Birmingham Voluntary Services Council


BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Services Council)  is one of the largest voluntary sector support organisations in the UK, which works to:-

  • Provide people with opportunities to make a positive difference to their communities
  • Provide voluntary and community organisations with the resources to help them achieve their goals
  • Champion the voluntary sector as an influential force for positive change.

From the BVSC HQ in Digbeth the following services are provided: Click the links to find out more.

Resource Centre – ‘First stop shop’ for new volunteers and voluntary and community groups.

Sector Development – Advice, support and resources for organisations

Policy and Communications – Information and communication services to the third sector and public sector partners

Volunteer Centre Birmingham – Citywide volunteering opportunities for individuals; placement service for organisations

Corporate services – Back office services: Payroll Bureau, Accountancy and HR Advice

Conferences – Extensive facilities for meetings, events and conferences with special rates for the voluntary sector.

Arts for Change – Gallery exhibiting work with a social message

Further details are available on the website :-

Click for:- BVSC Membership Leaflet

Click to read:-  BVSC- Code of Conduct for Trustees

Click for:-BVSC Annual Report and Audited Accounts for the Year Ending March 2009

Click to see:-  BVSC Strategic Plan



Public Service Funding Cuts
Many of us are in the process of dealing with recent decisions around public service funding cuts.  You may find the  information in the attached communication from Brian Carr, Chief Executive of BVSC, useful:-BVSC-PbicSrvcFndngCuts-10-7

BVSCRead the Latest BVSC News.  Click links for further information:-

NAVCA DH SP Survey draft 8

NAVCA Topic guide SPP

Birmingham CompactLatest edition incorporating amendments:-pdf-Plain English-Consultation_all_responses-Refresh_of_BIRMINGHAMCOMPACT2010

Digital Switchover – BBC Seeking Help to inform hard-to-reach groupsDigital Switchover-help neededImpact of Department for Communities and Local Government Public Spending Cuts

Following the announcement of the £6.2 billion public spending cuts announced by the Chancellor on 24th May, it has been identified that the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) will be cut by £1.166billion.

CLG have announced in detail where the cuts would fall; the announcement can be found here:

There are significant cuts to a number of programmes that will impact on third sector organisations either directly or indirectly, including Area Based Grants programmes such as Supporting People, Working Neighbourhoods Fund and Cohesion funding.

CLG have also produced details of grant reductions to individual local authorities.

SHARED CARE NETWORK:  Shared Care Network, founded by short break scheme organisers who felt a need for a co-ordinating national body to share information and promote good practice, represents around 180 services UKwide providing short break services to support disabled children and their families.For more: 2 further papers on Health & Social Care development:-

1. Progress on Personalisation


Read the Endorsement of the Birmingham Compact:-


Big Society News:-Read the latest documents:-




Comprehensive Spending Review – Read about the effects on the voluntary sector:-



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