Hampshire Voluntary Sector Consortium

The Hampshire Voluntary Sector Network is a ‘network of networks’. It brings together representatives from a range of voluntary sector networks.

Action Hampshire provides secretariat support to the Hampshire Voluntary Sector Consortium (HVSC), and our Chief Executive, Sue Dovey, is the Chair.

It is recognised by Hampshire’s public sector bodies as the mechanism for engagement with the not-for-profit sector and is regularly attended by representatives from Hampshire County Council.

The Consortium arranges the selection of not-for-profit sector representatives for key partnerships such as the Hampshire Partnership and the Hampshire Health & Wellbeing Board.

Current representatives

Sue Dovey

Chair of HVSC

Contact Sue

Sue is CEO of Action Hampshire. For almost 70 years, Action Hampshire has been supporting not-for-profit organisations to deliver great services to local people and communities; speak up for the changes they would like to see; and shape the future of where they live and work. Our services include: policy and information; social enterprise development; affordable housing; support for community buildings and research and engagement.

Julie Amies

Representing sport and leisure organisations

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Julie Amies is the CEO of Energise Me. Energise Me is an independent charity that exists to beat inactivity. Evidence shows that even a small amount of regular physical activity or sport can make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the people and the communities we serve.

We work collaboratively with our partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight including the not-for-profit sector, local authorities, public health teams, schools, colleges and universities, National Governing Bodies of Sports (NGBs) and other key organisations from education, health and businesses. Working with our partners we help local communities come together to tackle the everyday issue of inactivity and sedentary lifestyles.

Paul Bright

Representing HVSC on the Hampshire Partnership

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Paul Bright is CEO of Citizens Advice Hampshire. Citizens Advice Hampshire, established in 2008, is a consortium of the 15 local Citizens Advice in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. We enable collaboration between local Citizens Advice and other charities, provide a single point of contact for funders, partners and policy makers, and support our local offices by facilitating knowledge, skills sharing and training, and through campaigning for better services.

Paul represents HVSC on the Hampshire Partnership

Sandie Davis

Representing social enterprise organisations

Contact Sandie

Sandie Davis is Enterprise Co-ordinator at Action Hampshire. Sandie co-ordinates the social enterprise networks, linked to the School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire and the Inspiring Enterprise programme. We actively promote social enterprise to all sectors and equip community groups and individuals to trade as social entrepreneurs. We seek to raise awareness of the benefits of social enterprise and act as an information hub for the wide range of social enterprises in Hampshire.

Jason Gaskell

Representing HVSC on the Enterprise M3 LEP

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Jason Gaskell is CEO at Surrey Community Action, which has been supporting and strengthening the not-for-profit sector in Surrey for over sixty years, providing advocacy and representations, training, delivering projects and providing important services to Surrey’s not-for-profit sector and communities.

He represents the not-for-profit sector on the main Board of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and on the LEP’s Rural Group. He welcomes questions and comments relating to the work of the LEP, and will feed back to HVSC accordingly.

Jason represents HVSC on the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

Carol Harrowell

Representing HVSC on the Hampshire PREVENT Partnership Board and the Hampshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Contact Carol

Carol Harrowell is Service Delivery at Home Group, representing Hampshire Housing and Support services (ex-Supporting People contracts).

Core work for Home Group is “building homes, independence and aspirations” via housing, support and care services. Home Group support community cohesion, utilise apprentices, volunteers and experts by experience and believe in partnership working as a core delivery vehicle.

Carol represents HVSC on the Hampshire PREVENT Partnership Board and the Hampshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Kerry Hearsey

Representing carers groups and is HVSC's representative on the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Contact Kerry

Kerry Hearsey is the CEO of Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire, which has been in operation since 1994. The charity exists to support unpaid carers including family members, friends and neighbours who look after a loved one to enable them to remain at home. Our services include: emotional support, practical support, information and advice, advocacy, benefits advice, counselling, support groups and coffee mornings as well as one to one visits. We also run the county’s Emergency Planning for Carers service.

Kerry represents carers groups on HVSC and is also HVSC’s representative on the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Amanda Kent

Representing advocacy groups

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Amanda Kent is CEO of Speakeasy Advocacy and Director of Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group.

We provide statutory and non statutory advocacy to vulnerable adults and children as part of the Hampshire Advocacy consortium; the outcomes of advocacy is to make changes for individuals, local communities, to health and social care systems as well as to the advocacy organisations

Emma Leatherbarrow

Representing Healthwatch Hampshire

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Emma Leatherbarrow is Director of Partnerships at Help and Care which is the lead partner of Healthwatch Hampshire

Healthwatch Hampshire is the consumer champion for health and social care services and exists to ensure local voices are able to influence the delivery and design of local services – not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the future. They also deliver NHS Complaints Advocacy, helping people who need to make a complaint about the NHS.

Emma also represents HVSC on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Steering Group

Catherine Rendle

Representing children and young people's organisations

Contact Catherine

Catherine Rendle is Policy and Information Officer at Action Hampshire.

Action Hampshire hosts a network for Children and Young People’s (CYP) organisations in Hampshire. We hold termly briefing events on current issues as well as monthly e-bulletins featuring the latest local and national CYP policy news, funding opportunities, reports and resources. Action Hampshire’s CYP network represents the main opportunity for CYP organisations from across Hampshire to share contacts, challenges and solutions.

Jean Roberts-Jones

Representing Hampshire CVS Network

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Jean Roberts-Jones is CEO of One Community. One Community is a Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), working across Eastleigh and Fareham. Core work for a CVS is the promotion of volunteering, (by a variety of methods), acting as a broker to signpost to vacancies and supporting community activity including promoting good practice and training to volunteers, trustees, staff working in the not-for-profit, community and faith sectors. All will have a local membership and provide regular information via website, newsletters and social media. Most CVSs also offer direct services such as transport and care.

Debbie Tann

Representing environmental organisations

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Debbie Tann is CEO of Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust. Debbie has been CEO of HIWWT since 2008. Alongside working for the Trust, she has served on a number of Committees, Boards and Advisory Groups including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Chalk Streams and Rivers Trust and the Defra Local Delivery Group. In 2010 Debbie was seconded into Defra to help write the Natural Environment White Paper and subsequently set up and chaired the Local Nature Partnership. HIWWT has set up a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Arcadian Ecology & Consulting.

Judy Walker

Representing older people's organisations

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Judy Walker is the CEO of Age Concern Hampshire. Age Concern Hampshire is a registered charity working to promote independent living to over-50s in the county. Our 13 Day Care Centres provide dementia-friendly activities, lunches, personal care and transport, and respite for carers. We provide accredited, impartial and confidential information and advice, delivered by trained and supported volunteers. Older People’s Area Link (OPAL) and Village Agent volunteers offer home-visiting to give details of and signposting to local activities and services, plus help with form-filling to claim benefits. Other services include an Information and Advice helpline, ‘Hospital-to-Home’ from rehabilitation wards at Petersfield and Gosport War Memorial Hospitals, counselling and foot care.