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Our Work

South West Forum's work falls into three main areas, summarised below. You can find detailed information about our current and recent work in the left hand menu.  

Informing: We are involved in a number of specific projects which aim to ensure that voluntary groups in the South West are informed about national and regional developments of importance to their future.  We are well connected both regionally and nationally and use these connections to ensure that voluntary groups in the South West are in the best possible position to benefit from the opportunities available to them.

Connecting: We understand the importance of working together to ensure that the voices of voluntary and community organisations are heard.  We encourage collaborations and networks that increase the effectiveness of the sector and increase the involvement of voluntary organisations in delivering services.

Influencing: Central to our work, and the starting point of our formation in 1999, we ensure that the voice of the voluntary and community sector in the South West is heard at a national level and influences strategic issues.  Critical to this work are our Members who provide us with intelligence about the sector which we can use in formulating responses to policy consultations and other work. This enables even the smallest of organisations to be involved in influencing the big decisions made by government at national level.