VOLA is a consortium of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector service providers operating in Liverpool City Region. The consortium exists to provide a formal structure for supporting the VCSE sector in relation to learning, skills, employment support and criminal justice services (crime prevention and rehabilitation of offenders) in the area.
Operating as a Social Enterprise and legally constituted in October 2013, VOLA Consortium is a Company Ltd by Guarantee (8746685) and a Registered Charity (1158777). However, the consortium has actually been in operation in an unincorporated form since 2007 through a hybrid managing agent/ lead provider model, housed in Sefton CVS.
VOLA has a strong track record of success in managing and delivering complex and challenging public sector contracts supported by solid business management and support infrastructures and, since its inception, has delivered over £8m of publicly funded contracts, supporting nearly 5,000 learners and over 700 employers to date.
The consortium has robust contract, programme and project management processes. Over 80 local VCSE sector organisations have been involved in the delivery of consortium contracts/ projects to date and 120 have taken part in capacity building and Quality Improvement activities.
If you would like to become a member of our successful and expanding consortium, please click on the membership section of our website.
VOLA (through Sefton CVS as lead body) in partnership with LCVS and Network for Europe (NfE) have been successful in their bid to the Big Lottery Fund to run the Programme Development phase of their Building Better Opportunities (ESF opt-in) programme, which is part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-20 programme. Building Better Opportunities sits under the ‘social inclusion and combating poverty’ strand of the ESIF programme.
The ESIF programme is being overseen at a local level by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and over the next few months, we will be working with the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, the LEP and the Big Lottery Fund to shape the development of LCR’s Building Better Opportunities programme.
To this end, we will:
The partnership of VOLA, LCVS and NfE is well placed lead on this project, working closely with the LEP and the Big Lottery Fund to influence local European funding priorities.
Through this project, in addition to the core aim of shaping the Big Lottery Fund funding priorities, we intend to inform and consult with the VCSE sector on plans for Liverpool City Region’s wider ESIF programme.
If you would like to submit proposals for required interventions - either that you think should be specifically funded through the Big Lottery Fund ‘Building Better Opportunities’ strand, or through the wider ESIF (2014-20) programme - please complete the template below and return to email@example.com by Friday 5th December 2014. Please note that proposals should be evidence based, rather than speculative suggestions.
We are pleased to announce that our new online membership platform has now been launched.