Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS) works to challenge deprivation, health inequalities and social exclusion through empowering local people to engage effectively in voluntary and community activity.
We aim to create, support and develop sustainable, strong and vibrant communities. Our work involves communicating and facilitating a strong and effective community voice which will have an influence locally, regionally and nationally.
Our volunteering team hold over 3000 volunteer opportunities across Bassetlaw and work to support those wishing to become volunteers, as well as organisations that have opportunities to promote. We offer support for both new and existing community groups ranging from funding support to administration services.
We run a comprehensive training timetable and well attended networking events in addition to offering room hire form groups and individuals.” I have attached our logo to the email and a photo example of a successful networking event and some photos of our rooms available to hire too.
Funding Advice. Small charitable and community groups are encouraged and supported to collaborate and work in partnership to secure funding instead of working in silo to benefit the local community.
Through constant horizon scanning, our Partnership officer is able to offer an advice and guidance model to local community groups who wish to flourish and develop, regardless of their size.
With years of experience of third sector challenges and changes, our Partnership Officer is able to offer one to one support to organisations looking to either start up or develop their projects given the constant pressures on them to achieve sustainability and compete for funding and support.
Social Prescribing. The Bassetlaw Social Prescribing Service is managed by BCVS. The service helps patients aged 65 and over who are socially isolated or frail to access services and activities provided by voluntary organisations and community groups.
Who can get help from the service? The service is only available for patients who are registered with a Bassetlaw GP.
How do I get help? Your Health or Social Care professional will advise you if they feel you could benefit from a discussion with a Voluntary Community Services (VCS) Advisor.
What does the VCS Advisor do? Your Advisor will arrange to visit you to discuss voluntary or community services that could help you improve your health and wellbeing. This is in addition to any NHS or social care support you may already be receiving. Your VCS Advisor will also support you to access other services e.g. community transport.
For more information on this service, please call Julie Barnes on 01909 476118 x 30.