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Voice and Influence

GVOC has an important role in ensuring the voluntary and community sector within Gateshead are actively and meaningfully participating in decisions taken within the borough.

This is based on the principle that decisions taken (e.g. by statutory bodies) will be stronger and more effective if the experience and views of the voluntary and community organisations are informing them.

GVOC fulfils this function by:

  • Gathering information about the status, views and services delivered by the voluntary and community sector in Gateshead
  • Providing relevant information about policy, strategy, commissioning intentions and other decisions relevant to the voluntary and community sector in a timely mannerĀ 
  • Providing opportunities for the voluntary and community sector in Gateshead to debate and discuss decisions to be taken and to express their views
  • Ensuring that there are opportunities for the range of views held by the voluntary and community sector are brought to decision makers in order to influence the outcome of decisions by representing the sector
  • Supporting the partnership approach across Gateshead in the design, delivery and evaluation of services

If you would like to ensure that your group or organisation is able to participate in this work or you have any concerns relating to policy and strategy in Gateshead, please contact TrevorAtkinson@gvoc.org.uk