West of England Civil Society Partnership (WoECSP)

The WoECSP is a self-organised partnership of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) infrastrucutre organisations across the West of England level. Established in 2011, it brings together Voscur, CVS South Gloucestershire, The Care Forum, Voluntary Action North Somerset, Wesport and West of England Rural Network.

The role of the Partnership is to:

  • coordinate VCSE collaboration across the region
  • represent and promote the VCSE’s role in regional strategies and decision-making about wellbeing, jobs, skills, learning opportunities and inclusive growth

Achievements of the Partnership to date:

  • Supported the development of and work of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Supported the development of the LEP Economic Strategy, in particular the approach to supporting Social Inclusion
  • Enabled the development of and supported a successful grant application to the EU Social Fund Building Better Opportunities programme led by Weston College, which has secured £6 million of funding
  • Enabled activity delivered by 25 local VCSE organisations across the West of England to support people furthest from work

The Partnership’s current work includes:

  • representing the VCSE on the EU Structural Investment Funds Committee
  • working with the LEP Skills Group and the Rural and Social Enterprise Sector Group
  • supporting the development of the Industrial Strategy including meetings with Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • supporting the VCSE to engage with the new West of England Mayoral Combined Authority