Voice and Influence


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Salford is at the forefront in Greater Manchester of effective public sector partnerships with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs).

This has had many benefits for the city, for example in the recent development of the Social Value Charter, in the promotion of the Living Wage Campaign and in the response to the December 2015 floods.

Salford CVS works to support the voice and influence of Salford voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) in the city and beyond. We do this by facilitating VOCAL forums which bring together voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford to develop strategic priorities and collaborative working in the following areas:

VOCAL Leaders have developed a Salford VCSE Manifesto to highlight the ongoing contribution that VCSE organisations can make in Salford. This manifesto challenges partners to continue to engage with and invest in the sector so that local people and communities can help to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the future as equal partners.  This manifesto has been developed by VOCAL VCSE Leaders – a forum facilitated by Salford CVS.

A key ‘ask’ within this manifesto is to:

  • Involve the VCSE sector consistently in decision-making both in the early stages of strategic planning and throughout the ongoing development of new models of service delivery.
  • Recognise the role of the VOCAL forums across the City Partnerships and ensure VOCAL representation and involvement at all City Partnerships.
  • Support the important contributions of VCSE’s in GM Devolution and transformation.

View the Salford VCSE Manifesto and download a copy to display in your organisation.

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Salford CVS & Volunteer Centre
Registered address 
The Old Town Hall 
5 Irwell Place 
Salford, M30 0FN

Tel: 0161 787 7795 
Email: office@salfordcvs.co.uk


Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration.

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