Glossary

Arts for Change: Citizens Gallery at BVSC

The Gallery champions the role of the arts in the voluntary and community sector.The work on show either explores a social theme  or has been produced by amateur artists as a form of empowerment and self-expression.

Be Birmingham

Birmingham's local strategic partnership which brings together partners from the business, community, voluntary and faith sectors to deliver a better Birmingham.

Birmingham & Solihull NHS Cluster

The Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster comprises Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, NHS South Birmingham, NHS Birmingham East and North, and Solihull Primary Care Trust. The cluster has been entrusted by each of the four PCTs to lead the local NHS, receiving over £2.3 billion per year to commission and provide health care for 1.2 million people across Birmingham & Solihull.
 

Birmingham Community Health & Wellbeing Consortium

The Consortium was established by BVSC in May 2011 to allow voluntary and community organisations working in health and wellbeing across Birmingham to come together to bid for contracts.

Birmingham Local Development Agency Network

The Network consists of a range of well-established voluntary organisations working in partnership to support frontline voluntary and community organisations across the city.

Birmingham Sustainable Community Strategy

The Strategy 'Birmingham 2026: Our Vision for the Future' has been developed by Birmingham City Council and the local strategic partnership, Be Birmingham, which brings together partners from the business, public, community, voluntary and faith sectors, to deliver a better quality of life in Birmingham.

Birmingham LINk

An independent body that listens to your views and concerns about health and social care and works with you to bring about positive change

BRAVO (Birmingham Resource and Advice for Voluntary Organisations)

A network of volunteer coordinators who meet regularly to discuss issues related to volunteering and volunteer management.

BVSC Third Sector Database

The Third Sector Database was launched by BVSC in 2009 as a resource for Birmingham.  As well as holding contact data about voluntary and community organisations in Birmingham it is also the route by which organisations can join BVSC and the Assembly Networks.

Local Strategic Partnership (LSP)

LSPs bring together representatives from the local statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to address local problems, allocate funding, discuss strategies and initiatives.  Birmingham's LSP is Be Birmingham.

Open 4 Community

An easy to navigate funding portal, set up to help organisations in Birmingham access funding.

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership between West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and many different agencies that work together to tackle difficult problems that affect communities.

SE Central

A co-working space for social entrepreneurs based at BVSC's offices in Digbeth.

State of the Sector Reports

Over the past four years, BVSC has surveyed a sample of third sector organisations in Birmingham in order to establish the size, shape and support needs of the sector. The reports analyse this data, identifying changes from the previous studies in order to produce a current snapshot of third sector organisations in the city.

Third Sector Assembly Birmingham

A network developed to improve communication across the sector, to grow its ability to influence and to improve relationships with the public sector.