Aims and Objectives.

The 6 core activities undertaken by all CVS are as follows:

Activity 1: Understanding the voluntary sector 
The CVS holds up to date information on the profile of the voluntary sector in their area, is familiar with the sector’s main concerns and needs, understands the policy context in relation to the sector and identifies the economic value of the voluntary sector locally.
    • Core activity: CVS holds up to date information on the voluntary sector locally
    • Core activity: CVS understands the policy context in relation to the voluntary sector locally
Activity 2: Communicating with the voluntary sector
The CVS provides relevant and up-to-date information to the voluntary sector locally, facilitates networking between organisations and promotes opportunities for them to respond to emerging issues and consultations.
    • Core activity: CVS provides relevant and up-to-date information to the voluntary sector, reviews needs regularly and develops an action plan
    • Core Activity: CVS facilitates networking between organisations
Activity 3: Representing the interests of the voluntary sector locally
The CVS works to ensure its representation at the strategic level of its local Community Planning Partnership and facilitates voluntary sector participation in thematic Community Planning forums, as well as providing or facilitating voluntary sector representation on Rural Partnerships and Social Economy Partnerships as appropriate.  The CVS works with other intermediary organisations and the public and private sectors to ensure the views and interests of the voluntary sector locally are represented
    • Core activity: CVS works to ensure its representation at the strategic level of its local Community Planning Partnership
    • Core Activity: Conduct a standard survey to establish the views of the voluntary sector locally on CVS effectiveness in representing their interests
Activity 4: Providing support services
The CVS provides support services to the voluntary sector locally on business planning, legal frameworks, management and monitoring and evaluation and supports the generation of additional income for the sector.
    • Core Activities: CVS provides support services to the voluntary sector locally on business planning, legal frameworks, management and monitoring and evaluation
    • Core Activity: CVS supports the generation of additional income for the voluntary sector locally
Activity 5: Promoting Good Practice
The CVS develops the skills and knowledge of those operating at all levels of the voluntary sector locally, seeking to improve standards in management, policy implementation and service delivery through training events for staff and volunteers and a range of resource materials to promote good practice.
    • Core activity CVS develops the skills and knowledge of those operating at all levels of the voluntary sector locally
    • CVS seeks to improve standards in management, policy implementation and service delivery through training events for staff and volunteers
Activity 6: Growing the sector
The CVS supports the emergence of new groups in response to local issues and needs and strengthens the capacity of existing organisations through training and support.
    • Core activity CVS supports the emergence of new groups in response to local issues and needs
    • Core Activity: CVS strengthens the capacity of existing organisations through training and support