Explains what the Voluntary Sector Steering group is, who the members are and what the East Riding COMPACT is.
The voluntary and community sector is very diverse and has a broad range of aims and achievements. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Third Sector’ and some recent publications and changes in central government have seen the use of the term ‘Civil Society.’
In the East Riding, the term ‘voluntary and community sector’ or ‘VCS’ is used to refer to all voluntary and community organisations and groups operating and delivering services with the area. This term can, however, be replaced by ‘civil society’ or ‘third sector’, as appropriate.
The following list, whilst not exhaustive, provides a flavour of the diverse nature of organisations and groups that make up the voluntary and community sector:
The East Riding Voluntary Sector Steering Group (VSSG) brings together voluntary sector infrastructure organisations and other key voluntary and community sector and public sector organisations.
The aim of the group is to identify strategic needs and issues across the sector in the East Riding, support the development of services & support to meet those needs and to support the strategic development and increased capacity of the sector. The VSSG also aims to ensure that the voluntary and community sector’s voice is heard and it has the opportunity to influence and challenge the activity of its public sector partners.
The membership is made up as follows:
Judith Leech, Chief Executive of East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS)
Susan Oliver, Chief Executive of the Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC).
Alex Rossi, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Telephone: (01482) 391437
The group is made up of representatives from the following organisations:
The East Riding VCS Strategy 2010-2015 ‘Supporting Stronger Communities’ seeks to positively contribute to the way in which the public, private and voluntary sectors can work effectively together to secure improved outcomes for the residents of the East Riding.
With the current VCS Strategy due to end soon, the Voluntary Sector Steering Group (VSSG) has been developing a successor strategy and intends to launch this in early 2016.
We want the East Riding to be a place where the voluntary and community sector thrives, where everyone works together to improve the quality of life for the communities in the East Riding, builds on the strong partnerships that already exist and strives collaboratively to realise the ideals of the ‘Big Society’.
This vision is key to the development of a thriving voluntary and community sector in the East Riding and supports the area’s ambition, set out in the East Riding Community Plan (‘Our East Riding’) 2006-2016, to have an East Riding where:
For more details, please download a copy of the strategy, and the strategy refresh update undertaken in 2014, here:
Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy 2011-15 (pdf 427kb opens in new window)
Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy Refresh - 2014 (pdf 484kb opens in new window)
First launched in 2005, the East Riding COMPACT is an agreement between partners from the public sectors and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to strengthen their working relationships in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for local residents.
The East Riding COMPACT has been written by local VCS and public sector representatives and followed a comprehensive consultation across both sectors. It acknowledges, respects and celebrates the difference between the sectors, but also recognises that they both have much in common, highlighting the following shared values as underpinning the document and the work that both sectors do:
The independence of the VCS should be recognised and supported. This includes the opportunity and right to act as a campaigner and challenge public sector policy.
Open communication promotes strong and resilient partnerships
The public sector and VCS are accountable in different ways, but both must act with integrity and transparency, appreciating differences between partners
For more information, please download a copy of the full East Riding COMPACT document or the summary version here:
East Riding COMPACT (full document) (pdf 672kb opens in new window)
East Riding COMPACT (summary document) (pdf 552kb opens in new window)
You can also visit the Compact ER website, which contains a number of case studies showing how local Compacts have made a real difference in the UK:
COMPACT ER - the East Riding Compact (external website)
Alternatively you can contact Judith Leech, Chief Executive of East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and Chair of the East Riding Voluntary Sector Steering Group:
Telephone: (01482) 871077
For further information on any of the above, please contact Alex Rossi: