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Welcome to the VCS Leaders Network Impact Reporting page - we'll keep refreshing this with updates on the impact and outcomes we achieve...a great reminder that 'Together we can harness the full power of our network to achieve something quite remarkable.'

Strood Community Project

March 2018

I’ve only really become involved in Medway in the last 9 months, and I think one of the main benefits of being part of the network is the proactive approach taken to coming together and keeping everyone informed of all latest developments and issues locally. As a result, I have been much better positioned to support my organisation on a day-to-day and as well as a strategic basis.

One of the biggest outcomes for me is that SCP is currently talking with another local organisation about more joint working. This would not have happened if I hadn’t first attended VCS Leaders Network events and meetings, where I have been able to develop understanding and build new relationships in order to take practical steps to closer working with my VCS colleagues.

Contributed by: Steve Milford-Kemp

Carers First

February 2018

I have been part of the VCS Leaders Network for over a year now, and it has provided me with a wealth of benefits.  For example

- It is a useful place to meet fellow voluntary sector workers who are facing the same difficulties as I am (e.g. commissioning).

- I have gained a fuller understanding of many more voluntary organisations and have been able to look at ways we can work together more effectively.

- I have built positive working relationships with many other people who I might not have otherwise come into contact with.

- I have gained new knowledge via the events that are arranged (as they have been very varied in content and delivery) which has been utilised within my organisation.

- I know there are people out there who can and will help me if I ask.

Contributed by: Trudy Donachie

Age UK Medway

January 2018

The VCS Leaders Network is a really vibrant mix of local charities, given the opportunity to gather regularly and contribute to larger and significant conversations about the work of the sector locally.

Attending the events over the past years, has been insightful, it’s a good opportunity to lift your head form your desk, and take in some of the other work being done locally, and chat with some great organisational leaders about their own challenges and goals. It has been a pleasant surprise, to have my knowledge topped up each time with great conversations about work that isn’t directly related to my own charities beneficiaries, but perhaps could be. It has really given me the opportunity to think outside of the box, and start discussions internally about other services we could consider, rather than always thinking the same way.

Some of the best initiatives I have formulated over the years, have been as a direct result of conversations with another local charity leaders, and it has often lead to partnership work, sharing of ideas, supporting each other with the various challenges of leading a local charity.

I wouldn’t be without it, and without the events in my calendar. I would urge anyone leading local charity to get involved. You get out what you put in

Contributed by: John Norley

Nucleus Arts

December 2017 

The VCS Leaders Network has made a great difference to Nucleus Arts.

An established charitable Arts organisation, we had already been championing creativity to enhance people’s lives, pursuing innovative community engagement solutions to reduce social isolation and catalyse cultural regeneration over the previous fifteen years. But with the effective networking available through this group, the forum for discussion and the collaboration opportunities we have been able to take hold of new possibilities for our many beneficiaries, particularly around social prescribing.

The work the group has done has allowed us to connect effectively with the CCG, and link more effectively with the NHS provision streams to deliver our Art Inclusive programme as a social prescription.

As Dr Sarah Woolaston, Chair of the Health Select Committee says, “If social prescribing were a drug, we would be outraged that doctors were not prescribing it.”. Anything which allows this extraordinary benefit to so many beneficiaries can only be positive. 

Contributed by: Dalia Halpern-Matthews