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Voluntary Sector Forum

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The Voluntary Sector Forum is a forum where voluntary and community organisations (VCO) providing a service in Basingstoke and Deane.  Open to representatives from local groups but please advise administration of your intended attendance via

Your next BVA Voluntary Sector Forum is on:

30th January 2019

4.30-6.30pm: Cedar Room


  1. Welcome and refreshments: Pat Fitzsimons CEO BVA
  2. Making Every Adult Matter: MEAM Laura Greason, MEAM
  3. Basingstoke Consortium: Cath Longhurst, CEO
  4. Partnership space – do you have anything to share; do you need anything?
  5. AOB


The agenda will include time to catch up on hot topics, discuss borough and community news and share views and information with one another and the BVA team. Volunteer Centre and Group Development teams will also give updates and the usual refreshments will be available.

Voluntary Sector Forums Dates for 2019

Jan 30 2019

BVA always welcome suggestions of subjects for upcoming VSFs from member organisations, so if you have anything to share, or want to know more about about the next Voluntary Sector Forum please contact us.

Voluntary Sector Forums aim to promote the Voluntary and Community Sector within the Borough by:

  • Promoting partnership working in the sector and with other agencies
  • Promoting and celebrating voluntary and community activity in the Borough
  • Promoting volunteering as a worthwhile and rewarding activity.

The Forum does this through Supporting all members through an annual programme providing information, updates and on-going professional development.

  • Enabling voluntary and community groups to come together to exchange information, share ideas and address issues of mutual interest and importance.
  • Facilitate dialogue between partners and develop links with prospective partners.
  • Giving the sector a bigger voice and more effective representation at a strategic level.
  • Influencing local strategies that will bring community benefit.
  • Making best use of sector skills, resources, information and expertise by working co-operatively.

Membership of the forum is open to representatives of voluntary and community organisations in Basingstoke and Deane and individuals from interested parties. The Forum meetings format is a mix of Presentations, Consultations, Networking and Partnerships Working together for a stronger community voice.

Voluntary Sector Forum

Guest Speakers Training and Workshops Networking Opportunities
Risk Assessment Workshop Panel Discussion Workshop

Regular meetings are held at the Orchard throughout the year with agendas circulated prior to meetings.

Previous meetings have included presentations and discussions around Commissioning, Funding availability and applications, Business Plans, Healthwatch Hampshire, Pensions and Auto Enrolment plus Data Sharing Awareness.

Previous Voluntary Sector Forums


4 July 2018
Catherine Waters-Clark – Founder and CEO of Inspero gave a presentation on  The Queen’s Award followed by Q & A

Bridget Phelps provided updates on BVA and an update on Health and Wellbeing.

7 February 2018

Updates were given on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership and the Older People’s Partnership.

BVA is now administering the Community Learning training programs as well as many other courses.


Health & Social Care Newsletter Feb18

11 October 2017
 Bridget Phelps provided updates on governance and legal issues for charities. Minutes
2 August 2017
Ceri Adams and Sue Washington from BDBC outlined the Borough Council’s Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Award scheme Minutes
7 June 2017
Sarah Robinson, from BVA Volunteer Centre (VC) presented on Connecting communities and business with volunteering.

Kevin Laing, BVA Group Development provided an Introduction to new BVA website and CRM features

1 February 2017

Olivia Barnes and Jess Dwyer, Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, gave an Introduction to iTalk Wellbeing Workshops.

Gilda McIntosh provided an update on the Health and Wellbeing Partnership

7 December 2016
Luke Higley and Jane Taylor from BCOT outlined the Future Pathways scheme and opportunities for volunteer placements with local groups

From the BDBC economic development team, Andy Dowling and Lisa Edwards discussed engagement with the local business community.

5 October 2016
We had a charity showcase from Natalie Roebuck from The Royal Voluntary Service

Marion Short gave an outline of the new Health and Wellbeing plan and there will be an introduction from the BVA Volunteer Centre team to our new volunteer website and database.

3 August 2016
The main item was a question and answer session with the new Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety, Cllr Simon Bound.

Outlining The Mayor’s Community Chest, in partnership with BVA, we welcomed Cllr Jane Frankum, Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane

1 June 2016
Sue Dovey, Chief Executive of Action Hampshire delivered an informative session on being more business-like and improving your organisation’s sustainability. The not-for-profit sector in 2016
6 April 2016
Mark Jones, former editor of The Gazette joined us to share how best to raise your groups profile through the local media, and HugoFox introduced an exciting new community website resource.

Amy Brown, of Hampshire County Council  outlined FareShare, a successful food redistribution scheme which now has a hub in Basingstoke.


Media Briefing – Mark Jones

Useful Media Contacts

27 January 2016
Knowing our communities and supporting groups

Presentations were given by Sally Kenyon – BDBC highlighting features of the recently published Indices of Multiple Deprivation, and Kip Parker – Raileasy introducing new fundraising initiative Train Tickets For Charity


CAB AGM Statistics

Train Tickets for Charity Presentation

Bridget Phelps provided updates on governance and legal issues​



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