Help to shape blueprint for future

VOLUNTARY and community groups have a final chance to help shape a new blueprint for the way Hartlepool Borough Council and its partners will work with them in the future.

They are being invited to comment on a revised draft Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy by Monday, June 25.

The latest version of the strategy has been amended to reflect feedback received during a first stage of consultation.

Denise Ogden, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhood services, said: “Following this latest period of consultation, the strategy will be finalised and presented to the council’s cabinet for endorsement.

“Therefore, it is vital that we received as much input as possible from the voluntary and community sector, and I would urge as many people as possible to have their say before the deadline.”

The proposed new strategy sets out a framework for how organisations will work together to help promote the development, success and sustainability of the voluntary and community sector in Hartlepool.

It comes amid substantial cuts across all public sector services and reductions in funding to voluntary and community sector organisations which will significantly affect the way local services are delivered in the years ahead.

The revised draft strategy can be viewed at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/vcs comments can be submitted via this website or emailed directly to: fiona.stanforth@hartlepool.gov.uk