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 Strategic Forum - Procurement and Social Value

24 July 2019 | 10:00 – 12:00

This event is designed specifically for members of York’s Voluntary and Community Sector who have direct responsibility for procurement within their organisation, or want to learn more about bidding for contracts with City of York Council.

York Armed Forces Community Event

30 July 2019 | 17:15 – 20:00

In partneship with City of York Council, York CVS will be hosting the York Armed Forces Community event to explore how we can better support York’s Armed Forces Community. We will be providing a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ for all attendees from 17:15.

Voluntary Sector Forum - Volunteer Management

We will be welcoming Maria Gill, Volunteer Co-ordinator from St Nicks, to talk about all things Volunteer Management. As well as an engaging presentation and insight from a local perspective, this forum will provide a unique opportunity to network with other Volunteer Managers in York.

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