The contribution made by the voluntary and community sector in the city of Sunderland has a significant impact on our local communities. The Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) services, activities, resources and volunteers provide a raft of opportunities that enrich lives throughout the city. Recent challenges and developments in Sunderland’s Voluntary Sector has initiated a need for a fresh new dialogue about the future of the sector and how it will be best supported and developed to ensure a more dynamic and sustainable future in the City. The VOISE engagement event is hopefully the beginning of that narrative.

What do we hope to achieve?


To be able to understand how the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sunderland can be supported to provide for a more vibrant, effective, resilient and resourceful sector;

VCAS (Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland)

VONNE (Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East),

Sunderland City Council  and

Sunderland All Together Better Alliance

are creating an opportunity for the sector to come together and share their views, concerns and vision at an event on

10th September 2019.

VOISE: Voluntary Organisations in Sunderland Engage, will provide an opportunity to listen to the sector and to hear clearly what is needed to champion and support the VCS in Sunderland moving forward.


Sunderland VCS:

VOISE Market Place

If you are a VCS organisation based in Sunderland or working in Sunderland that would like to come along to the event and share the work that you do across the City, please let us know.

There are limited spaces for organisations to come and set up promotional tables and banners in our market place. This is a great opportunity for networking!

VOISE: Market Place

The VOISE event will provide an opportunity for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to come along and set up information tables in the events marketplace.