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Council approves new strategy with support of valued voluntary sector

Council approves new strategy with support of valued voluntary sector

04 May 2020
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Wokingham Borough Council, together with its valued partners within the voluntary sector and amazing local volunteers, is providing vital help and support to vulnerable residents in need across Wokingham borough during this current crisis.


The council has always supported the voluntary sector throughout the borough, both practically and financially, with an additional 3% allocated to the sector from the council budget this year. Their new Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) strategy, which was approved by its decision-making executive last week, is a major step forward in the council’s plans to build on these relationships within the sector to continue to provide help and support that is tailored to improve the lives of our residents


The Voluntary and Community Sector strategy has vulnerable residents at its heart. It is focused on connecting people, places and services in the community to enable people to live healthy, active and independent lives for as long as possible while maximising their potential.


The council, in partnership with local charity Involve, undertook an in-depth consultation with key stakeholders, including 250 local charities and organisation, to help them to deliver this co-produced strategy.  £1.25million is currently allocated annually by the council to support 22 volunteer organisations. 


Investing in the right community support is key and the strategy look at ways the council can continue to improve the quality of life of their residents by reviewing how they commission services for the next five years.

The strategy prioritises the promotion of a strong and dedicated sector that enables our vulnerable adults to be supported as early as possible, focusing on creating resilient communities.


“Our vibrant and effective voluntary and community sector have supported our residents over many years and I am very proud of the way in which we have been able to work in partnership with them during this current crisis to ensure that food and other essentials are reaching those in need through our borough,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services.


“We are contacting our vulnerable residents to ensure they are supported and redeploying our staff to provide support within the voluntary sector, as well a working hard to ensure care homes and providers have the correct PPE while offering them further help and support when needed”


“During the current crisis, we have increased our support, both practical and financial, to the community sector. Working in partnership with them, we have accomplished great things in a short space of time and our voluntary strategy aims to develop this partnership further moving forward. We will continue to review how best support to those voluntary and community groups to help vulnerable people across the borough.”


To find out more about adult social care visit www.wokingham.gov.uk


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