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VANEL is acting as a Local Liaison Lead in the North Cell of the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP).  This project runs from September 2020 into 2021.

You can find out much more about what the VCSEP is about via their introductory blog post here.

Further blogging about the programme being run nationally also appears occasionally on Medium on the VCSEP page here.

Bulletins are released every couple of weeks updating everyone on the progress of the programme.  Read the first one here.
The latest update is for 30th October 2020 here.

VCSEP is also on Twitter here

VCSEP is led by the British Red Cross so you can read more about the programme on their website here.

A key national partner is NAVCA and their information page here has more information about VCSEP.

VANEL contribute to the ongoing information gathering and action planning within the North Cell of VCSEP and we’ll share information and updates on our own blog as appropriate.


“Being a part of the VCSEP Local Intelligence Network means that information we gather about what is happening in our local area will contribute to a wider understanding of the impact of the pandemic. Like many local infrastructure organisations, our role is to and give an early warning of any potential problems that may escalate, and the VCSEP is a mechanism to make sure any warnings are heard and acted upon.”  Paula Grant, Chief Officer VANEL


For information, here are the Terms of Reference for the Multi-Agency Cells” (VANEL being part of the North Cell).

The very first Impact Report from the VCS EP has been published (October 2020) and you can read this here to get a sense of the work that has been done over the past few months.,l:6.44%25,w:87.12%25,h:87.12%25/rs=w:1200,cg:true,m