VCSE Health Alliance – Update Bulletin – March 2024

March 2024

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network

(Formerly the VCSE Health Alliance)

February’s Voluntary Sector Network Meeting

We will have held our February meeting by the time you read this. The meeting will focus on partnerships and consortia and hear from our local organisations about the benefits and processes of collaboration. We are exploring different ways we can encourage joint working. If you have any ideas or questions on this please do let Sandie know. The notes from the meeting will be available on the webpage.

Voluntary sector showcase day

We have set up a day of online sessions for our members to showcase what they do. There are 11 sessions, each is about 30mins long. This has been amazingly popular so we will look at repeating it later in the year. If you want to learn more about the work of your colleagues, you can see the sessions on offer and book your space here:

Organisation Showcase-Thursday  March 14th – sessions through the day 9.30-3.45 (

Project proposals

Thank you to everyone who has sent us their project proposals. For newer members, this is to help us develop a library of proposals that we can use for those pots of money that come through at short notice. The layout of the questions on the form has been designed to encourage collaboration. We have decided to keep submissions open-ended, so please ask Debbie if you would like to receive the template.

Healthier Futures – feedback survey

ICB colleagues are keen to hear about your experience of applying to the Healthier Futures Fund. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will be used to make the process better in future.

Healthier Future’s Fund experience survey (

Voluntary sector strategy

‘Working together for a better future’ is the Integrated Care System’s strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector [1]. The strategy, drafted with input from many members and with support from NAVCA, was published in 2022. NAVCA is now supporting us with a strategic review. This will bring together outputs from our branding engagement exercise and quality assessment, with the final revised strategy and supporting action plan expected this autumn.

Coming soon……

The Network Steering Group are working on final tweaks to our new brand and the community grant scheme is now progressing, after a short unavoidable delay. News on both will be released soon.

Voluntary Sector Network meetings

Here are the dates of our future meetings, please do put them in your diary.

  • 17th April 1-3pm  Peterborough
  • 22nd May 10am-12pm  – St Ives Corn Exchange
  • 26th June 1-3pm  –  Zoom
  • 24th July 1-3pm   –  In person venue TBC
  • 11th September 9.30-11.30am  – Zoom
  • 16th October 10am-12pm  –  In person venue TBC
  • 13th November 1-3pm   – Zoom
  • 11th December 9.30-11.30am   –  Zoom

See here for more information about the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network. You can also find the notes from the February meeting on this page.

Spread the word!

Last but not least, please pass this newsletter on to your team and other groups and organisations who may not yet be Voluntary Sector Network members. Anyone wishing to join should email Debbie

[1] ICS-VCSE-strategy.pdf (

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