Following work that CVS undertook in early 2018 to raise the profile of the effect of the budget cuts on the Early Help Services delivered by the VCFS. The Chief Executives Network met and discussed how they felt the Council percieved them and there was a desire to work more closely with the Council and raise the profile of the VCFS and in particualr how we could, if given time and support, help the council meet some of its challenges around reduced funding and increasing demand for services.
CVS spoke with Mark Palethope, Acting Executive Director of People at the Council who agreed to have a round table with the Chief Executives Network. In advance of this meeting the Network put together an open letter to the Council (atttached here) which formed the basis of our discussion.
On the 12th July Mark Palethorpe and Nichola Glover-Edge, Director of Commissioning, met with 15 representatives from the VCFS. This was a very productive meeting and there were a number of actions agreed. Notes from this meeting can be found here.
Nichola and I are committed to working together, through the Chief Executives Network and the wider VCFS to implement these actions.
If you are a Chief Executive or the most senior staff member you can join the network here.
The lead staff member for this is Caroline and can be contacted on Caroline.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07792 754904