Forums, Partnerships and Networks in Charnwood
The last Charnwood VCS Forum was be held on Wednesday, 13 March at John Storer House in Loughborough from 6pm - 8pm
- Agenda Charnwood VCS Forum March 13 (PDF, 56 Kb)
Please find above the agenda for the March 13 Charnwood VCS Forum to be held at John Storer House
- Notes - March Meeting 2013 (MS Word, 42 Kb)
- Draft Notes From December 12 Meeting (MS Word, 48 Kb)
The next meeting will be held in the Cafe @ JSH and will be a more informal meeting including a buffet at 6pm.
Charnwood VCS Forum - December 2012
You are cordially invited to the Annual meeting of the Charnwood VCS Forum,
being held on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 at 930 am for 10 – 12 noon
in the Community Centre, School Lane, Syston, LE7 1HN
http://www.maps.co.uk and enter le71hn
The ‘Annual Celebration’
I want to extend a personal invitation to you, and hope that you will find the time from your busy schedules to attend the next meeting of the Charnwood VCS Forum which is to be our 2nd year Anniversary meeting.
I was adopted into the role of Chair in June, and am ably supported by four VCS Representatives which means that all five of the Charnwood Together Partnership groups have forum views fed into them. This offers us all huge potential to have our voices heard, and in turn to hear what might be influencing the futures of our groups/organisations and services.
So that we continue to meet your needs and represent your views, please come to the Annual Celebration which will offer a reflection of the past year, but also take the opportunity to consider and then share ideas about what the priority aims are for our VCS Forum should be for the coming 12 months.
Chair of Charnwood VCS Forum
Manager, Home-Start Charnwood
Charnwood VCS Forum - September 2012
The next meeting of the Charnwood VCS Forum will be held on Thursday, 13 September at 1 pm at Seagrave Memorial Hall
The new Chair and VCS representatives on the Charnwood Together Board and Partnerships will introduce themselves to the Forum.
The two speakers for this Forum are Dave McFarlane on the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Simon McIntosh, Programme Manager, Commissioning and Engagement at Leicestershire County Council on Healthwatch.
There will be the usual opportunity to network and refreshments will be served from 1pm.
Please see briefing papers below for information.
- Healthwatch FAQs final (MS Word, 42 Kb)
- PrintPolice and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire (PDF, 115 Kb)
- Leicestershire factsheet (PDF, 112 Kb)
- Leicestershire what we want (PDF, 99 Kb)
The first Charnwood VCS Forum of 2013 will be held in the Cafe @ JSH on Wednesday, 13 March at 5 pm - 8.30 pm.
Charnwood VCS Forum - June 2012 Meeting
Please find below the invitation and agenda for the June meeting of the Charnwood VCS Forum taking place at Thurcaston Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 12 June at 1 pm.
For further information about the Forum please contact Helen Wootton (Acting Chair) on 01509 239786 or fax 01509 230790 or
Charnwood VCS Forum - 27 March 2012 at John Storer House
The first meeting for 2012 of the Charnwood VCS Forum took place at 6 pm on Tuesday, 27 March at John Storer House. The first hour provided an opportunity for members to network with each other.
For further information about the Forum please contact Helen Wootton (Acting Chair) on 01509 239786 or fax 01509 230790 or
Dates for the Diary - Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum Meetings 2012
As last year there will be four Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forums held in 2012.
Tuesday, 27 March from 6 - 8 pm at John Storer House in Loughborough
Tuesday, 12 June from 1 pm - 3 pm at Thurcaston Memorial Hall
Thursday 13 September from 1 pm - 3 pm at Seagrave Memorial Hall
Tuesday, 4 December from 10 am - noon at Syston Community Centre
We do hope that you will join us.
For further information about the Forum please contact Neil Lambert on 01509 631750 or email email@example.com
Full addresses of the venues
John Storer House
Thurcaston Memorial Hall
Seagrave Memorial Hall
Syston Community Centre
A Celebration Marking The First Year Of The Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum took place on Tuesday, 6 December at 9.30 am for 10 am at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive.
- The Big Society - How Does VCS Fit In (PDF, 3.3 Mb)
Please click on the above link to read the presentation made by Cllr Jane Hunt at the Charnwood VCS Forum held on 6 December 2011.
- Charnwood VCS Forum Agenda Dec 2011 (PDF, 38 Kb)
- Charnwood VCS Forum Minutes - September 2011 (PDF, 41 Kb)
- VCS Assembly - VAL Proposal (PDF, 21 Kb)
Please find above the document referred to in the September minutes.
