What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?

The VCS Emergencies Partnership is made up of a range of organizations within the sector and co-chaired by the British Red Cross and NAVCA. It aims to improve coordination at national and local levels before, during, and after emergencies, helping people prepare, respond and recover. The VCS Emergencies Partnership is currently responding to the evolving Covid-19 crisis. Longer-term, the partnership’s goal is to establish a framework of response for future local or national emergencies.

o   Read more on the VCS Emergencies Partnership website.

Request support in emergencies

There are times when there is not enough local capacity to provide the support needed in an emergency. The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership aims to fill that gap. If local councils for voluntary service, local resilience forums, and local authority hubs cannot provide the support a local organization needs, the VCS Emergencies Partnership can step in to facilitate the provision of that support.

o   Read more and request support here.


How is the VCS Emergencies Partnership funded?

The VCS Emergencies Partnership will receive £4.8 million in funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, to help strengthen the voluntary sector’s response to coronavirus and future emergencies. This funding will be used to improve coordination across the voluntary and community sector through:

o   a network of regional hubs to provide additional capacity to the VCS when demand outstrips supply at a local level

o   a national cell to match and coordinate demand for volunteers across the country, and

o   a new data platform that pools sector-wider understanding of unmet need across the UK and informs a more effective response to emergencies.


The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership is seeking information on how Kent – wide organizations are coping in the current situation and any concerns they may have in terms of issues that could affect them going forward.

If you do have any issues relating to the above, please do get in contact: alex@chbvc.org

More details about the support of the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership can be found here.