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There are vacancies for voluntary sector representatives for two multi-sector partnerships in Newcastle; Safe Newcastle and the Progression Forum.

Newcastle CVS is looking for two reps to join the Safe Newcastle Board, the city’s community safety partnership. Along with the voluntary sector, Safe Newcastle partners include the city council, Northumbria police, probation services and health services. Safe Newcastle is responsible for carrying out an annual strategic assessment that informs the Safe Newcastle plan. Current priorities include reducing anti-social behaviour, addressing substance misuse and reducing violence against women and girls.

The Progression Forum is a partnership that includes the Newcastle City Council, representatives from primary and secondary schools in the city, Newcastle College, universities and the voluntary sector. The Progression Forum replaced the 14 to 19 Partnership, widening its scope to include key transition points from primary school through to secondary school and onto further education, apprenticeships and employment. There are two voluntary sector representative vacancies for the Progression Forum.

These partnerships offer the opportunity to influence and shape strategy and service delivery in Newcastle. It is important therefore that the voluntary sector is involved and able to provide a confident, informed and representative voice at the table. Voluntary Sector reps will be supported in their role by Newcastle CVS, our forums and networks offering a source for representatives to be accountable to the wider voluntary sector and ensure that they properly reflect voluntary sector opinions, ideas and responses in Newcastle.

Read our Safe Newcastle information sheet and Progression Forum information sheet to find out more about the vacancies. Also check out Representing the Sector on our website. Deadline for expressions of interest forms for both partnerships is 2pm on 24 September 2015.