CVS South Gloucestershire

Our Partnerships and Groups

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CVS South Gloucestershire are working in partnership with a range of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations’ in South Gloucestershire to provide “Visibility and Voice” for equalities groups, communities and individuals. The partnership began in April 2018 and is grant-funded by South Gloucestershire Council over three years.

Equality Partnership Aims

Supporting and empowering equalities communities and people with protected characteristics across South Gloucestershire.

Partnership Objectives

  • To support groups operating by and on behalf of people with protected characteristics to represent their views
  • To support the integration of people with protected characteristics into the wider community
  • The voice of people with protected characteristics across South Gloucestershire are influencing services and improving peoples’ lives
  • People with protected characteristics feel included empowered and valued by their local community and able to participate
  • Improved understanding between professionals working in equalities
  • More services and activities are provided through securing additional income and resources to address priorities identified by people with protected characteristics


The partnership is led by CVS South Gloucestershire and includes:

  • Age UK South Gloucestershire
  • Diversity Trust
  • South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network
  • South Gloucestershire Over 50’s Forum
  • South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network
  • Southern Brooks Community Partnerships
  • SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality)

The Diversity Trust runs projects for local communities across South Gloucestershire including Voice and Influence, Adult Wellbeing and Young People’s Services. We are partners in Equalities Voice, One You South Gloucestershire, the Equalities Forum and the South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership. We deliver a range of specialist services to LGBTQ communities. To find out more about us please visit our website     You can also follow us on social media @DiversityTrust



We’re a community development organisation, bringing people together to build strong communities. Since 1988, we’ve been working with people of all ages to help them live happy, healthy lives.

We deliver a range of services around South Gloucestershire, including priority neighbourhood. We offer youth services and family support services, support volunteering, deliver wellbeing services as part of the One You service, and provide social prescribing linkworkers.  We are a partner in Equalities Voice.

More information about projects and services are on our website here:



We are the voice of people over 50 who live or work in South Gloucestershire. Through our collective voice we can influence decisions which affect our lives. We are part of the Equality Voice and represent our members at a wide range of strategic statutory and health based meetings.

Whether your concern is about the digital divide, transport, housing, health services etc. we are always keen to hear from you.


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Contact by phone 07426 862121 or 07967 102141

CVS South Gloucestershire supports volunteering in South Gloucestershire.

We work closely with our partners, the South Gloucestershire Volunteer Centre Partnership to do that.

The Partnership operates through an independent Volunteer Centre based in Thornbury and Volunteering Services based in Kingswood, Patchway, Filton and the Stokes and Volunteering Yate run by Southern Brooks Community Partnerships.

You can find lots of Volunteering opportunities here.


The Leaders Board aims to provide strong leadership for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in South Gloucestershire.


Its purpose is to gather leaders from the voluntary sector in order to offer strategic guidance for ensuring future sustainability of the sector, to provide support and sharing of expertise, and to act as an effective platform so that the voice and concerns of local communities and the VCS are heard by local government, policy makers and major funders.


The Leaders Board evolved out of the Voluntary Sector Steering Group (VSSG), which had much success securing funding and support for the voluntary sector, yet had an infrastructure focus. With the aim to widen the inclusivity of its function, the VSSG was dissolved and the Leaders Board formed.


If you are interested in sitting on the Board please contact us at with the subject heading of Leaders Board or telephone 01454 865205. If we do not answer at your time of calling, please feel free to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is the South Gloucestershire Compact?
The South Gloucestershire Compact is an agreement between the public sector and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in South Gloucestershire. It sets out a way of working to strengthen the relationship between the sectors, for the benefit of residents and communities.


About the South Gloucestershire Compact
The South Gloucestershire Compact ‘Getting it right together’ was launched in 2004. In July 2010 it was formally adopted by the South Gloucestershire Partnership. The latest version was published in July 2014 after extensive consultation with the sectors.

Who is involved?
The South Gloucestershire Compact applies to public sector organisations who have pledged to uphold their commitments; those Town and Parish Councils who have adopted the Parish Charter; and all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations operating in South Gloucestershire.

What does the South Gloucestershire Compact mean to the sectors?
The South Gloucestershire Compact advocates a way of working for the sectors to promote collaboration and improve relationships. It goes beyond being just a list of principles or set of guidelines for sectors to follow. If an event occurs that is in breach of the Compact principles, the mediation and dispute resolution process will be used to resolve the situation.

Who is responsible for the South Gloucestershire Compact?
The South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group is responsible.

CVS South Gloucestershire, the Care forum and Southern Brooks Community Partnership are members as representatives of the voluntary and community sector. The public sector members are:

  • Avon Fire and Rescue Service
  • Avon Local Council Association
  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Town and Parish Councils who have adopted the Parish Charter.

The group aims to “Serve, represent, develop and promote the well being of local people and communities”. This is achieved by working to advance the principles of the South Gloucestershire Compact, managing the disputes process and developing best practice across and between sectors.

National recognition
In November 2012 the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, presented the South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group with the National Compact Award for Partnerships for its demonstrable commitment to the principles of the Compact and high levels of partnership working.

” We want to support communities to work together to make a real difference. The Compact Award winners show what can be achieved when people work well together in partnership,” Nick Hurd.

Read The South Gloucestershire Compact

Contact us

For Compact enquiries: 01454 865205 or 01454 865838