Posted: December 2, 2020

Dear Colleagues  


I hope this message finds you safe and well, as we continue to take this unprecedented journey together.   


It has certainly been a challenging time and the HBBC/VCS Partnership wishes to thank our partners both Voluntary and Statutory for responding so successfully to the various calls for action to support the most vulnerable members across our community over the past 12 months.  Through our collective efforts we have done our best to stay in touch through telephone calls, and online sessions, as we have not wanted anyone to feel lonely or isolated; we’ve made sure essential food and medication has been delivered; promoted an extensive range of campaigns and resources to support good mental health and physical wellbeing, and most recently ensuring people can get to their vaccine appointments with our brilliant community transport providers.    


Since 2012 The Partnership, through its database, events, and unique VCS Commissioning programme, has enabled networking and a whole wealth of collaborative community work and has strived to enable new ideas to develop and flourish. This in turn has created opportunities for our Community Volunteers, new and old, to offer their time and skills, with this last year seeing exceptional creativity and innovation to ensure our community has been supported in the best possible way.    


The last year has identified new and different needs in our community, so as we move appropriately and safely out of Government lockdown measures in the coming year, be assured our VCS Partnership Recovery Plan, including our Commissioning Programme will be shaped through ongoing consultation with our VCS family.   


In further developing our offer and responding to the increasing and varying needs of our community, I am pleased to introduce our new partner to the VCS Partnership ‘The Rural Community Council’.  As many of you will be aware the RCC is a well-established and valued Charitable organisation, which have supported our community for many years, and therefore bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. 

Initially, the RCC will be working with us to help refresh and expand our VCS Partnership database, the key mechanism through which we communicate with you and your colleagues across the VCS with up-to-date information about the VCS Partnership.  

As a starting point for this process, we want to ensure that the data we hold is up to date and that anyone no longer wishing to be contacted by the Partnership is removed from our database.  

If any of the contact details for you or your group have changed, or if you would like to be added/removed from our refreshed VCS database, please e-mail us at

Otherwise, we look forward to being in touch soon with news about opportunities for the VCS Partnership over the coming year. 


Please cascade to your own networks.  


Best wishes,  


Shani Smith 

Chief Officer  

Next Generation


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