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Voluntary and Community Sector

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in County Durham is widespread and diverse. It works to improve the lives of people in the county and support their communities. Much of this activity is undertaken in partnership with public sector organisations.

County Durham Compact

The County Durham Compact (PDF, 159kb) outlines the principles and commitments which guide the working relationship between the public and voluntary and community sectors.

Better Together Forum

The Better Together Forum brings together senior representatives of larger or specialist VCS organisations with a countywide remit to share best practice and look for new opportunities to collaborate. It is chaired by the VCS representative on the County Durham Partnership Board. 

You can find further information on the forum meetings on the Durham Community Action website: Better Together VCS Forum .

VCS Infrastructure Support

Support for VCS organisations is available from a variety of sources. Funding has been allocated to Durham Community Action for the coordination and provision of a volunteer centre, they also provide advice, support and assistance to frontline groups operating in the VCS and to various communities of interest.

Information sharing

Durham Community Action provide regular News items relevant for VCS organisations. You can also sign up to their monthly e-bulletin Durham Community News

Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham. Regular e-bulletins are issued with a wide range of information, training, activities, events and consultations. To sign up email: 

County Durham Volunteering

Volunteering can help to develop your skills, improve your quality of life, allow others to benefit from your skills and provide an opportunity for you to improve your community.  For more information about volunteering for all ages in County Durham contact Durham Community Action who provide a one stop shop for volunteering. You can search for volunteering opportunities or organisations, learn more about volunteering or find out about events and meetings in County Durham for volunteers by visiting County Durham Volunteering.

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