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Westminster Community Network

Welcome to the Westminster Community Network or WCN, as it's often calledThe WCN exists to be the voice of the voluntary sector in Westminster.  Anyone who works in the voluntary sector and serves Westminster residents is welcome to attend meetings and participate. 

One Westminster supports the WCN by setting up meetings and events, providing information and updates and through the Chair ensuring that the voice of the sector is heard loud and clear by our statutory and business partners.

WCN members welcome appointment of new chair and vice-chair

WCN members welcome appointment of new chair and vice-chair

In a lively Westminster Community Network meeting held at All Souls Clubhouse on 24 January, we were delighted to announce a new Chair and Vice Chair of the WCN who were both elected unapposed. The Chair position will be occupied by the hugely experienced Hilary Nightingale, who has spent most of her working life involved in the voluntary sector – in all sorts of roles – from volunteering, then being a trustee before running a charity and currently as Partnerships & Public Affairs Manager for the Cardinal Hume Centre. Outside of her ‘day job’ she works in community learning, teaching adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to acquire skills and also to improve their health and well-being. She is particularly committed to working in partnership and has special interests in establishing meaningful and constructive dialogues with statutory partners and health and well-being.

She will be ably supported by Deqa Salad, CEO and founder of Hear Women/GarGar Foundation, who is the new Vice Chair. Deqa has more than 10 years of experience in supporting BME women to empower themselves in Westminster and is also particularly interested in health, well-being and income generation issues. She is also extremely well connected with local community organisations throughout the borough.

Notes from the meeting are below.

Notes from WCN meeting 21 Jan 2018

WCN meeting - "What is the future of Civil Society?"

WCN meeting - "What is the future of Civil Society?"

Partly in response to a request from the NCVO for comments and partly because we like to keep up with on-trend topics, the WCN discussed the future of civil society at its last meeting on 20 July before the summer break. Following the format of the NCVO survey, which included questions such as "What is your biggest hope for civil society over the next ten years?", a lively and thought-provoking discussion ensued, the results of which can be viewed below.

Also on the agenda was a short presentation - Five Ways to Wellbeing - given by Colin Brodie, Westminster City Council's Public Health Knowledge Manager, that outlined the importance of health and well-being particularly in terms of mental health. Colin is looking for case studies dealing with mental health from third sector organisations, so please email him by 4 August if your group or organisation can help.

WCN - roundtable discussion on the future of civil society

WCN MEETING - THE STATE OF THE THIRD SECTOR IN WESTMINSTER

WCN MEETING - THE STATE OF THE THIRD SECTOR IN WESTMINSTER

The sixth Westminster Community Network meeting took place on the 17 May at the Abbey Centre in south Westminster. Under discussion this time was “The state of the third sector in Westminster” and 31 representatives from different Westminster charities attended the meeting. Useful data from the 2017 One Westminster Survey was presented during the meeting as well as a comparison with the data from the previous year. After an extensive networking session, a second presentation revealed the local and national issues affecting charities in Westminster and the strategic environment in which they work.

All agreed that it had been useful to catch up on changes to the sector and the presentation is attached below for those who wish to view it.

OTHER WCN MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR 2018

OTHER WCN MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR 2018

The next meeting will take place on:

21 March 2018 at the Abbey Centre (time tbc)

See the Training/Events section for more details about the events and how to register from about six weeks before the event date.

WCN's aims

WCN's aims

Westminster Community Network will:

  • Provide a vibrant space where the voluntary sector organisations of Westminster can interact with each other.
  • Provide opportunities for voluntary sector organisations to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest and share good practice.
  • Be the independent voice of the voluntary sector in Westminster and seek to influence decision-making for the benefit of the sector as a whole

WCN Charter

WCN Charter

The WCN has its own agreed terms of reference and a charter that was agreed in 2015.

Please click here to view the charter pdf

WCN news and info...

WCN news and info...

If you have any WCN news or info about your organisation that you'd like us to put up on this section of the site, please email Nina Hathway.

WCN suggestions for improving health service in Westminster

WCN suggestions for improving health service in Westminster

We've sent on this summary of the issues raised in the useful group discussions that followed presentations by London CCGs at the WCN meeting on 19 May 2016, which looked at the future of health care in Westminster. See below for a copy.

Suggestions for improving Westminster's health care

Housing In Westminster - Joanna Kennedy WCN 19.02.16