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Voscur is the support and development agency for Bristol's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. We support organisations in and around Bristol to increase their impact; we work with the investors who commission and fund the work of the VCSE sector, to ensure they make informed decisions and design effective services. We also build relationships between providers and investors to help them work together to coordinate services and maximise their social value.
Our organisational Theory of Change (below) sets out the key outcomes we aim to achieve and how we work towards them through specific services and initiatives. These are mapped onto the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to align outcomes with Bristol’s One City plans and other relevant strategies.
Equity underpins everything we do. This means challenging the inequalities that determine where people and organisations start from in working towards their ambitions, and the obstacles they experience along the way.
Our business plan prioritises the contributions a development agency, or infrastructure organisation, is uniquely placed to building partnerships, asset-based organisational development, equitable leadership and collective voice.
We understand our unique position in the VCSE ecosystem. We prioritise use of our limited resources to leverage additional support that strengthens communities. We provide a differentiated range of support and development to organisations from the startup stage through growth to collaboration and change (see community services overview poster below).
We use positive action to work in different ways in different areas and with different groups. That means working with our partners to prioritise and coordinate targeted outreach, resources and support to particular communities and groups. When partners and other specialists are better placed to help an organisation, we work to make the connection. This is a One City approach to collaboration, and it guides our role as a partner in the VCSE Strategy Group reaching out to build more equitable cross-sector forums and partnerships in the city.
To improve the quality of life for the people of Bristol.
To support, develop and represent Bristol's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.
The Real Photography Company, based in St. Paul’s Learning Centre, began as a group of local photographers who wanted to share their love of analogue photography and darkroom techniques. Founding directors Wendy Leocque and Ruth Jacobs spoke to Voscur about their journey to becoming a fully-formed Community