Abstracts: March 25th, 2004

This strategy document confirms the Government’s commitment to involving the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the delivery of public services both at national and local level, and recognises the unique contribution that the Sector can make towards achieving shared goals. The target is to increase volunteering and the VCS contribution to delivering public services by 5% by 2006. Connexions is the government’s support service for all young people aged 13 to 19. The service aims to provide integrated advice, guidance and access to personal development opportunities for this group and to help them make a smooth transition to adulthood and working life. It joins up the work of six government Departments and their agencies and organisations on the ground, together with private and voluntary sector groups and youth and careers services.The national strategy sets out the key issues for 2004-05 and lists the action proposed to address these issues. The document brings together the DfES strategy for the coming year, with guidelines to help Connexions Partnerships and the local VCS prepare effective local strategies. It urges Connexions Partnerships to develop their own local strategies for involving the VCS.

The strategy is available at: http://www.connexions.gov.uk/partnerships/publications/uploads/cp/Involving%20VCS%20in%20Connexions.PDF