Connect, inform, be heard - become a VCS rep

24 Nov 2016

Are you involved with a Lewisham voluntary and community organisation - as a trustee, volunteer or paid worker?


Would you like to be more involved in decisions that matter to your beneficiaries?


Lewisham's voluntary and community sector needs a strong voice to influence positive outcomes for local people.


Voluntary sector representatives play a big part in ensuring that the sector's voice is heard and able to influence local decision making affecting the wellbeing of Lewisham residents. They regularly attend strategic networks, boards and meetings in the borough that can include a number of agendas - from children, young people and families, health and social care to neighbourhoods and community and crime and safety.


We've been reviewing VCS representation on the many strategic boards in the borough, and are inviting you to put yourself forward to represent the sector on one or more of these boards or groups.


What does it involve?

The accountability arrangements and roles will vary for different boards or groups. In general it involves:

  • attending meetings, ensuring the views of the sector are heard in the discussions and decision-making
  • reporting back to the sector through VAL using a standard online form
  • a year’s service (some have been involved a lot longer)
  • occasionally seeking the views of other VCS groups via our forums to find out what the concerns or views of the sector as a whole may be.


What's in it for you?

You will

  • gain insight as you operate at the forefront of borough-wide developments
  • deepen your knowledge in a particular themed area of work
  • gain new opportunities to network and build relationships
  • develop your skills in representation and advocacy. 


Interested in applying?

To find out more contact