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Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) is a charity dedicated to connecting, supporting and promoting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Our aim is to support local charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises. We do this to build a stronger and more sustainable community sector.

Our vision

A connected, supported, and well-promoted VCSE. A sector that is sustainable, flexible, and resilient.

Our mission

Make connections and facilitate impactful dialogue between the sector and statutory bodies. This will result in greater involvement of the sector; in design and delivery of services. We use thematic and place-based forums and alliances.

Support the VCSE sector to deliver high quality, community-led services. We provide access to training, funding opportunities, collaborative bid writing and communications.

Promote the vital role the VCSE sector has in improving the wellbeing of people, communities, and our environment. We demonstrate the impact of the sector, undertaking research, campaigns, and strategic representation.

Our values

The way we work with the sector and our partners is underpinned by the following values which have been co-designed by the sector. We expect our Board, and staff to demonstrate these values and behaviours and to lead by example:

  • Compassionate – We are kind, considerate, respectful, and caring.
  • Honest – We are open, truthful, transparent, and sincere.
  • Inclusive – We are approachable, collaborative, accessible and value difference.

Our history

Cornwall VSF was formed in 1992 when a small group of people came together to discuss issues for the sector in Cornwall.

We have been championing the VCSE sector ever since.

Our members

We work for and on behalf of our members. You help us shape the direction of the charity and elect our trustees.

Our members work for VCSE organisations based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We exist to advocate for you on important issues. These include funding, commissioning, value and impact.

We aim to effect positive change for the sector. This is by focusing a large proportion of our lobbying efforts on public sector bodies such as NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Cornwall Council.

We are here to act independently on behalf of all organisations and groups in the sector.