Support Staffordshire was established on 12 January 2015 following the historic merger of six CVS partners across Staffordshire. This saw the creation of six Support Staffordshire offices across the county.
At Support Staffordshire we believe that an effective and influential Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Staffordshire enriches the lives of local people and communities.
Support Staffordshire is a fully inclusive and democratic membership organisation for the entire local VCSE sector. Our membership is open to the whole sector according to our agreed membership criteria, and membership automatically warrants a vote, which amongst other things means that members elect our Board.
We support all VCSE member organisations in three main ways:
- The Advancement of Volunteering for All
- Support and Development Services to VCSE Organisations including Start-ups
- Facilitating Collaboration, Voice and Representation
Our services aim to increase skills and knowledge, harness the drive, enthusiasm and energy of people, to enhance individual and family livelihoods, to build capacity in neighbourhoods & communities and to improve the relationships and resilience of organisations and individuals.
It can be helpful to think of Support Staffordshire as acting like the ‘nuts and bolts’ or the ‘glue’ that holds our sector together, although often our role is much less explicit even than this, rather acting like the microscopic organisms that ensure any ecosystem is able to function healthily.