In response to requests from our Members, and the reduction in the number of partnership groups, from Autumn 2015, RCVYS will be running 6 Special Interest Groups, based around topic areas which our members feel are important. This will build on and formalise existing groups and pieces of work. The purpose of these groups would primarily be to:
• Bring together VCF Sector organisations with common interests to network, share good practice and information, potentially explore further partnership working and joint funding opportunities.
• Provide the mechanism for VCF Sector organisations to collectively identify emerging needs and services gaps, and to propose innovative solutions to support children, young people and families.
• Present a strong collective voice for the VCF Sector around the particular topic areas, and provide a single focal point for statutory partner organisations to engage and communicate with the VCF Sector.
• Offer a ‘vehicle’ for VCF Sector groups to work together to further their common interests.
The initial proposal is for RCVYS Members to elect up to three RCVYS Spokespeople per group, who would be responsible for co-ordinating the groups (with administrational support from RCVYS staff), although it is hoped that other RCVYS Members will play their part in helping to facilitate the groups. The RCVYS Spokespeople will be the primary point of contact for their topic area, and help to identify local needs and proactively bring an informed and proactive ‘voice’ for their topic area into partnership processes.
There would be a degree of flexibility about how each group will work, but this will be developed in the initial few months.