Developing Community Work with the Voluntary Sector

Great Yarmouth is fortunate to have a diverse range of community and voluntary sector (CVS) organisations. Recognising the strengths of the sector has been key to driving a number of agendas in the borough, including addressing worklessness and improving community cohesion. Community development continues to be driven by the CVS itself, providing independence from the local authority and a relevance to local people’s needs. This approach has seen community development transform from rigid, pre-determined methods of engagement to creative and innovative approaches to working with communities, including working with people at bus stops, in pubs or outside of the school gates. The facilitation of support to the CVS has helped to equip the sector with tools and the ability to embrace a new funding environment in light of national and local changes.