotated. Current members are Action 4 Youth, Clare Charity Hub, LEAP (formerly Bucks and Milton Keynes Sports Partnership) and Ngage Solutions.
The local strategic partnership for Wycombe district is called the Wycombe Partnership. The partnership brings together representatives from the local public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
The Wycombe Partnership's vision is
'In 2031 Wycombe district will be economically strong and the place to live, work and visit.'
A full list of its members can be found on the Wycombe District Council website
Chiltern and South Bucks Strategic Partnership
The key aim of this group is to coordinate and increase the effectiveness of public services in the Chiltern and South Bucks District. The group is chaired by the leader of the District Council and meets twice a year. The group is supported by a Chiltern and South Bucks strategic partnership steering group.
Members of the strategic partnership include: County Council, District Councillors, Parish Council, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Amersham and Wycombe College, Bucks Business First, Clinical Commissioning Group, Thames Valley Police, Citizens Advice Bureau, Leisure Centre, Bucks Fire and Rescue.
Safer and Stronger Partnership Board Buckinghamshire
The board is responsible for agreeing both the safer and the stronger priorities for the partnership and approving the annual safer Bucks plan. Managing performance against safer and stronger targets, it builds effective relationships between key stakeholders involved in safer and stronger communities in the county including the voluntary and community sector. The group meets bi-monthly.
Members of the board include: County Council, District Councils, Thames Valley Police, Bucks Fire and Rescue, Thames Valley Probation Trust, NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire cluster.
The Buckinghamshire Funding Group is a partnership between the Local Authorities and Voluntary Sector organisations that provide funding or fundraising advice in Buckinghamshire. The group aims to provide information on the funding opportunities available to groups in the county.
The group provides the link across the county between officers who provide funding support and advice. It encourages collaboration in the gathering and exchanging of funding information and campaigns for maximum external funding to be secured for Buckinghamshire. Each year the group coordinates the Bucks Funding Fair. Members of the Funding Group include Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, Action4Youth, Bucks Sport, District Councils, Buckinghamshire County Council.
Healthwatch Bucks will give people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch Bucks will work to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.
Healthwatch Bucks is an independent consumer champion set up with the aim of providing a better outcome in the areas of health and social care on behalf of the public. It seeks users’ views of local care services and encourages their involvement where changes are suggested and implemented. Healthwatch Bucks holds a seat on the local authority Health and Wellbeing Board – this will ensure that user feedback can shape health and social care in the future.
Partners of Healthwatch Bucks are Community Impact Bucks, Bucks Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK Buckinghamshire, Carers Bucks, Action 4 Youth, People’s Voices, SEAP, POhWER and Bucks Mind.
Buckinghamshire Rural Affairs Group (BRAG), in partnership with Milton Keynes, is committed to ensure the sustainability and vitality of our rural communities. The aim of the partnership is to raise the profile of rural issues and to work to influence policy, key decision-makers and local government.
The group is committed to delivering the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Rural Strategy. There is a wide membership and a Steering Group that discusses issues and monitors work. The Steering Group works with issue groups who look at the biggest issues affecting our rural areas. More than 100 organisations and individuals contributed to the creation of this strategy, through stakeholder workshops, public meetings and written feedback.
Rural Housing Partnership
The Bucks Rural Housing Partnership works to increase the supply of affordable housing within rural communities. Comprised of representatives from local authorities, housing associations and the rural sector, including the Rural Housing Enabler, the Partnership co-ordinates affordable rural housing activity across the county, influences local policies and plans to encourage sustainable development whilst keeping an eye on the implications of national initiatives on rural housing. The Bucks Rural Housing Partnership meets four times a year.