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‘To Prepare, To Respond, To Recover’ - MVA now part of VCS Emergencies Partnership



Local charity MVA is a recognised office, working together with other local and public groups and infrastructure organisations, within the VCS Emergencies Partnership: Working as a joint response to national crises. 

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCS EP) is made up of a wide collection of organisations within the Charity sector with the aim of improving coordination at national and local levels before, during and after emergencies.

Bringing together local, national and global expertise from the sector, the Emergencies Partnership aims to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, so that they can rebuild their lives.

It also has an influencing role and gives a voice to those at risk of or affected by disasters and emergencies in the UK, so that they are at the heart of any response.

Overseen by NAVCA and British Red Cross, the group of people and organisations involved in it and contributing to sector-wide collaboration and coordination has grown substantially; and a national crisis like coronavirus is the kind of emergency for which the Emergencies Partnership was formed.

The Emergencies Partnership has five regional, multi-agency cells across England; helping local organisations to continue their work in the community. Each cell is built around a network of ‘Liaison Leads’ that have been drawn from local infrastructure.

And like MVA, a local infrastructure organisation can connect to the Liaison Leads, who can then draw on the Emergencies Partnership network and resources to support need in the local area; and as leaders of local charities and infrastructure organisations, the understanding they have of local needs and capacity is an important part of the Emergencies Partnership being able to operate effectively.

Your local contact is Jane Howard at MVA. You can email her at, or call 01634 812 850. You can also request support directly from the Emergencies Partnership themselves.

For more information, visit the VCS Emergencies Partnership’s website.



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