VCSE Leadership Programme

York CVS, alongside other key voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector partners in the area, including: Community First Yorkshire, Two Ridings Community Foundation, HEY Smile Foundation, Forum and Humber and Wolds Rural Action, are part of the new VCSE Leadership Programme.

The Programme aims to facilitate better partnership working between Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) / Intergrated Care Systems (ICS) and the VCSE sector to enhance the role of the sector in strategy development, and the design and delivery of integrated care in communities.


About the Partnership

In January 2020, the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership with the support of key Voluntary Sector partners successfully applied to take part in the VCSE Leadership Programme (Wave 2) funded and supported by NHS England. The programme provides funding for the voluntary sector to develop alliances or groups to enable them to play an active role as part of a mature integrated care system. It also provides independent facilitation and a range of hands-on support activities.

The Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) Partnership recognises the voluntary sector as a key partner in delivering transformation of health and wellbeing in our region. The sector is critical in the delivery of integrated and personalised care and helping to reduce health inequalities. As of 4th May 2020 the HCV Partnership is a newly recognised Integrated Care System (ICS), and the VCSE Leadership Programme represents an investment in and commitment to the increased visibility and engagement of the voluntary sector in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care and improving health outcomes in Humber, Coast and Vale.

The Leadership programme itself, as funded by NHS England, runs to end March 2021 and we do not anticipate any further funding from NHSE beyond this date.


Aims of the Programme

The overarching objective for the programme is the agreement and implementation of a mechanism for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to engage with, influence and participate as equal partners in the work of the HCV Partnership to improve the health of the populations we all collectively serve. Through participation in the programme we are working with the voluntary sector towards the
following outcomes/benefits for the Partnership:

  • increased VCSE sector involvement and visibility in design and delivery of integrated care;
  • embedding of partnership working between the VCSE sector and local out of hospital care (in particular through emerging Primary Care Networks);
  • improved relationships and deeper trust between VCSE and statutory sector partners in all six ‘places’;
  • improved recognition and mutual understanding amongst statutory partners of the structures, role, value and impact of the VCSE sector and commitment to sustain an equal partnership beyond the lifetime of the programme.


Updates and Information

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Humber Coast and Vale Resilience Hub 

The Resilience Hub has been established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support health and care staff across the Humber, Coast and Vale area who are struggling with the impact of COVID-19, this includes those working within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The Resilience Hub is a confidential service and is independent of existing mental health and internal occupational health services.