VCSE Sector Community of Experience

VCSE Sector Community of Experience

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A community aimed at those who are involved or interested in the VCSE sector and how they support our wider health and social care system.

About this event

The Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) is pleased to be hosting a Community of Experience aimed at those who are involved or interested in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and how they support our wider health and social care system. The event is free and will be of interest to leaders, staff and volunteers of VCSE organisations, commissioners, health and care practitioners and, of course, those in receipt of services and their families or carers.

Research carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important contribution that the VCSE sector has played in supporting the wider health and care system, but there was a consistent theme around concerns over sustainability and how VCSE organisations could best demonstrate the great work that they do and the significant impact they have.

This first event will therefore focus on the “CAVEAT” research project, led by a team of researchers from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

CAVEAT (Community And Voluntary organisation EvAluation Toolkit) aims to co-develop and test a set of guidelines and resources (a 'toolkit') to support VCSE organisations in collecting data and demonstrating their activity and impact. This project is primarily aimed at those organisations providing services to support the well-being of older people living at home, and those who commission these services, and has already gained a lot of interest. For more information, visit the project website: https://research.kent.ac.uk/caveat/

Join us to hear from Dr Julie MacInnes and Jenny Monkhouse, researchers from the University of Kent who will share with you progress to date and next steps in the development of the toolkit. Preliminary findings from the research will be presented on the day and attendees will be invited to share and discuss their thoughts through 'breakout room' sessions.

If you would like to get in touch or find out more, please contact: Myles.Godfrey@spft.nhs.uk