East Sussex Community Voice

VCSE Alliance

The East Sussex Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Alliance is made up of 15 of the county’s VCSE organisations who have come together with a commitment to work according to the following principles:

  • Collaborative working, accountability and generous leadership.
  • The VCSE is a natural home of co-operation and partnership, and we will work together in a way that is consistent with the values of our sector
  • We empower people and communities to have control of their own lives. We value approaches that are bottom-up, user led, and draw on the strengths and assets of local communities
  • We will tackle inequality and injustice and ensure equality of access to our services for members of all communities
  • We seek benefits for the wider voluntary sector, especially small, local community organisations that form a crucial part of social capital in the county
  • We will develop shared funding opportunities between Alliance members and with other partners including smaller VCSE organisations
  • We seek to build the resilience of the sector so it can thrive and withstand change.


Founder members of the East Sussex VCSE Alliance:
  • Action in rural Sussex (AirS)
  • Age UK East Sussex
  • Amaze
  • Care for the Carers
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • East Sussex Community Voice
  • Home Start East Sussex
  • Possability People
  • The Advocacy People
  • Southdown Housing
  • Sussex Clubs for Young People
  • Sussex Community Development Association
  • Three Voluntary Actions in East Sussex (3VA, Hastings and Rother)

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 in 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 the process for making an application for membership are set out in the Membership Agreement (see link below):

Membership Agreement


VCSE Alliance Development Plan 2021-24

Members of the Alliance have collaborated to co-design a Development Plan to guide their activity over the next three years. This summarises:
  • Context: The current landscape in East Sussex
  • Facts about the Alliance
  • Priorities for development
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Communication
  • Leading and supporting
  • Future development
Please see a copy of the development plan headlines via the link below:

Development Plan 

For more information on the Alliance

For further information, please contact the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Alliance using the details below;

John Routledge, Chair, East Sussex VCSE Alliance
Executive Director, East Sussex Community Voice (ESCV)
07794 573261
Steve Hare, Vice-Chair, East Sussex VCSE Alliance
Chief Executive, Age UK East Sussex
07850 987125


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