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West Midlands VCS

Support Staffordshire is proud to be one of the key voluntary West Midlands Combined Authority logosector umbrella bodies working together to build links into West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The primary voluntary sector membership and support organisations in Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Redditch, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Cannock Chase, Tamworth, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwickshire have joined forces to ensure that local community groups, volunteers and social enterprises are able to engage effectively with the newly-formed West Midlands Combined Authority.

The agencies – which between them serve a constituency of over 20,000 locally-based community, voluntary, social enterprise and faith-based organisations and close to half a million volunteers – have agreed to work closely to coordinate voluntary sector and civil society input into the Combined Authority’s emerging priorities. The Combined Authority in turn has provided the group with a position on its Public Service Board, which looks at ways in which various sectors can collaborate to improve and streamline public services across the West Midlands.

The group – which operates as WMVCS under the strap-line “networking community and voluntary groups across the West Midlands Combined Authority area” - comprises Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Solihull SUSTAiN, Dudley Council for Voluntary Service, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Bromsgrove and Redditch Network, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations, Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon, Walsall Voluntary Action, Support Staffordshire, Voluntary Action Coventry, and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action.