Looking to the future


Over the last five years, Northumberland VCS Assembly has taken some huge strides forward. You can read below about the Assembly’s achievements over that time.

In terms of planning for the future, we’d like to know your thoughts on the priorities that should be focused on and how we can better represent the voluntary and community sector and have influence. This information will contribute to a facilitated meeting the Assembly Executive is taking part in to discuss how the Assembly can better represent the sector – have a voice and also be heard.

Please give us your time to answer the following questions by clicking on the link below. The survey should only take you about 10 -15 minutes. Your assistance would be most appreciated and all the information you provide will be treated as confidential.


Many thanks for your assistance.


VCS Assembly achievements


Northumberland’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Assembly is an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the voluntary and community sector in the county. Its role is to inform, engage with, co-ordinate and champion the views of the sector.

Achievements over the last 5 years:

  • Regular network meetings provide opportunities for voluntary and community groups to come together for mutual support and learning, information sharing, raising issues and concerns across the county.
  • A democratically elected Executive Committee with representatives from across the county provides leadership, accountability and is responsible for progressing the general development and direction of the VCS Assembly.
  • Regular meetings with county councillors and officers at the VCS Liaison Group providing opportunities to promote the voluntary and community sector, raise issues and concerns, share information and identify mutual opportunities.
  • A Statement of Intent has been agreed between the Council and the VCS Assembly setting out the key principles for partnership working.
  • Membership of the VCS Assembly has grown from 172 in Nov 2014 to 361 in January 2020.
  • The VCS Assembly has a representative on the Health and Well Being Board so the voice of the sector can be heard at this County Council cross sector strategic group.
  • The VCS Assembly contributes to partnership boards, forums and consultations to ensure the sector has a voice and is able to influence policy and practice, and to advocate on behalf of the sector. e.g. physical activity and culture strategies, Asylum Seekers and Refugees Strategic Group, Climate Action Steering Group, North of Tyne Combined Authority VCSE Stakeholder Group
  • Works to increase public sector understanding of the nature and the value of the VCS and it’s potential role and capacity in the delivery of services, as well as looking at opportunities to support and co-produce new solutions to improve the wellbeing of communities and the sustainability of organisations e.g. Social Prescribing Steering Group, Empowering People and Communities Working Group.
  • Conferences are held on key issues of interest to the sector and other opportunities taken to get a better understanding of the views and concerns of voluntary and community groups e.g. State of the Sector Survey.


Become a member of the Assembly


If you'd like to know more about becoming a member of Northumberland VCS Assembly, please visit www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/about/membership or email the Assembly Development Officer, Ann Atkinson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..