In consultation with the voluntary sector we have transformed our voluntary sector forums to offer a monthly Friday Forum. This has proved highly successful and enables groups with different interests to come together explore local issues, with a view joint working.
Agendas have been varied, and have included the themes of Welfare Reform, Health Inequalities, Quality Assurance, and the reform of Southampton City Council grants. The Friday Forum, and other voluntary sector events, alongside our network of local organisations means SVS is well placed to provide a representative sector voice into a number of the city’s Strategic Partnerships. This ensures decision makers are hearing the sector’s views, concerns and innovative solutions as they form local plans.
Our Friday Forum meetings occur on the 1st Friday of every month, from 9:30am-12pm at Southampton Voluntary Services, Kingsland Square, St Mary's, Southampton, SO14 1NW