Better Together VCS Forum

The Better Together VCS (Voluntary and Community Sector) Forum brings together senior representatives of larger or specialist VCS organisations with a countywide remit to share best practice and look for new opportunities to collaborate. 

The forum meets bi-monthly and is chaired by the VCS representative on the County Durham Partnership Board, Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action. Support for the forum is provided by Ian Hunter Smart in the County Durham Partnership Team - telephone 03000 263595 or email

Better Together Organisations

Click here to view a list of member organisations

Meeting Dates 2020

Click here to view the meeting dates and venues for 2020

Contact Information

Chair: Jo Laverick - VCS Representative on the County Durham Partnership Board and Executive Director of Durham Community Action


Secretariat/Support: Ian Hunter Smart - Voluntary & Community Sector Officer, County Durham Partnership Team, Durham County Council


VCS Briefings July 2020

Click here to access reports from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, ACRE, the County Durham Health Impact Assessment on Health Inequalities in Response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the County Durham Time to Change Hub Anti-Stigma Mental Health Public Perceptions Survey Summary report.

Better Together VCS Forum Meetings

Please click here to view and download agendas, notes and presentations from the bi-monthly meetings

Third Sector Trends in North East England 2020

The Community Foundation (serving Tyne and Wear and Northumberland) has released the latest Third Sector Trends study. The latest findings give an insight into how the sector in the region may fare after COVID-19. Read more

Better Together VCS Policy Forums

Please click here to view and download information from the bi-annual policy forums