Attendees Making Notes on Flip Chart at Our March Conference 2014

Voice and representation

Representing the voluntary and community sector at a local level is a key part of our work. We ensure that our members’ voices and expertise are heard at a range of partnerships, boards, and informal meetings with key people across the local area.

Our members elect representatives from within our membership every two years to undertake this work and we co-opt additional reps as necessary.


Our sector representatives

The last election for representatives for Brighton and Hove took place in November 2016.

In September we will be launching the reps nomination process for 2018 and will inform you about this via our e-lists, website and newsletter.



Help to become a representative

We have an informal shadowing programme for anyone within our membership who is considering standing in a future election or being co-opted.

The shadowing programme gives you the opportunity to meet existing representatives, observe meetings and learn more about the role of a representative.

To find out more about our informal shadowing programme get in touch on or 01273 234023


Key principles for representation

Our representatives work is framed and informed by our key principles for representation (PDF).

These principles speak to a range of stakeholders in the city and promote the unique strengths that the sector has to offer.

They also act as a platform for influencing, a basis for creating policy statements in priority areas and an opportunity to identify interests shared with public sector organisations and local businesses.

We gathered our members views through a number of workshops and through our 2014 members survey. This input shaped five evidence gathering, discussion documents which are organised by our network themes:

To find out more about our representation work get in touch on or 01273 234023 


Small groups and charities

We greatly value the work and impact of small groups and charities locally, and also recognise that they have unique support needs. We’ve worked with our small groups network to develop a position statement which describes what a small group is, and what they need to help them to grow:


Feedback from our representatives

Our representatives provide feedback from the meetings and events they attend on behalf of our members.

Recent feedback includes: