Voluntary Sector Service at The Care Forum

If we were not informed about surveys and consultations, we would miss the opportunity to participate. The Care Forum enable this participation”. – VCSE worker, Bristol

What we do

The VSS is the only team to provide specialist strategic health and social care intelligence to service planners and providers who want to deliver effective, connected, informed services.

We strengthen information flow and share innovation and good practice to improve inclusion, understanding and collaboration across health and wellbeing services in order to help make services as effective as they can be.

We promise voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and commissioners that they can count on us for specialist, strategic health and wellbeing intelligence to improve inclusion understanding and collaboration.

Get in touch

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

  • By email: vss@thecareforum.org.uk
  • By telephone: 0117 958 9318
  • By mail: Dialogue Team, The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Where next?

Organisations we work with

Healthier TogetherNorth Somerset CouncilVOSCUR
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGSirona Care and Health
Bristol Independent Mental Health Network
Bristol City CouncilBristol Community HealthBristol Ageing Better
South Gloucestershire CouncilCVS South GloucestershireVoluntary Action North Somerset

Aim and Objectives

The overarching aim of the service is to improve joint working and collaboration across the health and wellbeing system. To achieve this we:

  • Address barriers for smaller and excluded providers to enable them to articulate needs and gaps – in particular this includes voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups
  • Strengthen the dialogue and information flow between those who provide services and those who plan them
  • Share innovation and good practice

Our approach

In line with the values of The Care Forum, we seek to work in a way which is:

Independent

speaking up and being a trusted voice, particularly reflecting the views of those with least power or influence

Relevant

grounding our work in the wider national and regional context

Flexible

being alive and responsive to opportunities for positive change

Transparent

being open about our work

Connected

delivering our work through partnership and co-production

Inclusive

promoting ways of working that do not exclude groups from taking part

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Healthwatch Bristol Annual Conference 2019

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Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 (Evening)

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Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 – (Day)

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Better Care Stronger Communities Funding Scoping Event 6 March 2019

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The Children, Young People and Families Partnership feedback to draft strategy 4th March 2019

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Sirona care & health working with the Voluntary Sector 28th February

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Sirona care & health working with the Voluntary Sector 19th February

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Networking, co-production, relationships

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Information

“What a fantastic and informative newsletter, thank you.” – VCSE worker, South Gloucestershire The VSS works to keep the voluntary sector informed on key issues. The Key documents section below…

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News and updates

VSS News 12 Feb 19 – Changes to the Mental Health Partnership in South Gloucestershire 11 Feb 19 – Introduction to the Long Term Plan 1 Nov 18 – South…

Read more News and updates

Understanding Prostate Cancer 8th June

Did you know: You are 2.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father or brother had it? 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer. Please…

Read more Understanding Prostate Cancer 8th June

Healthwatch Bristol Annual Conference 2019

“Healthwatch 360o” Healthwatch Bristol Annual Conference 2019 Agenda 09:30 – 10:00 Sign In / Refreshments 10:00 Welcome & Introductions, Housekeeping – Sarah Ambe – Introduction to Stallholders 10:30 – Keynote…

Read more Healthwatch Bristol Annual Conference 2019

Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 (Evening)

  North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is committed to providing outpatient services that are responsive to the needs of patients, ensuring communication is effective and care and treatment is provide…

Read more Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 (Evening)

Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 – (Day)

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is committed to providing outpatient services that are responsive to the needs of patients, ensuring communication is effective and care and treatment is provide with…

Read more Out Patient improvement workshops: 14 March 2019 – (Day)

Better Care Stronger Communities Funding Scoping Event 6 March 2019

  South Gloucestershire Council has a track-record of working with and supporting local voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) organisations. The current Better Care Stronger Communities Grants have offered stability to…

Read more Better Care Stronger Communities Funding Scoping Event 6 March 2019

The Children, Young People and Families Partnership feedback to draft strategy 4th March 2019

The draft version of South Gloucestershire’s Early Help Strategy for Children, Young People & Families (2019-2024) sets out proposed principles, intentions and areas of focus for the council and partner…

Read more The Children, Young People and Families Partnership feedback to draft strategy 4th March 2019

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Read more Sirona care & health working with the Voluntary Sector 28th February

Sirona care & health working with the Voluntary Sector 21st Feburary

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Sirona care & health working with the Voluntary Sector 19th February

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