SpeakUp Countywide Forum

Voice of the voluntary and community sector in East Sussex

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What is SpeakUp?

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The SpeakUp Forum is a countywide network for the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. We aspire and work to ensure that the wellbeing of people and communities is at the heart of countywide services and strategic planning.  

We bring together chief executives, senior staff and trustees of voluntary/community organisations and facilitate dialogue, information sharing, knowledge building, and joint action about strategic planning and services in East Sussex.

We work collaboratively with the public sector through a variety of mechanisms, and appoint representatives from the SpeakUp Forum to work with specific public-sector led partnerships.  

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VISION

Our vision is of an independent and sustainable Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), working in collaboration with the public sector to ensure that the wellbeing of people and communities is at the heart of strategic planning and services.

MISSION

The SpeakUp Forum is a countywide network for the Voluntary and Community Sector in East Sussex. Our twofold mission is: To lead dialogue and connection within the Voluntary and Community Sector to support sector sustainability and development; and to work with the public sector to jointly develop a culture of, and systems for, collaboration and system leadership.

STRATEGIC AIMS

SpeakUp Forum pursues this mission by:

1.       Enabling the Voluntary and Community Sector to engage in dialogue, share information and views, build knowledge, identify trends, and agree shared messages and actions;

2.       Enabling the emergence of leadership from the Voluntary and Community Sector, to lead within and beyond the sector;

3.       Engaging in strategic collaborations with the public sector to agree and own shared agendas and values, and work to address shared priorities;

4.       Advocating for the Voluntary and Community Sector and constructively challenging the public sector where priorities and agendas are not shared.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

SpeakUp Forum makes decisions and takes actions according to the following principles:

•             People and communities are at the heart of everything we do.

•             We strive for open and honest dialogue, within our VCS network and our multi-sector partnerships.

•             We are proactive and pragmatic, and use our energies and resources in ways we think will be most beneficial to local communities and to the VCS.  

•             We embrace multiple perspectives, change, and uncertainty. 

 

•             We share the responsibility for joint learning and development across sectors.