VCSE Strategic Forum

The VCSE Strategic Forum brings together leaders from across a wide range of VCSE organisations in Somerset, with senior staff from Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, District Councils and other key county-wide agencies.

One of the key drivers for the development of the Strategic Forum was to give the sector a voice, and the opportunity to influence public and private sector partners at a key strategic and operational level. The Strategic Forum is now established and recognised as the key point of contact for countywide VCSE sector engagement.

The Strategic Forum meets twice a year to discuss issues of interest and concern, help inform commissioning, and promote collaboration and partnership working across sectors.

While our forums are not open events, we invite a cross section of VCSE organisations, covering a wide range of interests, identities, and locations.

Key notes, presentations and papers from previous forums are available to download here.

We host a range of events that are open to all Somerset groups, including topical workshops workshops, and the annual Leaders Conference. Details of all our upcoming events are below, and further information will be published on the events page.

Key dates for 2019/20

VCSE Strategic Forum, Wednesday 6th March, Taunton Library – view documents

Somerset VCSE Leaders’ Conference, Friday 21st June, Monks Yard, Ilminter – view documents

VCSE Strategic Forum, Wednesday 9th October, Taunton Library – view documents

VCSE Strategic Forum, Wednesday 25th March 2020 – CANCELLED

View the VCSE Strategic Forum Guidance for Presenters

View the VCSE Strategic Forum Terms of Reference