Connexions must involve voluntary sector

Connexions partnerships must develop local strategies for
involving the voluntary sector in their work, according to a
guidance document launched this week.

The publication, Involving the Voluntary and Community Sector in
Connexions, says partnerships that  have successfully formed
relationships with local agencies will be asked to help spread
‘best practice’ around the country.

The move comes after a survey last year revealed some Connexions
partnerships have struggled to work with local voluntary

The guidance says there are a variety of reasons behind the slow
progress including difficulties with local infrastructure. The
publication also acknowledges, “we are still going through a
period of transition where cultural differences and mistrust
between those coming from different backgrounds sometimes
frustrates change”.

The strategy for engaging the VCS in Connexions expired at the
end of last year. This new document replaces that guidance.

Involving the Voluntary and Community Sector in
Connexions, strategy and guidance 2004-2005 can be downloaded from

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