Hackney CVS Strategic Plan and the VCS Strategy


Hackney CVS Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Strong vibrant communities need equally strong vibrant organisations to support and deliver quality services to them

For over two decades we have supported the voluntary and community sector to be at the heart of providing solutions to Hackney’s problems.

As an important local organisation and umbrella body for the sector we are committed to making Hackney a fairer place because we believe everyone should have the best start in life and the best opportunities to succeed regardless of their background, race, social class, gender, sexuality or disability.

We see our role interchangeably as enabler, facilitator, champion and servant to local communities.

We have developed 4 strategic objectives we want to deliver over the next 3 years.

Strategic Objective 1
Supporting stronger, thriving voluntary and community organisations

Strategic Objective 2
Developing successful delivery partnerships

Strategic Objective 3
Strengthening the sector’s voice to effect change

Strategic Objective 4
Being a sustainable, responsible organisation driven by our values

Download the Strategic Plan 2019-2022 here.

Download the Executive Summary here.


The VCS Strategy

The London Borough of Hackney adopted the VCS Strategy at a Cabinet meeting in March. The Strategy was launched at the A Place for Everyone launch of 2019/20 grants scheme and VCS strategy on the 26th June.  The Council will be working with Hackney CVS, Volunteer Centre Hackney  and other partners to develop action plans to implement it.

Download the VCS strategy here

Background – how the VCS strategy was developed

Hackney CVS worked in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney to develop the new strategy to redefine the relationship between the Council and the Voluntary and Community Sector.

In 2017 we held an event to look at the challenges facing both the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Council.

You can view the discussions document here.
Read the report from the event here.

We followed that up with four focus groups to further explore what the strategy could achieve. Read more here.

These findings were then captured and shared. Subsequently, they were used to develop a series of discussion papers that formed the basis of the new strategy. Internal discussions with council officers from key departments and the Council’s leadership team helped to inject the Council’s own strategic objectives in relation to the sector and identify the key issues and what success would look like. The content of these discussion papers was then tested and developed through a series of workshops with the VCS over the summer and early autumn 2018. Read more here.

The findings were then used to develop the discussion papers into key themes within the new strategy. Feedback from voluntary and community sector organisations suggests these discussions have helped the sector to take stock of the challenges they face and explore ways to address them. The engagement has also helped the Council to develop a better understanding of the sector’s resilience, their views on intervention and the strategic support it needs.