On 19 May 2016 Team Staffordshire agreed to formally extend and develop its remit.
The group was originally convened in December 2014 to bring together VCSE and other local partners in order to bid to the Building Better Opportunities Fund. This it did successfully in early 2016 and we have recently heard that we have been successful in the Stafford and South Staffordshire area (where the lead partner is Business Enterprise Support, BES).
Building on this success, Team Staffordshire will now seek to work across any appropriate local theme including but not limited to:
- Employability and Skills
- Social Inclusion
- Children, Young People and Families
- Social Care and Older People
- Adults with multiple and complex needs
- Mental Health
Team Staffordshire can be thought of as a collective bidding consortium, a contract management body or a local prime contractor. However our unique ethos is to work collaboratively to avoid duplication of effort or delivery, to build on the capacity of the VCSE sector and avoid displacement by any large corporate interests which have minimal commitment to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Uniquely we do not predetermine who can be a member of the partnership or who will be the ‘prime contractor’. Instead the Core Group decides by consensus who is the most appropriate lead for any particular bidding opportunity. That contract lead partner then pulls together a delivery partnership from across the VCSE sector using all the members and contacts of the Core Group.
We work through a Cooperation Agreement of Core Group members which will now include representatives of frontline delivery partners as well as the eight local support agencies below:
- Support Staffordshire
- Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS)
- South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (SSCVA)
- Sports Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent
- Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
- Engaging Communities (Healthwatch Staffordshire)
- Business Enterprise Support
- Staffordshire Community Foundation
We have also invited a representative of the district/borough local authorities to join the Core Group. In addition, key local partners from Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have an open invitation to attend in an observer capacity.