Defining Councils for Voluntary Services (CVSs)
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What is a CVS?
A CVS is an organisation that supports and brings together local charities and community groups. In London CVSs are borough-based, operating in 29 of the 33 London boroughs. Many (but not all) incorporate a local volunteer centre. Check out the short video above to find out more.
What does a CVS do?
Links local voluntary, community, and faith organisations with public and private sector organisations.
Brings together local charities and community groups through networks and forums, subsequently encouraging collaboration.
Shares information, advice, and funding opportunities.
Offers training and development support for community organisations.
Supports the local voluntary and community sector response to major incidents, or specifically, in times of crisis.
Some CVSs support local residents and communities, i.e., through training, events and other services.
Some also deliver social prescribing services.
Raises the profile of local voluntary, community, and faith organisations. Accordingly, this increases awareness amongst the general public, policymakers and funders.
Represents and advocates significantly for the local voluntary sector.
Provides local insights and further amplifies the voice of communities.
Facilitates collective action to address issues specifically affecting the local community.