A new strategic working partnership has been formed with senior leads across the voluntary & community sector (VCS) in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council. The working group includes leaders of The Clare Foundation, LEAP, Action4youth, Community Impact Bucks (CIB) and Heart of Bucks and has been created to enhance the awareness of the work and opportunities across the voluntary and community sector in Bucks. The group aims to achieve this through an injection of energy and fresh thinking to help tackle some the critical challenges facing the county over the next 20 years.
Local councillor and deputy leader Mark Shaw said, “Buckinghamshire has always been strong on partnership working but strengthening our relationship with our voluntary and community sector ensures that we collectively make the most of the expertise and assets building resilience across our communities.”
The working group, chaired by chief executive of Buckinghamshire County Council, Racheal Shimmin who said “Increasing the profile and influence of our invaluable voluntary sector will be key to ensuring Buckinghamshire continues to benefit from a fantastic range of community services. Building a strong, partnership foundation ensures the VCS are involved from the outset, and able to contribute to strategic conversations at the right time’
The first meeting took place on 27 February 2018, with the focus on the key challenges facing Buckinghamshire; demographic changes, growth and social care pressures.
Nick Phillips, Chief Executive of CIB, said: “Despite the many pressures facing the sector I’m excited about the future and can see many opportunities and benefits to come from working in this strategic way with our partners.”Back