Who we are

The SpeakUp Forum is a countywide network for the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. We aspire and work to ensure that the wellbeing of people and communities is at the heart of countywide services and strategic planning.  

 

We bring together chief executives, senior staff and trustees of voluntary/community organisations and facilitate dialogue, information sharing, knowledge building, and joint action about strategic planning and services in East Sussex.

 

We work collaboratively with the public sector through a variety of mechanisms, and appoint representatives from the SpeakUp Forum to work with specific public-sector led partnerships.  

Our
vision
Our
mission 

Our vision is of an independent and sustainable Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), working in collaboration with the public sector to ensure that the wellbeing of people and communities is at the heart of strategic planning and services.

The SpeakUp Forum is a countywide network for the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. Our twofold mission is: To lead dialogue and connection within the Voluntary and Community Sector to support sector sustainability and development; and to work with the public sector to jointly develop a culture of, and systems for, collaboration and system leadership.​

Our strategic aims  

SpeakUp Forum pursues this mission by:

 

  1. Enabling the Voluntary and Community Sector to engage in dialogue, share information and views, build knowledge, identify trends, and agree shared messages and actions;

  2. Enabling the emergence of leadership from the Voluntary and Community Sector, to lead within and beyond the sector;

  3. Engaging in strategic collaborations with the public sector to agree and own shared agendas and values, and work to address shared priorities;

  4. Advocating for the Voluntary and Community Sector and constructively challenging the public sector where priorities and agendas are not shared.

Our guiding principles

SpeakUp Forum makes decisions and takes actions according to the following principles:

 

  • People and communities are at the heart of everything we do.

  • We strive for open and honest dialogue, within our VCS network and our multi-sector partnerships.

  • We are proactive and pragmatic, and use our energies and resources in ways we think will be most beneficial to local communities and to the VCS.

  • We embrace multiple perspectives, change, and uncertainty. 

  • We share the responsibility for joint learning and development across sectors.

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What we provide for members

SpeakUp Forum provides its members with opportunities to:

  • Come together to identify and discuss key issues, share views and build knowledge;

  • Agree sector priorities and work to address them at strategic, countywide level;

  • Network and collaborate with other chief executives and senior staff from organisations across East Sussex;

  • Work with the public sector to develop and improve our systems for collaborative working;

  • Participate in strategic planning and decision-making with the public sector; and

  • Represent the SpeakUp Forum at strategic cross-sector partnerships.

 

What we provide for voluntary sector non-members

For those in the voluntary and community sector who are not ​members of SpeakUp, we provide:

  • A pathway through which your concerns and aspirations can be taken to county strategic planning processes;

  • Support to understand and access other pathways for having your concerns heard and for participating in local planning discussions and decisions;

  • Opportunities to network and learn with other charities and the public sector at our annual Big Event.

 

What we provide for the public sector

For the public sector, the SpeakUp Forum provides:

  • Processes and support to work with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to jointly develop and improve our systems for collaborative working;

  • Representatives of the SpeakUp Forum to participate in strategic cross-sector partnerships. SpeakUp reps do not act on behalf of their own organisation, but represent the interests and perspectives of the SpeakUp countywide VCS network;

  • A first point of contact for engaging with the VCS about strategic planning and services. SpeakUp will signpost to other voluntary and community networks where appropriate;

  • Opportunities to engage in explicit reflection and co-learning with participants from the public and voluntary and community sectors. 

 

8 Saffrons Road

Eastbourne

East Sussex

BN21 1DG

 

Tel: 01323 639 373 ext 209 

Email: speakup@3va.org.uk

 

Contact SpeakUp:

SpeakUp Forum is a countywide project set up by CVS Partnership and hosted by 3VA.

 

Registered charity number 1096788

Company number 4637252 registered in England and Wales

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