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 2021

Click here to view the meeting dates and venues for 2021

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

Click here to access reports tabled at Better Together Forum meetings. 

Better Together VCS Forum Meetings

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

Better Together VCS Policy Forums

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

Better Together VCS Forum Terms of Reference

Please click here to read the terms of reference for the forum.