“Work­ing in part­ner­ship to influ­ence and trans­form health and social care”

The Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor Alliance (VCSA) cov­ers Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven, and has been devel­oped by the local Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor (VCS) to become an equal part­ner in the Inte­grat­ed Care Sys­tem, along­side with oth­er key local health, social care and sup­port providers.

To deliv­er this, providers in health, social care and sup­port ser­vices have come togeth­er to form the Brad­ford Provider Alliance (BPA) and the Airedale Providers Alliance Group (APAG). The VCSA man­ages VCS Rep­re­sen­ta­tion on dif­fer­ent Part­ner­ship Groups asso­ci­at­ed with Health and Social Care, and co-ordi­nates the local Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor to deliv­er dif­fer­ent Health and Social Care projects across the Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven.

In the Spotlight


To be held on Wednes­day 22 Novem­ber 2023, 12:45pm

Perkin House, 82 Grat­tan Road, Brad­ford, BD1 2LU.

The AGM will receive The VCS Alliance Annu­al accounts 2022–2023.

Light refresh­ments will be provided.

Har­ness­ing the Pow­er of Com­mu­ni­ties Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Awards

The VCS Alliance is about to go live with a new way of award­ing grant fund­ing known as Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Mak­ing. Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Mak­ing (PGM) and Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Bud­get­ing (PB) are often used inter­change­ably. Though there are dif­fer­ences in the cir­cum­stances in which they are applied the actu­al process­es for deter­min­ing the awards are shared process­es. The video talks about PB but applies to PGM also. 

Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry grant-mak­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly ben­e­fits affect­ed com­mu­ni­ties, by ensur­ing they have a direct say in decid­ing how resources are used. But it ben­e­fits fun­ders as well; this form of grant-mak­ing allows us to learn from and bet­ter align our grant-mak­ing with the needs and aspi­ra­tions of local com­mu­ni­ties and con­stituen­cies. It can also help us reach new groups that would oth­er­wise have been off our radar.

We are not get­ting rid of our more tra­di­tion­al way of award­ing grants, Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Mak­ing will be a process we use when it is appropriate.

The grant award is now open to appli­ca­tions:
HPOC Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Bud­get­ing Grant Mak­ing Award — The VCS Alliance

Deliv­ery Area

Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven

Appli­ca­tions Open

02 Octo­ber 2023

Appli­ca­tions Close

03 Novem­ber 2023

Award Amount

£500 — £6000

Mel Pick­up is Chief Exec­u­tive of Brad­ford Teach­ing
Hos­pi­tals Foun­da­tion Trust. In this pod­cast series, she sits down with col­leagues and part­ners, from across the trust and the wider com­mu­ni­ty, to find out more about them and their con­tri­bu­tions to the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in Brad­ford”. 
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Let’s Talk — With Mel Pick­up

Chief Exec­u­tive of Brad­ford Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, Mel Pick­up, is joined by  Sam Keigh­ley, Chief Exec­u­tive of the Brad­ford VCS alliance. 
Sam speaks about her com­mit­ment to social jus­tice and her long career in pub­lic,

vol­un­tary and social enter­prise organ­i­sa­tions. She also speaks about the work of the alliance and the impor­tant role it plays in the health and well­be­ing of the peo­ple in our dis­trict”.

The VCS Alliance is proud to support

What­ev­er chal­lenges you’re fac­ing, our Well­be­ing Hubs won’t let you face them alone. Our staff of trained pro­fes­sion­als pro­vide a per­son-cen­tred sup­port plan for your jour­ney to a hap­pi­er and health­i­er life. From Keigh­ley to Tong, our six inde­pen­dent Hubs pro­vide rapid access to free spe­cial­ist advice and support. 

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