Wokingham Borough Council has today announced the launch of a five week consultation that will help shape its new voluntary sector strategy.
The consultation, which is being carried out in partnership with local charity Involve, is seeking feedback from both those who lead voluntary and community groups as well as residents across the borough that are supported by them.
“We welcome the council’s consultation which offers a great opportunity to address the needs of the voluntary sector and look at ways they can continue to best support those groups to help vulnerable people across the borough,” said Philip Cook, general manager at Involve.
The council’s in-depth consultations with key stakeholder will help them to deliver a co-produced strategy which will give opportunities for transformation within the sector and look at how they commission services for the next five years.
“We are truly blessed in the Wokingham Borough to have a vibrant and effective voluntary and community sector who have supported our residents over many years,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services.
“We want to assure you that we are not cutting funding to the sector. This is however a time of great change in the delivery of health and social care service, both locally and nationally and this strategy will allow is to provide more certainty over for the funding for the voluntary and community sector groups moving forwards”.
The council is looking to deliver a strategy that has vulnerable residents at its heart which brings the voluntary and community sector together and maximises their potential. 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.
A detailed survey has been produced by the council which will be available on the council website until 27 November for anyone involved in the sector to take part
They will also be hosting a series of themed workshops throughout the consultation with details provided via the Involve newsletter which you can sign up to via their website
To take part in the consultation visit the www.wokingham.gov.uk and search consultations.