Should you have any queries/comments regarding this proposal please contact Peggy Nicholls on 01509 220 572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charnwood Area Forums And Funding Sept 2011 (PDF, 85 Kb)
- Charnwood Community Grants Sept 2011 Tom Kiernan (PDF, 38 Kb)
The Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum was held at Newtown Linford Village Hall at 12.30pm for 1pm start (finish by 3pm)
The next meeting of the Charnwood Voluntary & Community Sector Forum will take on Thursday, 15 September at Newtown Linford Village Hall at 12.30 pm for 1 pm start (finish by 3 pm).
All local VCS organisations, large or small, are encouraged to come along and help provide a voice for the sector in Charnwood. We are very keen to make this Forum member led as we believe it is about your Vision, your Community and your Say on issues that are important to you.
Besides Peggy Nicholls as the Chair we now have two new Vice Chairs:
Mike Griffiths from TwentyTwenty and Helen Wootton from Home-Start
To book a place at the September meeting please e-mail email@example.com or
fax 01509-631751 or
leave a telephone message on 01509-631750
Also please put in your diary now our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 6th December at 10am at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough.
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum -
Charnwood VCS Forum Agenda - 7 June 2011
- Charnwood VCS Agenda June 2011 (PDF, 58 Kb)
You are kindly invited to the Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
The forum is your chance to meet colleagues in the local voluntary and community sector, hear about what’s happening and feed in your thoughts and opinions
Date: 7 June 2011
Time: 1pm – 3pm (12.30pm Registration and Refreshment)
Location: Glenmore Centre, Thorpe Road, Shepshed, LE12 9LU
- 12.30pm – 1pm Arrive and register, Networking
- 1pm Welcome and introductions (Chair, Peggy Nicholls)
- 1.10pm How to create a robust funding argument - a taster session that will provide useful information for groups seeking to evidence the need for a project in funding applications.
- 2pm Consultations - Feedback and Current
- 2.20pm Feedback from other forums & decision making bodies
- 2.40pm Information sharing
- 3pm Close
To book on please contact Peggy Nicholls on 01509 220 572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum - March 2011
Minutes and Terms of Reference
- Localism Bill And Big Society (PDF, 3.3 Mb)
Please click on the link to read the presentation by Nicole Rickard of Leicestershire County Council (Policies and Partnerships)
- Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum (MS Word, 34 Kb)
Please click on the link above the read the minutes of the Charnwood VCS Forum held on 30 March 2011.
- Charnwood VCS Forum - Terms of Reference (MS Word, 42 Kb)
The Terms of Reference were discussed during the March meeting, but it was agreed that further comment would be welcomed. Please forward any comments to Peggy Nicholls at the Bridge - see contact details below.
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum - March Meeting 2011
- March Meeting Agenda (PDF, 57 Kb)
Please click on the above link for the Agenda for the next Charnwood VCS Forum to be held on 30 March 2011 at John Storer House at 6.30 pm for 7 pm.
- Charnwood VCS Forum Terms Of Reference Feb 11 (MS Word, 42 Kb)
Please click on the above link to read the Terms of Reference for the Forum
Comments on the Terms of Reference would be appreciated prior to the meeting on 30 March 2011. Please send them to Peggy Nicholls by email to;
or phone on 01509 220572
or write a letter to
Deputy Chief Officer
38 Leicester Road,
Also please contact Peggy with any suggestions for the next Agenda.
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum - December Meeting 2010
- Charnwood VCS Forum Minutes - December 2010 (MS Word, 44 Kb)
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum Launch - September 2010
- Charnwood VCS Launch Press Release Oct 2010 (PDF, 784 Kb)
Please click on the link above to read the press release from the Charnwood VCS Forum Launch in September 2010.
Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum - Inaugural Meeting
On 10 February 2010 the inaugural meeting of the Charnwood Voluntary and Community Sector Forum was held at Woodhouse Community Hall (for press release please click on the link below).
The meeting was organised to enable local groups to discuss the concept of a district forum and what it might achieve. It was well attended by a diverse number of organisations from throughout the borough and gave the opportunity for consideration of issues faced by the communities they serve and to seek to involvement in the planning and decision making of public service agencies, including Charnwood Borough Council.
A Steering Group was subsequently formed to discuss how to take forward the outcomes from the day and the launch event for the Forum will be held on 20 September, hosted by Loughborough University and officiated by the Mayor of Charnwood.
Please find below NAVCA's guidance documents/tools for representation from their Improving Local Partnerships Infobank.
