We are keen to ensure that the wider VCSE sector is aware of relevant discussions and decisions from key county wide boards and committees. We are developing a network of Advocates who will attend these meetings and feedback key decisions. And issues via this website and our regular bulletins.
It is vital that the VCSE sector is able to have a voice at all the key countywide public sector boards and committees. We have set up a process to encourage wider participation in this, and to improve the opportunities for the wider sector to have its views heard, and influence decisions. The role of VCSE Advocates is to ensure that this happens. They will seek guidance and information from relevant local groups before attending meetings, and report back on discussions and key actions via this website.
Advocates not ‘representatives’
Advocates will not represent the whole, diverse Somerset VCSE sector, but with the benefit of experience and a VCSE perspective, are in a great position to advocate on sector issues.
Countywide committees or boards seeking a VCSE member may complete a VCSE Advocate Request Form. This will be used by the Strategic Forum to advertise the vacancy to the wider sector. Please email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.