Information and intelligence
We use our position to raise the profile of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and ensure that it is valued as an equal partner.
We are recognised as a source of intelligence and are frequently invited to contribute to government strategies and consultations and to represent the sector regionally and nationally.
Through our membership of the North East Brexit Group we worked to agree key regional messages to influence Brexit negotiations.
We advocate for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s concerns and priorities in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (the proposed replacement for European Structural Funding). We work to influence the design and delivery of the UK SPF for the benefit of North East communities.
We lead on engagement with Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), working in partnership with Tees Valley Local Infrastructure Organisations and other sector representatives. This work has led to the establishment of a Tees Valley VCSE Economic Growth and Inclusion Working Group.
Within the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NE LEP) area we represent the sector on:
- North East Employment and Skills Board
- Employment Inclusion and Skills Steering Group (EIS)
- VCSE Employment, Inclusion and Skills Focus Group
Our partnership with Clinks ensures the voluntary sector in the North East is kept up to date with changes to criminal justice policy and provide the opportunity for a North East voice in Clinks policy responses.
We ensure the sector is informed about the issues which impact it through our various ebulletins which are sent to over 5000 subscribers.
We also provide intelligence on the North East sector to partners and stakeholders.
Local Infrastructure Organisations are a vital source of support to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the North East and we have a directory to help you find your nearest one.