- NAVCA Third Sector Forums (PDF, 306 Kb)
- NAVCAThird Sector Forum Websites (PDF, 178 Kb)
- NAVCA Third Sector Representatives (PDF, 252 Kb)
- NAVCA Third Sector Forum Chairperson (PDF, 246 Kb)
- NAVCA Public Sector Engagement With The Third Sector (PDF, 254 Kb)
- NAVCA How Your Place Works (PDF, 352 Kb)
- NACA Key Drivers Briefing Paper (PDF, 108 Kb)
- CHARNWOOD VCS FORUM - Press Release
Details of some of the Forums, Partnerships and Networks in Charnwood
Voluntary Action Charnwood is collecting information about forums, partnerships and networks in Charnwood.
Charnwood Refugee and Asylum Seekers Forum
Charnwood Carers Forum
Charnwood Disability Forum
Charnwood Health and Well-being Forum
Charnwood Mental Health Forum
Charnwood Safety Partnership
Charnwood Together, Charnwood's Local Strategic Partnership
Charnwood Youth Forum
Loughborough Town Centre Partnership
Rural Transport Partnership
The Forum is open to individual volunteers and representatives of agencies/organisations from the voluntary and statutory sector. It is an opportunity for people to come together to share information, co-ordinate services and share good practice. The meetings are held quarterly. Contact Charnwood Human Rights and Equality Council on 01509 261651.
Meets quarterly at venues around the Borough, giving carers and service providers the opportunity to meet and discuss issues which are important to carers. Contact the Carers Development Worker, at VA Charnwood on 01509 631783 or email: email@example.com
Charnwood Disability Forum is for anyone interested in disability issues, and positively encourages participation from the voluntary, statutory, health and not-for-profit organisations. There are regular meetings held at John Storer House. Contact c/o Karen Chamberlain at John Storer House, on 01509 631750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charnwood Health and Well-being Forum is a group of organisations working in partnership to improve the health and well-being of the people of the Borough. It is open to representatives of organisations. The Forum is clerked by Charnwood Borough Council. Contact
Democratic Services at Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 263151.
Charnwood Mental Health Forum is open to representatives of organisations and individuals. It exists to promote awareness of good mental health practice, acknowledging the importance of good mental health for everyone’s wellbeing and happiness. Information meetings are open to the general public. Contact Karen Chamberlain on 01509 631750 or e-mail email@example.com
Charnwood Community Safety Partnership is open to representatives of agencies and organisations. The aim is to reduce crime and disorder in Charnwood. Contact 01509 634901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Charnwood Together", the Local Strategic Partnership for Charnwood is a voluntary, non-executive partnership. It brings together the local authorities (elected members and officers), public service providers and statutory agencies, businesses, voluntary organisations and the local community, with the aim of improving public services and promoting the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Borough. It is open to all groups and organisations in Charnwood.
Provides a forum for young people to represent their views and concerns to Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) and to provide an forum for CBC to seek the views of young people in the Borough. There is also the opportunity for young people from the forum to represent the views of Charnwood young people on the County Youth Council (CYCLe). It is open to young people aged 12-21 years. Six meetings are held per year at various venues across the Borough. Contact Trevor Wise, Area Co-ordinator Leicestershire Youth Service on 0116 267 0840 or email: email@example.com website: thejitty.com.
Leicestershire CareOnLine is a multi-agency project supported by Social Services and the Leicester Shire Partnership, consisting of representatives from social services, health, district councils, the voluntary sector and users. It provides information for older and disabled people and carers. It enables users to find out about Social Services, health, housing, local community services, information for carers and advice about benefits etc. Telephone 0116 305 7538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINk stands for Local Involvement Network. This is a national initiative and there is a LINk in every local authority area. The LINk is a way of giving people the power to improve the health and social care services around them. The LINk is a network of networks, joining people together to have their say on how services are run.
If you would like to join the Leicestershire LINk or find out more about us, contact the LINk Officers on 0116 234 1577 or email@example.com
Leicestershire LINk Office, CIP, Beaumont Enterprise Centre, Boston Road, Leicester, LE4 1HB
The partnership is a business-led initiative with partners voluntarily coming together to improve and promote the town centre, supported by Charnwood Borough Council, but operating independently.
The People’s Forum is an independent organisation which exists to give mental health service users a voice in mental health care provision and to ensure that their opinions bring about positive change. The People’s Forum is open to all who have experienced mental ill health and are current or past service users. Members must live in the county of Leicestershire or Rutland. Contact the Project Worker on 0116 262 7952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Transport Partnership works with rural communities to identify specific transport needs. It designs and develops appropriate, sustainable services, subject to securing funding. The Partnership compromises representatives from district councils, rural communities, Leicestershire County Council, community transport groups, Countryside Agency. Contact Rural Transport Officer, on 0116 305 7241.