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The small charities advisory panel has been launched today to champion the voices and experiences of small charities. The panel will ensure this vital part of the voluntary sector can continue to access tailored help, support and advocacy.
The creation of the panel was a key part of the agreement to transfer services from the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) when it closed last year. The SCC's services are currently delivered by NCVO in partnership with the FSI.
Following the announcement the FSI will close in Spring 2023, the panel will now help us continue the legacies of both the FSI and SCC. The panel sits independently but will play a vital advisory role. It will also hold NCVO and any future partners to account.
The panel is made up of 14 members. It includes diverse representation from six small charities, two funders and six infrastructure organisations, including one with a focus on volunteering. The panel will meet quarterly, with the first full meeting to be held in May 2023.
The panel will offer strategic insight to NCVO and our partners, ensuring we continue to anticipate and meet the needs of smaller organisations in the voluntary sector. The group will also work with other infrastructure partners and organisations across the sector to ensure the wider support offer is comprehensive, responsive and coherent.
Recruitment for the panel took place through an open process between summer 2022 and early 2023. Following expressions of interest from panel members, the panel agreed to appoint two co-chairs: Ray Coyle, Director of Oxford Hub, and Vicki Beevers, CEO of The Sleep Charity.
You can find out more about the co-chairs and other panel members on the small charities advisory panel web page.
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