Changes at Voscur

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27 March, 2018
The Voscur Board recently completed a period of consultation with staff about options for restructuring the organisation and we are now able to announce that a new structure will be in place with effect from 1 April 2018.
 
Like many VCSE sector organisations in Bristol, Voscur is going through a period of change. We are doing this to ensure the organisation is well placed to continue delivering high-quality support, advice and information to Bristol-based VCSE sector organisations in future.
 
The current economic climate means that, along with many other organisations, Voscur has to identify alternative sources of funding, realign resources and find new ways to meet increasing demand for services. In looking at a new structure, we have thought carefully about how services are delivered and where our work will be focussed.
 
What does this mean for the sector?
 
Our work will be underpinned by the following areas of focus which will also be reflected in the VCSE Strategy for Bristol which will be out for consultation from April 2018:
 
  1. Cultivate a sector where independence, sustainable growth and development are acknowledged and treated as constant priorities.
  2. Expand and develop leadership in the sector which is provided and received at community level.
  3. Ensure that the views of the sector are embedded into decision-making at the highest levels across the city/region, and provide effective pathways for the engagement of others.
  4. Increase the skills and capacity within the VCSE sector.
This means that our general and intensive support services will be maintained across a wide range of areas such as governance, funding, start-up and business development. Also continuing will be our comprehensive programme of events, training and briefings for the sector.
 
We will, however, no longer provide a centralised service for pro bono/skilled volunteering activity but will continue to support Social Action as part of the delivery of the VCSE Strategy. In addition, whilst inclusion will remain embedded throughout our services, the BME Voice & Influence project will be placed ‘on hold’ whilst we seek alternative sources of funding.
 
This leaflet provides further detail on our service offer for 2018-19. If you would like further information, please contact us via info@voscur.org or browse our website.
 
Finally, the Board would like to express their gratitude to departing members of staff and to acknowledge their work and contribution to Voscur and the sector over many years. To read an additional statement from the Voscur Chair, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, click here.
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