Voluntary Sector Forums

York CVS represents and advocates for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in York. Our Voluntary Sector Forums play a key role in transmitting ideas, views and critical challenge to and from the sector and public bodies in York.

Our forums are open events that focus on discussing topic-specific issues that impact people living in York. We bring the sector together to work in partnership to share best practice and sector developments, tackle inequalities, and to positively influence strategic decision making. The general format of the forums includes an introduction from an expert speaker followed by active discussions to explore how we can work together as a sector to tackle some of these issues.

The forum topics are predominantly identified by the York CVS team but we would welcome ideas from the VCSE network. Please email: forums@yorkcvs.org.uk to suggest a topic. 

Following feedback, we have also introduced a Strategic Forum and a Volunteer Management Forum. These forums are held two or three times a year and focus on the bigger issues the VCSE is grappling with, for example, procurement and partnerships. In addition, York CVS are also bringing the sector together for focus groups to discuss specific issues and to gain feedback from the VCSE.

Book on to the latest forums below:

Voluntary Sector Forum - Supporting York's Armed Forces Community

18 September | 10:00 – 12:00

Bringing the Voluntary Sector in York together to discuss how we can better support the local Armed Forces Community.

Voluntary Sector Assembly - Challenging Local Issues

31 October | 10:00 – 14:00

The second Assembly will focus on the County Lines, Modern Day Slavery and Prevent. You will hear from key speakers on these topics and be involved in active discussion about how the Voluntary Sector will address these issues.

Voluntary Sector Forum - Volunteer Management

12 November | 10:00 – 12:00

The focus of this forum will be on Managing Existing Volunteers and will touch upon: conflict management, engaging with volunteers and volunteer recognition and will also provide a unique opportunity to network with local volunteer managers.

York CVS are committed to:

Developing relationships with commissioners


Contributing to strategic groups such as the Health and Wellbeing Board


Ensuring that the voluntary sector is represented in key decision making


Encouraging collaborative working across the sector


For more information about the Forums or to share an update contact: forums@yorkcvs.org.uk