Sunderland Networks

Sunderland Voluntary Sector Networks

A Voluntary and Community Sector Network (VCS) is a fantastic resource for any local voluntary or community group.  There are VCS Networks in Washington, the Coalfields, the East, West and North of the city of Sunderland (See below to find the information about your local VCS Network).

The Networks offer you and your group the opportunity to:

  • Develop your work and organisation or group
  • Find out about the latest funding opportunities and local community developments from the Council and other partners
  • Work with other groups to build partnership opportunities and support for your work
  • Promote the work you are doing to the Council and other organisations in the area
  • Raise issues and the challenges you face in the local community and be part of finding solutions

Area Community Development Leads support the Area Coordinators within Sunderland City Council’s Scrutiny & Area Arrangements Team in the development and implementation of Sunderland’s approach to Area Governance Arrangements.  The Area Community Development Leads work with elected members, officers and partners at an area level to enable the development and delivery of the Area Committee’s Local Area Priorities.  In addition the Area Community Development Leads support the Area Voluntary and Community Sector Networks and actively work with Voluntary and Community Sectors groups and organisations to enhance their capacity to play an active role in the work of the Area Committee.

Click here to see the local area priorities across the city 2015-2016.

There are lots of ways to get involved in our local Network

  • You can attend one of the regular meetings to network and promote your work
  • Receive email bulletins keeping you up to date on the latest opportunities and developments
  • Speak to one of your 3 local VCS Reps for support and guidance – please see below to meet your local reps.

Check out the information about the individual Networks below:

Choose an area for Local Networks
Washington Area

The Washington Area Community Development Lead – Karon Purvis
Email: karon.purvis@sunderland.gov.uk      Telephone: 0191 561 2449

There are 3 reps for the Washington Area – Click here to find out who they are, what they do and how to get in contact with them!

Click here to see the Local Priorities 2016 – 2017 for the Washington area.

Meeting Papers:
Click here to access the minutes from the meeting which took place on 7th March 2017.

Don’t forget to visit the Things to Do to find Local events and activities!

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Coalfields Area

Coalfields Area Community Development Lead – Pauline Hopper
Email:  pauline.hopper@sunderland.gov.uk  Telephone:  0191 5617912

There are 3 reps for the Coalfield Area – click here  and here to find out who they are, what they do and how to get in contact with them!

Click here to see the Local Priorities 2017-2018 for the Coalfield area.

Meeting Papers:
Click here to access the minutes from the meeting which took place on 28th September 2017 and click here to access the agenda for the meeting due to take place on 26th October 2017.

Don’t forget to visit the Things to Do to find Local events and activities!

East Area

East Area Community Development Lead – Nicol Trueman
Email:  nicol.trueman@sunderland.gov.uk   Telephone: 0191 5611162?

There are 3 reps for the East Area – click hereto find out who they are, what they do and how to get in contact with theMinutesm!

Click here to see the Local Priorities 2016-2017 for the East area.

Meeting Papers:
Agenda and minutes for 3rd November meeting.
Agenda and minutes for 8th September meeting

Don’t forget to visit the Things to Do to find Local events and activities!

West Area

The West Area Community Development Lead –  Gilly Stanley
Email:  gilly.stanley@sunderland.gov.uk  Telephone:  0191 5611161

There are 3 reps for the West Area – Click here to find out who they are, what they do and how to get in contact with them!

Click here to see the Local Priorities 2015 for the West area.

Meeting Papers:
Agenda and minutes for 19th October 2016
Papers for the next meeting will be here soon!

Don’t forget to visit the Things to Do to find Local events and activities!

North Area

The North Area Community Development Lead –  Vivienne Metcalf
Email: vivienne.Metcalfe@sunderland.gov.uk     Telephone: 0191 5614577

There are 3 reps for the North Area – click here to find out who they are, what they do and how to get in contact with them!

Click here to see the Local Priorities 2016-2017 for the North area.

Meeting Papers:
Click here for the agenda for the meeting due to take place on Thursday 15th December 2016. Or click here for the minutes from the meeting held on 10th November 2016.

Don’t forget to visit the Things to Do to find Local events and activities!