This section is where you can find details of how you can get involved and get connected with others.
We can help you get to know who’s out there and what’s going on. There are lots of networks across our region - Voluntary Organisation Local Chief Officers Network, Better Futures Tameside, Faiths United, Foodbanks, Poverty Action Group, Society Works, Voluntary Community and Faith Partnership.
We act on behalf of the voluntary sector and represent our local communities. We have a role in some important changes happening across Greater Manchester including devolution.
Your voice matters. There are always chances for you to have your say in local and national consultations.
Our key partners
We have many key local partners. Amongst the organisations we work with are Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, and Pennine Care Foundation Trust.
We meet local priorities with our projects. Here are some ways our projects make a difference -
- Working together to reduce poverty – Poverty Action Groups
- The local consumer champion for health and social care services - Healthwatch
- Helping people in crisis get the support they need - Public Service Reform
- Supporting community action that builds on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’ - Asset based community development.
- Creating new ways of delivering health, care and wellbeing - Care Together
Better Futures Tameside - the consortium of not for profit organisations created in order to safeguard and grow high quality Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) service provision for children, young people and families. Click here to join today.
- Being a member of BFT will help support you to manage the funding environment; being in a consortium means your organisation/ project can be part of much larger tender opportunities than you have been able to access before alone.
- As part of a formal collective you will have greater negotiating and bargaining powers with decision-makers. All members have equal voting rights no matter what size they are.
- Being a member will increase the profile of your organisation, through a collective marketing strategy.
- If you are a larger organisation you will have the opportunity to tender and work with much smaller community based organisations
It is easy to become a member!
You need to complete a simple application form to apply for membership, there is a tiered membership structure ensuring that all organisations regardless of size can be involved. Your trustees/ board of directors must be in agreement with your organisation’s application to join the consortium and you must provide some organisational references. Once you have admitted your application, the BFT Board of Directors will review your application and make a decision, based on the eligibility criteria, to grant your membership.
Society Works – Voluntary Sector in Oldham Chief Officers Group
This group is open to any Action Together member that is a not for profit, voluntary, community or faith organisation in Oldham that employs staff. The group meets regularly and is set up to improve strategic influence, formal collaboration and maximise opportunities for the sector in Oldham. The group proactively explores formal collaboration opportunities and shares information and intelligence. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Laura on 0161 339 2345.