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East Sussex VCSE Alliance

East Sussex Community Voice are proud to host the East Sussex VCSE Alliance.

The East Sussex Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Alliance is made up of 22 of the county’s VCSE organisations.

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Purpose

To speak as one voice, to influence and promote the importance of the VCSE sector, to increase our influence and trust amongst partners. All members are active participants and commit to work according to the following principles; Collaboration, Accountability, Generous Leadership.

Vision

To have created an ecosystem where services are designed, commissioned and delivered in true collaboration between the VCSE and statutory partners for the benefit of our communities and wider voluntary sector.

Mission

We will tackle inequality and injustice in society by developing our strategic relationships and working with statutory partners to empower people and communities to have control of their own lives and ensure equality of access to our services for everyone.

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The Alliance has been busy since being awarded three years funding by East Sussex County Council in 2021. Here are a few highlights from our journey so far.

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Alliance priorities for 2024

Financial Inclusion and Cost of Living

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Strategic focus, considering steps to address the causes of financial exclusion, adopting a collaborative approach to commissioning money advice services and reviewing training and information available to staff and members of the public on the range of welfare information, support and benefits available.

Social Prescribing

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Ensuring social prescribing services are accessible to all, consistent and recognised within the healthcare system as proactive and preventative services, with a recognised and valuedworkforce and ecosystem. Services will have a positive and lasting impact on peoples’ lives, health and wellbeing and help tackle health inequalities through empowering and enabling individuals and communities.

Sector Resilience

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Understanding East Sussex’s resilience position, reviewing commissioning, asset transfer and external funding and investment opportunities, our place within local VCSE networks and programmes and developing our strategic position with our statutory partners.

Current member of the East Sussex VCSE Alliance can be found below:

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Action in rural Sussex (AirS)
An independent charity that exists for all people living in rural areas, especially those at risk of isolation and/or disadvantage; building stronger and more inclusive communities across Sussex

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Age UK East Sussex

An independent, locally-focused charity, led by the needs and aspirations of those in later life; our vision is that East Sussex is a great place to grow older

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Amaze  

Gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and also supports young people with SEND up to age of 25 

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Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC)  

Run by women for women, providing practical and specialist services for self-identifying women since 1974

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Care for the Carers  

Providing a range of services to help local carers, as well as give information, support and advice, so that no one has to care alone

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Citizens Advice Bureau  

Providing confidential, impartial advice and campaigning on big issues affecting people’s lives. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever the problem 

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Diversity Resource International 

​Helping people from migrant and culturally diverse communities access services; listening to our community’s changing needs and working with others to redesign processes and structures that lead to discrimination, abuse and intolerance

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East Sussex Community Voice 

Listen to and enable communities to have their say and bring about positive change

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East Sussex Vision Support  

East Sussex Vision Support is a charity that supports blind and partially sighted people across East Sussex Brighton and Hove 

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Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC)

An independent charity providing free and confidential end to end Welfare Benefit specialist advice and representation 

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Home Start East Sussex  

Facilitates the increased safety, wellbeing, confidence and independence of East Sussex families that have experienced adversity, via a range of one-to-one and group services 

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Little Gate

Little Gate enables adults and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to fulfil their work potential. This entails pre-employment training, work experience and routes into work through Supported Employment 

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Possability People  

Supporting people to live independently without prejudice

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Southdown Housing  

Not-for-profit specialist provider of housing, care and support across Sussex since 1972  

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Sussex Community Development Association  

Established in 1997, SCDA works across Sussex, running community based projects aimed at addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in the community 

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The Advocacy People  

An independent charity that protects people’s rights, supporting them to have their voice heard 

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Warming Up The Homeless  

Helping people without a home by providing items to support basic needs, giving emotional support and preventing harm to health by signposting and referring to other services as necessary

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Wave

Inspiring active lifestyles in the heart of the community, Wave helps people achieve health goals their way, with access to inclusive services across East Sussex that make putting health and fitness first, easy

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Wayfinder Woman

Help women take control of their lives by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and strength to step into who they aspire to be and help employers be the best they can be in creating an environment where women can thrive

And the three Voluntary Actions working across East Sussex:

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3VA 

Supporting charities and community groups in Wealden, Lewes District and Eastbourne

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HVA

The infrastructure organisation for the VCSE sector in Hastings. It provides support to individuals and organisations and enables local groups to develop, network and work in partnership 

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RVA 

Champions local individuals, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and support them to fulfil their potential and make a difference in our community

Membership Agreement

The VCSE Alliance Membership Agreement provides a framework for Alliance members to work collaboratively together and with other partners. It may be modified at any time by agreement of a simple majority of members.

Additional organisations may join the Alliance at any time if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They are independently constituted community, voluntary or social enterprise organisations;
  2. They work to support beneficiaries and communities living across the county of East Sussex;
  3. They are willing to be an active participant in partnership activities of the Alliance and work with the Alliance agreed Principles of Collaborative working, Accountability and Generous Leadership.

Details of how to join the Alliance can be found in the Membership Agreement (see link below) – to request an Alliance Application form, please contact the Alliance at esvcsealliance@escv.org.uk

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Contact the East Sussex VCSE Alliance

For further information, please contact the Alliance at esvcsealliance@escv.org.uk, if you need to contact the Chair, Vice-Chair or Alliance Development officer please use the details below;

Jennifer Twist, Chair, East Sussex VCSE Alliance
Chief Officer, Care for the Carers
jennifert@cftc.org.uk    
01323 738390

Steve Hare, Vice-Chair, East Sussex VCSE Alliance
Chief Executive, Age UK East Sussex
steve.hare@ageukeastsussex.org.uk 
07850 987125

Anna McCollin More, East Sussex VCSE Alliance
East Sussex VCSE Alliance Development Officer
anna.mccollin-moore@escv.org.uk
07983 855324