Well, the month started with the first meeting of the work stream leads: i.e. VCS and County Council leads looking at key priority themed areas to work on tangible pieces of work together that can make a positive difference to our communities.
There was a lot of discussion at the meeting and realisation that a lot of the issues being discussed, e.g. digital transformation, were cross-cutting impacting on health and social wellbeing, community spaces, financial wellbeing etc. Participants were tasked with reflecting on the discussions and considering what is most beneficial to pursue under their theme to improve outcomes for communities. Also to discuss the merits of focusing on a just a couple of themes that cut across all themes. The leads will be meeting again in November so I will be able to report on progress next month.
We are also continuing to explore wider interest among the VCS in partnership working so that we can build strong connections and be ready when opportunities arise e.g. funding bids and work together to help maintain existing services or grow new ones.
I’ve also been arranging training on a topic which I thought would resonate with most voluntary organisations and community groups, that of Cyber Security. Clearly the topic does not float everyone’s boat but it is an essential part of good governance and can protect your organisation from financial loss and data loss so we should all be aware of what we can do to keep our organisations safe from attack and less vulnerable to cyber crime. I suggest therefore that you do take some time to look at the Charity Commission report on Preventing Charity Cybercrime (link below) understand the threat and harm it can cause and actions you can take to keep your organisation safe.