VCS Emergencies Partnership


Reading Voluntary Action is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership. This page is a guide to the partnership and how you can request support from it.
What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?

The VCS Emergencies Partnership is made up of a range of organisations 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.

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 organisation needs, the VCS Emergencies Partnership can step in to facilitate provision of that support.

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:

  • a network of regional hubs to provide additional capacity to the VCS when demand outstrips supply at a local level
  • a national cell to match and coordinate demand for volunteers across the country, and
  • a new data platform that pools sector-wider understanding of unmet need across the UK and informs a more effective response to emergencies.
Further information
Stay up to date
  • Sign up for the VCS Emergencies Partnership fortnightly email bulletin by emailing
  • Follow the VCS Emergencies Partnership on twitter: @vcsep

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