The Catalyst Forum (VSF)

We are delighted to have been awarded a Lottery grant from their Awards for All scheme for a new exciting programme, called the Catalyst Forum. This funding will enable us to host regular events for representatives of the Voluntary and Community sector in North Somerset to make our communities stronger, more sustainable and more resilient. This forum will give groups a chance to promote to each other what their organisations do, to interact on a regular basis, and ultimately to enable them to develop long-term partnerships and also take action for the community together.

Catalyst forum members will be able to shape the forum’s activity and either lead or participate in its delivery. Where new issues emerge, the Forum will be flexible enough to respond quickly and deliver seminars on the topic.


The Catalyst members will benefit from four specific events which will focus on Innovation, Partnership and Sustainability.


Presentations from the Join the Dots event of 24/06/15 at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.


Community Care Advisors 


Community Connect


North Somerset Online Directory





Winter Action Network


Presentations from the State of the Sector Catalyst Forum at Clevedon Baptist Church on January 19, 2016 with conference Key note speaker and Chair: Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive NAVCA. (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action)


Speakers' presentations:

* VANS welcome and outline of sessions

* The VCSE sector and the challenge we face - Neil Cleeveley, NAVCA

* The West of England Context - Paul Hassan, VOSCUR

* How the CCG is developing to address co-production and VCSE engagement - Mary Adams and Julie Kell, North Somerset CCG

* North Somerset and a new corporate plan - John Wilkinson, North Somerset Council





Does your organisation work with people who struggle during winter time?

The Winter Action Network is all about bringing together organisations that currently (or have potential to) support people who need extra help in the winter. This is not about strategy but is about ‘on the ground’ support.

What’s in it for you? :-


  • A chance to identify where the real problems during winter are for your service users, and an opportunity to input into combatting them alongside others

  • Exclusive, free capacity building sessions for your organisation. 

  • Potential for new partnerships and/or income.

  • Exclusive access to a Volunteer Bank, run by VANS.


If your service users are vulnerable during winter, face disadvantage or could do with a bit of extra help do get involved with this new network, this network is for you. Please contact us to be informed of our next meeting.


Local Commissioning Networks

A “Local Commissioning Network” is “a partnership that represents a significant number of organisations working with children and young people aged 0-19 years old (usually it will be more than 6 and include a school) commissioning the full range of Positive Activities across a wide geographic area or significant centre of population.”


VANS provides tailored support to the the 11 partnerships in North Somerset. To find out more about the Local Commissioning Networks, click here










Health & Wellbeing Network

The North Somerset Health and Wellbeing Forum meets every six months to bring together the organisations and groups involved in the delivery of health and social care services in the area.


The forum gives the groups an opportunity to meet and network and to hear about current issues and strategies that are relevant to them.


Below the presentations from the latest meeting held at Weston Court on October 13th, 2015


Presentation by Mary Adams of the NS CCG

Presentation by Penny Brown of NSCP



Presentations from the Health & Wellbeing Forum of December 1st 2015

Health & Wellbeing Presentation JSNA

Health & Wellbeing Presentation Stakeholder Introduction to Specialised to Commissioning

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