Voice and Influence

Third Sector Assembly

Third Sector AssemblyThird Sector Assembly Birmingham was established by BVSC through Big Lottery funding in 2007. It is as an association of voluntary sector networks designed to provide peer support for voluntary groups, to improve communication across the voluntary sector, to grow the sector’s ability to influence and lead, and to strengthen its relationships with public bodies including the local authority and NHS trusts. The Third Sector Assembly is now one of BVSC’s core services to local voluntary and community groups.

The Assembly aims to provide a space for Birmingham’s voluntary sector to explore the issues that are most important to it, and to find collective ways of moving these forward. It also fields representatives to a number of operational and strategic bodies in the city. As a sector we are directly affected by local and national government policy, so it's important that all our views are taken into account and reflected in decision making.

Through its Third Sector Assembly function, BVSC is committed to ensuring that the many diverse voices of Birmingham’s voluntary and community sector can be heard and can positively influence the creation of a fairer and more equitable Birmingham.

By joining as a Full member of BVSC, you can sign up to those networks below that are of interest to you, and be sure not to miss out on announcements or events of relevance.The Assembly networks are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Safety
  • Children & Young People
  • Enterprise & Training
  • Environment
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Health & Social Care
  • Chief Executives' Group (for CEOs and Chief Officers only)
  • Volunteering

Any news relating to the Third Sector Assembly is communicated via BVSC's Weekly e-bulletin, sent out every Friday. Sign up to receive the Weekly e-bulletin.


Birmingham City Council posts details of current consultations on its Be Heard Consultation Hub where notices are posted about decisions being proposed about things that may affect you and the area you live or work in.

When we become aware of consultations that are of relevance to voluntary and community groups in Birmingham we will include details in our weekly bulletins (see link above). Sometimes we collate views from the sector in order to pull together and submit a collective Third Sector Assembly response.