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 three times 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 workshops, the annual Leaders Conference and the Somerset Trustee Gathering. Details of all our upcoming events are below, and further information will be published on the events page.

Key dates for 2018

Wed 7 March – Forum – Meeting Room, Taunton Library, Paul Street (10.00 – 12.30) View documents

Wed 9 May VCSE Leaders Conference, Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater (9:30 – 3:30) View documents

Wed 6 June – Forum – Meeting Room Taunton Library, Paul Street View documents

Wed 10 October – Forum – Meeting Room Taunton Library, Paul Street View documents

View the VCSE Strategic Forum Guidance for Presenters

View the VCSE Strategic Forum Terms of Reference