Greater Manchester leaders in local government, health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) have signed a new GM VCSE Accord to work together in a collaborative way to tackle entrenched inequalities.
The new GM VCSE Accord replaces a previous version of the Accord and a Memorandum of Understanding between the VCSE sector and the Health and Social Care Partnership, both signed in 2017. It sets out an agreement between the Greater Manchester Mayor, Combined Authority and the Greater Manchester Integrated Care System with the VCSE sector, based on a relationship of trust.
This new single, forward facing agreement, builds on the substantial engagement undertaken with our sector to produce the VCSE Policy Paper, which was published in January 2020 and sets out a 10 year vision for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester. The Accord also takes into account our learning and reflections from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 report of the GM Independent Inequalities Commission, the Marmot report ‘Building Back Better in Greater Manchester’, and the development of the GM Integrated Care System (ICS).
The purpose of the new Accord is to further develop how the partners work together to improve outcomes for Greater Manchester’s communities and citizens. The agreement is intended to work in a number of ways, including:
Through a shared understanding of the contribution that VCSE organisations make towards tackling inequality in society, creating a more inclusive economy and addressing the climate crisis
Through the building of effective partnerships and relationships between the statutory sector with VCSE organisations across different geographies (for example GM-wide, district-wide, or in neighbourhoods and communities)
Through a 5-year programme of work which aims to maximise the ability of VCSE organisations to really make a difference in communities and localities
You can find out more and view the final version of the Accord on the GM VCSE Leadership Group website.
You can also view the news article on GMCA's website.