Website for family charities expanded

A website aimed at voluntary groups that work with children, young people and families has been expanded to include more information about training and commissioning.

The VCS Engage website, which was set up to strengthen the engagement of the sector in the Every Child Matters agenda, will now provide comprehensive information about VCS Engage initiatives as well as full details of training and events.

The improved website,, includes a new ‘in your area’ section, which will outline the work of development managers in the nine Government Office regions, as well as details of training and events in each region.

It will also update organisations on changes in the commissioning process, as well as providing links to useful publications, websites, toolkits and guidance.

Other features include a ‘jargon-buster’ designed to make sense of the sector’s terms and acronyms, and a discussion forum.

“We wanted to develop the website to make it a useful tool, as well as making people aware of our own programmes,” said a spokeswoman for VCS Engage. “We also wanted to make organisations aware of other training events that could be useful.

“It will give information about changes to the commissioning process and how it will affect people.”

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