Voluntary Sector Forums and Events

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:

Funding Fair

27 February | 13:00 – 16:30

Join us for our Funding Fair to meet 11 local and national funders and discover what support and funding is available for your group or organisation. The event will include two funding workshops with representatives from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund.

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