Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector Alliance

The Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Alliance is a group made up of representatives from the VCFSE in each of the five localities of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System and other VCFSE organisations; from Lancashire County Council; from Health and Well-being Boards across Lancashire and South Cumbria; and from the Integrated Care System executive team.

The Alliance meets twice a month to share information and best practice, to discuss challenges and how to solve them, to give feedback and updates on projects happening in the five localities and to work together on coordinating our vision and strategies so we work together more effectively as a partnership. Organisations working on projects that align with the aims of the Alliance are regularly invited to share information, which results in collaborative working and greater understanding of how to work together.

Bringing together all of the sectors supporting the health and well-being of Lancashire and South Cumbria residents means that organisations who plan and deliver any kind of care can work as partners. The Alliance has big ambitions for the future of partnership working between organisations, and is working hard to put them into practice.

The Alliance is independently chaired by Peter Armer. Read Peter's statement about the VCFSE Alliance


This page provides a summary of the collaborative working taking place to build this important partnership.


  • Peter Armer- Independent Chair
  • Yak Patel - ICP Lead, Morecambe Bay
  • Tracy Hopkins - ICP Lead, Fylde Coast
  • Joe Hannett - ICP Lead, Central Lancashire
  • Angela Allen - ICP Lead, Pennine Lancashire
  • Greg Mitten - ICP Lead, West Lancashire
  • Garth Hodgkinson - Chief Executive, Community CVS
  • Christine Blythe - Chief Executive, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale CVS
  • Vicky Shepherd - Chief Executive, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen
  • Adrian Leather - Chief Executive, Active Lancashire
  • Colin Ranshaw - Third Sector Representative, Cumbria Health and Well-being Board
  • Jozi Brown - Senior Engagement Officer, Cumbria CVS
  • Lynne Johnstone - Policy, Information and Commissioning Senior Manager, Lancashire County Council
  • Fiona Cruchley - Community Projects Manager, Lancashire County Council
  • Neil Greaves - Head of Communications and Engagement, Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS
  • Chantelle Bennett - Community Participation and Engagement Manager, Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS

IVAR Test and Learning Programme

Partners are working with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research to support the development of partnerships between voluntary, community and faith sector organisations and Primary Care Networks in local neighbourhood areas. This programme aims to support the sharing of learning in a focused group of Primary Care Networks from each of the five areas of Lancashire and South Cumbria with all 41 Primary Care Networks across the system.

To find out more about this programme please contact: healthier.lsc@nhs.net.



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