Engaging with the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector in Cheshire and Merseyside

The Cheshire and Merseyside Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Health and Care Leaders Group was established in 2019 with a view to supporting VCFSE sector engagement across Cheshire and Merseyside. Working alongside Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, the group is made up of representatives from across the nine Place in Cheshire and Merseyside and includes VCFSE providers, local VCFSE infrastructure organisations, and VCFSE networks of identity and experience (including older people, young people, and carers).

Sally Yeoman and Caroline Whitney have recently been seconded into the Partnership’s team and will work closely with the Cheshire and Merseyside VCFSE Health and Care Leaders Group in order to support sector activity linked to response and recovery.

Sally Yeoman is the Chief Executive of Halton and St Helens VCA and has worked in the VCFSE sector for over 20 years. Sally is currently a Board member at the Saints Community Development Foundation, a Trustee of Voluntary Sector NW, Vice-Chair of VS6 (Liverpool City Region’s VCFSE sector partnership) and is a Non-Executive Director at Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust. She is also an Institute of Directors (IoD) certified Company Director and an obsessive St Helens Rugby League fan.

Caroline Whitney has been the Chief Executive of CVS Cheshire East since its merger in 2010. She has worked within the voluntary sector for over 15 years and for a short time worked within the statutory sector coordinating engagement activities for what was Greater Manchester Police Authority, but returned to the voluntary sector, which is where her passion lies. Along with managing the team and operations at CVS Cheshire East, Caroline’s key role is to represent the voluntary sector and work with partners locally and nationally to influence positive change for her members and the wider voluntary sector.

Sally and Caroline will work as part of Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership in order to support the 14,000 plus VCFSE organisations working across Cheshire and Merseyside and the Cheshire and Merseyside VCFSE Leadership Group.

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