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Bexley Forums and Networks

BVSC currently facilitate 4 networks and forums in Bexley: 

1. Bexley Voluntary Forum 
​2. Bexley Children and Young People Network (CYP network)
3. Bexley Adult Health and Social Care Network (AHSC network)
4. Bexley Disability Sports (and physical activity) Network (DSN) . 

With the exception of The Bexley Voluntary Forum, which covers children; young people; adult health and social care; growth; environment etc, each network is thematic.

They are all open to voluntary and community organisations that are based or benefit Bexley residents and our local authority and Integrated Care System colleagues.

In order to preserve a space for the voluntary sector to meet together to discuss sector issues, there is a voluntary sector protected time slot at the end of each meeting. 

We operate quarterly meetings, with the exception of The DSN which currently runs bi-monthly. 

Terms of reference: 

Bexley Voluntary Forum: To provide a space where all voluntary and community organisations in Bexley can meet, find out about key strategic priorities and plans impacting on their communities, and have an opportunity to voice their views (also click here for the Terms of Reference). The Voluntary Forum is administered by BVSC (Bexley Voluntary Service Council). The Chair is elected by members at an annual meeting, through a nomination process coordinated by BVSC. Representatives for Adult Health and Social Care and Children and Young People are also elected at the Voluntary Forum. Representatives serve up to 3 years (review after year 1 and year 2).

CYP network, AHSC network and DSN: To give an opportunity to network with others; hear about local updates and take part in discussions to help shape services; share good practice; raise awareness of new services and engage across the voluntary and statutory sectors. Click here for a copy of the DSN Terms of Reference.

Engagement Opportunities: The networks and forums are there for you to support your work and build relationships. Please let me know if you would like to reserve a slot to share your work; engage; consult and/or co-produce a project/programme with network members. 

We aim to provide a dynamic, interactive environment where speakers are invited to present an overview of their topic; state the call to action and invite discussion. If you would like to speak at the networks/forum the usual time slots are 10 mins - 3/4 mins presentation with 6/7 mins Q and A; 15 - 20 mins - 5/10 mins presentation with 10/15 mins Q and A/consultation.

Please click here for the full list of networks and forum dates for 2022.

Click onto https://www.bvsc.co.uk/events to register a place.

Please contact Jacqueline Bobb, Partnership Officer, BVSC email: jbobb@bvsc.co.uk or tel: 01322 524 682 for further information and to be added to the distribution lists.
 
Further Information About The Bexley Disability Sports (and Physical Activities) Network: 
 
BVSC is leading on a Comic Relief funded project to support Bexley deaf and disabled people to access high quality sports and physical activities and support those that wish to provide those services. The project is run by The Sports Inclusion Officer, Aishah Safdar aishah@bvsc.co.uk or telephone 01322 524 682 with a steering group consisting of the London Borough of Bexley; London Sport; Disability Sports Coach; Bexley Local Offer and local voluntary sector organisations. 
 
Activities: Please click here for the Deaf and Disability Sports and Physical Activities Directory.
Activities for 0 - 25 year olds: Please click here for details 
Support for organisations: Please click here for details
 
If you would like support with becoming more inclusive for deaf and disabled people please contact Aishah or Jacqueline jbobb@bvsc.co.uk. Support includes:
  • joining the DSN to network and collaborate
  • training
  • peer mentoring
  • funding support