Voluntary groups find their voice

A NEW assembly is being formed to act as a voice for the voluntary and community sector – and local groups are invited to play their part.

Connect4change, a partnership that oversees support services to voluntary groups, is developing the assembly to share and co-ordinate information, champion the views of organisations and enable more engagement and influence with public sector partners.

Consultation is being carried out to determine what the Northumberland VCS Assembly should do and how it will work, as well as make sure it has the broadest possible support from the start.

As part of the discussions, a drop-in session will take place in Stannington next week for organisations and individuals interested in the assembly to find out more and contribute their views.

Connect4change Partner Julie Dodson said: “This is a great opportunity for those involved in voluntary and community organisations to have a say about how they can have a stronger collective voice in the county.

“We hope as many people as possible will come along to the drop-in and talk to us informally – we want everyone’s views.”

The session will be held in Stannington Village Hall, Main Street, on Tuesday, from 5pm to 8pm.

For more information about the assembly, or to complete an online survey, visit www.connect4change.co.uk