Our Ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester is that:
Greater Manchester will have the best VCSE ecosystem in England, supported by shared values, sustainable infrastructure and strong leadership; reflecting the aspirations of the diversity of Greater Manchester people and communities.
VCSE organisations are playing a key role in realising the shared Vision for our people and our place (GM strategy). Everyone will respect the contribution of these organisations to the local economy, decision-making and the provision of services and support to the public. They will acknowledge their value to communities of place, identity and experience and understand the role of local people in leading, shaping and connecting the VCSE ecosystem.
Across the city region, partners from all sectors will come together to create an action plan based on this Ambition. The action plan will support and enhance place-based working, the reform of services for the public and inclusive economic growth, and will be central to sustaining and developing a productive inclusive economy.
Who We Are
The GM VCSE Leadership Group is not a representative structure, but in most cases, individuals are nominated by their own networks and are held accountable to their network and/or the Leadership Group by a signed protocol agreement.
The Leadership Group meets monthly and meetings are often used to invite guest speakers on a range of topics relevant to the Sector and GM devolution.
The Leadership Group has three formal sub groups dealing with the work that has been prioritised; Commissioning; Population Health and Inclusive Economy. The Co-Chairs from each Sub Group formally report back to the Leadership Group on a monthly basis.
The Thematic Work that has been commissioned by the Leadership Group has a nominated Lead and they report back to the Leadership Group on a quarterly basis.
The GM Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (formerly the Shadow Equalities Board) deals with elements of the equalities priorities set by the Leadership Group.
The formal point of contact for the Leadership Group on the following themes/topics is:
- Governance & Strategy– Warren Escadale
- Commissioning – Alison Page & Paul Martin
- Inclusive Economy – Jo Walby & Mike Wild
- Population Health – Ben Gilchrist & Sara Tomkins
- Localities – Ben Gilchrist
- Equalities – Michele Scattergood
- Homelessness – Jo Walby
- Mental Health – Simone Spray
- Carers – Lynne Stafford
Each nominated lead contact of the Leadership Group reports back on any issues to the Leadership Group on a monthly basis.