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Portsmouth has a strong history of working in partnership with over 500 organisations in the voluntary and community sector.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector and recognises that that the sector provides invaluable links to local people and communities, and is well placed to influence decisions and services, through its understanding of local issues and commitment to strong values.

If you work in or with voluntary and community organisations in Portsmouth, the council update for the sector is for you. The update, which is available to download as a PDF below, includes:

  • news from Portsmouth City Council and its voluntary sector unit
  • news from Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group
  • information on local and national policies affecting the sector

To receive the update either electronically or a paper copy, to request a previous edition or to include your news in a future issue, email or phone 023 9284 1451.

The Public Sector Challenge Fund was launched earlier this year to provide upfront 'pump priming' investment for strong proposals from the Voluntary and Community Sectors involving innovative redesign and re-provision proposals for in-house Council services and programmes, or proposals that reduce demand on statutory services.

For more information visit our Public Sector Challenge Fund page.

The Portsmouth Compact is important for everyone who works in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and public sector in the city.

The Portsmouth Compact outlines how the relationship between the local statutory sector and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can work more effectively to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives. While there are many differences between the statutory and voluntary sectors, which must be acknowledged and respected, the sectors have much in common. Following a 12-week consultation a refreshed Portsmouth Compact has been produced and was re-launched last year.

Voluntary and statutory organisations in the city are now being encouraged to sign up to the revised Compact.

You can find out more information and access the revised Portsmouth Compact.

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