At NAVCA, we want to see a thriving voluntary and community sector, where every area in England can access high-quality local infrastructure support. That's why a key aspect of what we do is our work to influence system change, often through our policy work. Here's what we do:
Listen: We listen to our members' experiences and concerns, consulting with them through topic-specific roundtables, surveys, and conversations. We do this so that we can understand the issues facing local infrastructure organisations, and what practical solutions would help to solve these issues.
Research: We conduct and commission research about our members, so that our work and lobbying is informed by evidence. We share the data and analysis of our research in accessible formats, so that we can demonstrate the impact and value of local infrastructure to a wide audience.
Amplify: We amplify our members’ voices at a national level, to influence policy and funding. We do this by talking to policy- and decision-makers, participating in national forums and discussions, coordinating networks, and working with national and local government.
Support: We support our members in their policy work by providing sector-specific briefings on national policy developments and proposals. We focus on the issues that are most relevant to our members, and ensure that the information we provide is timely and accessible.
Our members receive briefings directly. You can read a selection of our recent publications below.
This is a short briefing on the Spring Budget, published in March 2023, with items of direct relevance to NAVCA members.
At NAVCA, we are exploring the Connecting Locally research further, looking at what it means for our membership, and how we can use it to advocate for our members nationally.
Download our first deep dive, 'What is local infrastructure?', published in February 2023.
The final report of the two year Law Family Commission on Civil Society was published on 26 January
2023. We published this briefing for members, highlighting key issues for local infrastructure. This briefing was published in January 2023.
We published a briefing for our members on the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022, which is now available to view here. It details the implications of the Statement on the voluntary and community sector.
In response to members’ experiences around commissioning and competition, this paper draws together a set of issues arising from local authority commissioning in particular. LIOs have long needed to diversify the work they do to generate income, sometimes away from direct infrastructure support.
The tensions between local infrastructure organisations [LIOs] delivering frontline services; and delivery organisations stepping into an infrastructure space seems to be increasing. This was published in October 2022.
Banking is a fundamental requirement for the voluntary sector, yet a growing number of charities are struggling to find banking services that meet their needs.
Over 1200 voluntary organisations responded to a survey commissioned by the Civil Society Group between March and May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing. This Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified.
Briefing No.1 explores four key messages that connect all respondents' experiences:
1. Services that charities need are increasingly unavailable
2. Services that are available are not suited to the way that charities operate
3. Charities often encounter poor customer service
4. Online banking is not designed for or accessible to charities
Many of the challenges identified could be overcome, and we want to work with the banking sector to understand the drivers of these challenges, improve understanding of charities and how they work, and collaboratively develop solutions.
The report has been prepared by NCVO, NAVCA, ACRE, WCVA and CFG.
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