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.
- Your Community Works Representatives (PDF)
Launching soon! Community Works Reps’ Nominations 2022
Over next couple of weeks, we’re opening our next round of reps elections and will be publishing a nomination pack. It will publicised via our e-lists, website and newsletter so watch this space!
In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about our representatives’ work please contact Magda Pasiut:
“Being a rep gives an insight into the strategic workings of the City enabling decision making to benefit from the unique perspective of the CVS, promoting the work we do and the impact it has, I have learned a lot from being a rep and enjoyed some real successes in influencing the City in a way that makes it more inclusive, representative and fairer for all.”
Joanna Martindale: VCS Rep on the Health and Wellbeing Board in B&H and Communities – including neighbourhoods and economic inequality Rep
Health and Wellbeing Board VCS Reps
In September 2021, Joanna Martindale from Hangleton & Knoll Project and Tom Lambert from The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove have been elected by Community Works Reps as VCS representatives on the Health and Wellbeing Board in Brighton and Hove.
The panel of reserve members who may contribute their knowledge in advance of meetings for the Reps to draw upon and attend in lieu if the Reps are unable to attend a meeting include:
- Caroline Ridley (Impact Initiatives)
- Geraldine Des Moulins (Possability People)
- Gray Hutchins (Clare Project)
- Mark Strong (Brighton Bike hub)
- Nora Mzaoui (Wellsbourne Healthcare CIC)
- Val Cane (Working 50+)
If there any issues you would like them to raise on behalf of your organisation and communities you support please email Magda Pasiut: email@example.com
Warm welcome to our newly co-opted Reps
Our sector representatives
Our members elect representatives from within our membership every two years to undertake this work and we co-opt additional reps as necessary. The next election will take place in 2020.
If you would like to find out more about the process or our representatives’ work please contact Magda Pasiut:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Recently, our Reps Council have been developed ‘Key Messages and Recommendations’ to support them in their work of engaging with politicians in the run up to the local elections in Brighton and Hove in May 2019.
To find out more about our representation work get in touch on email@example.com 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.