Following our strategic review earlier this year, we are really pleased to be able to share our new Strategic Plan with you.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the plan, your insight and knowledge has enabled us to create a Strategic Plan that is ambitious yet reflective of the challenges we face as a sector and as a city.

The Strategic Plan sets out our areas of work, our priorities for the next five years (2021-2026), and provides an overview of how we will support these aims. We know we cannot and will not be able to achieve any of this alone, so we are looking forward to working together with the sector and key partners to achieve these ambitions for York.


York CVS works in four key areas:

  1. As a membership body for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, we bring together, support and represent voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that are active in York
  2. We promote and celebrate volunteering
  3. We reduce inequality through social action
  4. We work alongside many other people and organisations to improve life in York


Priorities for the five years 2021 to 2026 are to:

  • support our members by providing information, advice, training, networking and representation
  • promote volunteering of all kinds, from one-off opportunities to long-term links
  • tackle the causes of poverty in York
  • tackle loneliness and encourage a sense of community
  • help people stay well and feel well


To support our aims, we will:

  • promote equality, diversity and opportunities for all, in everything we do
  • reach out to people with direct, first-hand experience and together find the best ways to make a real and lasting difference: we will co-design, co-produce, co-deliver and empower
  • work in partnership: we can only deliver this plan by working closely with our members and with partners in the public and private sectors


First year priorities include:

  • review the city-wide volunteer strategy People Helping People and co-produce a new strategy for the next five years
  • develop ideas for recognising volunteering in York and look for sponsors for a high-profile annual celebration
  • publish a report on volunteering in York
  • establish a Poverty Truth Commission, comprising equal numbers of local decision-makers and York residents with direct experience of the impact of poverty: together, Commissioners will develop actions to tackle the causes of poverty in York