Council unveils Haringey Community Collaborative as new VCS capacity-building partner

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Haringey will be stronger, able to attract more funding and deliver better services after the council unveiled a new capacity-building partner.  
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Funded by Haringey Council and the local NHS, the Haringey Community Collaborative (HCC) will be delivered by Public Voice in partnership with Mind in Haringey who, utilising their knowledge and expertise, plan to work creatively and innovatively together for the benefit of the borough’s diverse communities.

Speaking at Mind in Haringey’s HQ on Stapleton Hall Road in Finsbury Park, the newly established HCC pledged to build upon the valued work done by The Bridge Renewal Trust to bolster the sector in Haringey over the last eight years.

They’ve also vowed to:

  • engage residents, the VCS, Haringey Council, the NHS and others to improve services and reduce inequalities
  • involve organisations and residents in all levels of decision making – from identifying priorities and themes for the VCS to the allocation of local grant funding
  • strive to make voices heard and support individuals and communities to flourish

Public Voice and Mind in Haringey were officially announced as the council’s VCS capacity-building partner back in February following a robust and thorough tender process.

Haringey’s new Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Ajda Ovat, attended the event with the Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Peray Ahmet.

Cllr Ovat commented:

I’m delighted to have been appointed the new Cabinet Member for Communities and look forward to working with the Haringey Community Collaborative working in partnership between Public Voice and Mind in Haringey. As a council, we are investing in our Voluntary and Community Sector through a capacity-building partner that understands the specific needs of our different communities to support and develop a vibrant VCS for the benefit of Haringey residents.

With a commitment to – and an emphasis on – transparency, partnership working and capacity building, both organisations recognise the value of building trusting relationships and are ambitious and innovative in their approach to the delivery of this new service.

They have a strong track record of supporting other, smaller VCS organisations through channelling funding to them and providing funding transparency.

Importantly too, they have extensive experience of – and are committed to – co-production and engagement with our diverse communities and service users.

Dan Rogers, CEO of Public Voice, said:

Having worked in partnership with many of the fantastic voluntary and community organisations in the borough over the past 10 years, Public Voice is excited to now be collaborating with Mind in Haringey to support the sector overall.

We’re looking forward to working with the sector, residents and other stakeholders in the coming months to define areas for capacity building that address Haringey community priorities.

The CEO of Mind in Haringey, Lynette Charles, stated:

Mind in Haringey is proud to be part of Haringey’s vibrant, passionate and diverse voluntary and community sector and has been serving the community in Haringey for over 35 years.

We are excited to be partnering with Public Voice to strengthen, sustain, reach and build the borough’s voluntary and community sector.

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