New Development of TSA
New West Cheshire Compact Consultation
TSA/Affordable Warmth Strategy Group Fuel Poverty Advice Survey - Interim Headline Report
New Development of TSA
The CWAC Infrastructure Partnership which manages/coordinates the TSA, would like to inform you of an important development regarding the future coordination of the Assembly. The secondment of Anne Lancaster - Third Sector Assembly Coordinator will come to an end on the 31st March 2014. The Third Sector Assembly will continue to operate and there is a handover currently taking place with the infrastructure partnership, who are currently putting in place systems to ensure effective continuity.The partnership would like to assure you that, in line with the feedback from the consultation at the Third Sector Assembly event last year, there will be only minor changes to the way that the Third Sector Assembly operates and organisations will still have the opportunity to feed into developments across the sector, be kept up to date the local and national consultations and policy changes, as well as having the opportunity to attend sector events.We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anne for all of her hard work and dedication in supporting the Third Sector Assembly, and we wish her the very best of luck in the future.
Future correspondence from the TSA will come through an automated online service that will be administered by several partner organisations. We will write out to you in April from this service, with instructions on how to share and disseminate information in the future. For future correspondence to the TSA, from end of March the email address is:
TSA carried out a short survey looking at how front line organisations and groups experience and deal with requests for advice and support on fuel poverty including advice on bills and debt, fuel tariffs and reduction of cost installing energy efficiency measures. This formed part of the work feeding into the TSA Winter Event on Welfare Reform held on 29th January. An interim report was produced.
A second survey is now being undertaken - aimed at smaller organisation that work directly with individuals but where fuel poverty/welfare advice is not a core part of the work. The report from this survey will be published shortly.
West Cheshire Compact Consultation
Formal consultation on the draft of the revised West Cheshire Compact began on 14th March. The closing date for comments on this document is Tuesday 12th June 2014. The Compact Consultation document can be accessed here
The Compact will be formally launched at an event in the early summer and information on this will be circulated through Network and TSA mailing list.
Please pass on this message and the attachments to colleagues as appropriate. We want to ensure that the final Compact is informed by the widest possible input from the third and public sectors.
This website contains information about the Third Sector Assembly in Cheshire West and Chester and how it works to represent the interests of the sector. It also contains useful information on consultations, new policies and initiatives (national and local) and opportunities to work collaboratively. The site also has links to a range of public and third sector bodies as well as to TSA representatives from the networks across West Cheshire.
The Third Sector Assembly Cheshire West (TSA) was set up in 2008 as an association of independent third sector networks and organisations in the Cheshire West area. This includes infrastructure organisations (offering support and training to the sector) as well as front line organisations providing services and self-help groups. TSA offers a recognised focal point - not just for public sector partners and others wishing to engage with the sector, but also for the sector itself. It provides a forum for discussion, information exchange, mutual support, and co-ordination, dialogue and decision making on the “big issues” affecting the sector nationally, regionally and locally.
Networks nominate or elect representatives to sit on the TSA Management Group which directs the work of the TSA, whilst the Core Group made up of the five infrastucture organisations delivering the "Strengthening the Third Sector" contract with Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (of which the develpoment and running of the TSA is a key element) are responsible for the day-to-day working of the TSA. The TSA offers a means of coordinating views and disseminating information. It is a single point of contact for public (or statutory) sector organisations such as local authorities, health authorities, the police and the fire service enabling consultation and communication. It gives the sector a strategic voice - contributing to strategy and policy nationally, regionally and locally. Finally, it also secures recognition for the role of the sector in policy formulation and service delivery, enabling it to bring its unique experience and skills into dicussions and initiatives.
The Assembly aims to:
See the About Us page for details of the Third Sector Assembly's Structure and Terms of Reference and the Management Group page for information on the TSA Management Group and how it works, network representation, TSA working groups and projects, and TSA meetings and events. The Information page includes the TSA Co-ordinator reports, details of the West Cheshire Compact, general policy and funding information (including the latest Altogether Better information) and you can also access the most recent editions of TSA News Online here.