Tower Hamlets Council is working with the VCS to develop a new Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy with the support of Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Together.

The new VCS Strategy builds on foundations established in the current VCS Strategy 2016-2019, but defines a new set of ambitions for how the Voluntary and Community Sector works with Partners across the Tower Hamlets Partnership to deliver the Tower Hamlets Partnership Plan and Outcomes Framework.   

Unfortunately, due to the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) ongoing situation and the need to maintain social distancing, the next two planned consultation events are cancelled.

If you want to get in touch please use the contact details at the botom of this page.

These workshops will build on the Themes and Priorities outlined below that have been developed through a series of workshops and discussions in late 2019 and early 2020:   

1. Working Together

  • Key suggestions under this theme have included:
  • Making ‘what’s out there’ more visible and connecting it together more effectively so that residents have better access to information and services
  • Developing better working relationships, both within the voluntary sector and between the voluntary sector and the statutory and business sectors
  • Improved subject-specific working, e.g health and wellbeing organisations developing shared referral mechanisms, or children and young people’s organisations bidding for funding as part of a delivery partnership

2. Money and Resources

  • Key suggestions under this theme have included:
  • Improved approaches to grants and commissioning, including cross-sector work to lever in funding from outside the borough and longer bidding periods to allow more time for partnership building
  • Better use of buildings for voluntary sector activity
  • Support and development for the sector workforce, including trustee training and support for both formal and informal volunteering

3. Policy and Representation

Key suggestions under this theme have included:

  • Better systemwide communication so that organisations and people working within them can find one another and work together more effectively
  • Better sharing, utilisation and learning from data
  • Greater voluntary sector participation and representation in policymaking

A number of cross-cutting themes have also been suggested, including:

  • Small/volunteer-led organisations
  • Data
  • Community cohesion
  • Infrastructure

During the next phase of strategy development, we will be identifying potential outcomes and actions under each of these themes. 

If you would like to participate in this process you can: