VCFSE partnership vision and values

The vision and values below are currently draft and voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations are being involved in discussions where these can be shaped and amended in a genuinely collaborative way which is in the spirit of the vision and values below. If any organisation or partner would like to provide feedback on these you can email your local VCFSE Alliance lead so this can contribute to this developing work. 


We believe all lives in Lancashire and South Cumbria have equal value however, not all our population have access to equal opportunities. This inequality has a dramatic impact on our health outcomes and the demands we make on our health and care system.


Our Vision is:

  • To improve the lives of people in our communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria, by developing an effective, transformative partnership between the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership and the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector.

    To be an effective transformation partner, the VCFSE sector across Lancashire and South Cumbria will be Connected, Influential and Supported in health and care integration and beyond.

    We will utilise the strength, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation and knowledge of the sector to be a permanent transformation partner. 



VCFSE organisations and leaders will be supported to establish and develop relationships, to create effective partnerships with each other.

Capable and competent VCFSE infrastructure will be created and supported at all levels of our system to support and actively pursue shared priorities, with clear accountability to peers, partners and our communities.

Specialist VCFSE organisations, networks and groups which represent and connect with marginalized people and communities who are seldom heard, under or mis-represented, will be key drivers of transformation.

System partner strategic leads, SROs and programme leads at all levels will be identifiable, communicative and empowered to work with VCFSE organisations and partnerships.



A system transformation Programme to influence and facilitate greater collaboration between the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership and the VCFSE Sector will be established.

The Programme aim will be; To establish the role of the VCFSE sector as a key strategic partner in the transformation of health, care and wellbeing, and drive significant investment and other resources into the sector.

Effective mechanisms will be created to enable interested VCFSE organisations to be aware of and contribute to the vision, goals and plans of system partners and empower appropriate active participation.



Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership will provide resources to support the transformation Programme, delivered by an impartial VCFSE infrastructure, which Cohort 3 aims to co-create.

System partners, at all levels, will be aware of the partnership agreement which will exist, and the role they play. Appropriate data sharing agreements will be developed. 

Models for designing and procuring services with the VCFSE will be reviewed and developed in partnership with the sector to maximise the innovation and impact which VCFSE models can deliver to benefit people and communities and our system. 



Our behaviours

The refreshed LSC VCFSE Alliance will:



  • Reframe conversations and encourage our Health and Care Partnership to maximise its use of our knowledge and resources.
  • Enable the voice of VCFSE organisations and groups to be heard across the LSC Health and Care Partnership
  • People and communities are at the heart of initiatives seeking to improve their lives, by collaborating to create local, shared ownership of relevant and sustainable solutions.




  • Be direct, honest and constructive. Challenging behaviours and ways of working to drive change quickly and effectively.

  • Particularly where appropriate opportunities to be less medicalised or less bureaucratised are identified.

  • Such challenge will be meaningful and impactful, focusing on the right things to challenge, not for its own sake.


  • Be relationship-driven to develop strong partnerships within the sector and across the LSC Health and Care Partnership.

  • Be open and transparent in pursuing the vision.


  • Be action and outcomes-driven, and accountable to our peers.



What does good look like?

  • The leader groups at place and the Alliance at system are key to involving the sector.

  • It won’t work unless you take the opportunities to be involved and support it.

  • Inclusivity, some of this is over to you now.

  • Get involved in the design of the future Alliance.

  • Create how the sector works together and with partners. 

  • Review dates and opportunities to contribute will be arranged.


If any organisation or partner would like to provide feedback on these you can email your local VCFSE Alliance lead so this can contribute to this developing work. 

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