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Leading Bristol's social economy
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.
To improve the quality of life for the people of Bristol.
To support, develop and represent Bristol's voluntary and community sector.
Voscur's core values:
- Equality: Voscur is committed to an organisational and collective responsibility for creating an equal and inclusive society and to the principles of the 2010 Equality Act. Voscur's Statement of Commitment to Equality, extracted from our Equality and Diversity policy, can be found here.
- Sustainability: Quick fixes are no good. We work to support sustainable solutions to local issues - meeting local needs now without compromising those of the future.
- Accountability: Voscur is its membership - it supports, and is accountable to, the VCSE sector in Bristol.
- Empowerment: Community development is what people do for themselves, not what's done for (or to) them. Voscur empowers organisations to foster grassroots direction and action.
- Cooperation: Neither the public, private nor third sector can provide everything communities need. Voscur therefore facilitates cooperation and collaboration between all three.
- Independence: Independent from public bodies and other charities, support and development organisations can facilitate partnerships and be a critical friend.
Voscur's strategic aims:
- Development: Find out what local communities need and help organisations meet those needs.
- Support: Help organisations to function more effectively and improve their services.
- Liaison: Help organisations communicate and collaborate effectively together.
- Representation: Represent the views of the VCS to public bodies and policymakers to help improve the environment in which we all work.
- Strategic partnerships: Foster effective working between the public and voluntary sector to inform and influence local planning and policymaking.
- Equality: Increase the participation of all equalities groups in civic society.
- Sustainability: Be entrepreneurial and responsive to ensure Voscur’s own sustainability.
>> Find out about the benefits of being a Voscur member today.
>> Read our 2017-2018 annual report.
Supporting local impact
Refugee Women of Bristol benefiting from our governance support
Voscur’s Kick Start programme provides intensive start-up support to help new organisations and social enterprises get going. The training sessions cover everything from developing your mission and vision, to deciding on your legal structure and theory of change.
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