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Developing Infrastructure

Supporting third sector organisations to deliver services effectively.

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Supporting Communities

Creating opportunities for third sector organisations to become actively involved in shaping their communities.

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Influencing Policy

Promoting the interests of the third sector in policy and strategy development.

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Sector Intelligence

Building a strong third sector intelligence base to support policy engagement.

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As the support agency for voluntary and community organisations in the West Midlands area our mission is to enable a sustainable, effective and inclusive voluntary and community sector.


A report summarising the findings of a public consultation over what powers a mayoral WMCA should have has been delivered to the Government. The consultation asked bodies and groups what they believed was needed for a West Midlands Mayor and the WMCA to deliver the devoluation agreement from last November. The consultation took place between 4th July to 21st August. More that 1,300 submissions were received in both online and hard copy formats. West Midlands Civil Society Forum gave a submission. To read a summary of the responses received click here.



The West Midlands Combined Authority has commissioned research in to mental health and its impact on the public sector. It is believed this commission is the first of its type in the country

The commission will consider evidence from around the West Midlands region and beyond and it will consider the experiences of real people with real mental health experiences, as well as the knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and mental health organisations.

The commission will be chaired by Norman Lamb MP, former minister of state for care and support.

The elected member sponsor is Cllr Darren Cooper, vice chair of the shadow WMCA.

The commission has identified the following key areas of enquiry:

  • Employment and housing
  • Early intervention principles
  • Criminal justice/troubled individuals
  • Role of employers
  • Primary care

To find out more about the focus. scope and timetable for the research report please click here.

The deadline for registering your interest for these events has now passed, but the Commission would still like to hear from people who hace a broader interest in mental health. . People can still participate by completing an online submission for the Commission to consider which can be found here



Each of the regional networks that make up Regional Voices, including Regional Action West Midlands (RAWM), has produced a “Who’s Who” guide to key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant people from NHS England area teams, clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, CQC, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch.

You can access the Who’s Who guides for the other regions at

Please help us keep this guide up to date by notifying us of any changes or corrections by emailing:

To download a copy of the West Midland's Who's Who guide - click here.



International Women’s Day
Celebrating Women’s Conference
Edgbaston Community Centre, Birmingham

19th March 2016


This weekend Living Well Church bought over 40 women together to celebrate International Women’s Day, among the speakers was Sharon Palmer MBE,  Chief Executive of Regional Action West Midlands.  RAWM is the infrastructure organisation works to support the strategic development, engagement and sustainability of voluntary sector organisations in and across the West Midlands and she continued the theme of celebrating the contribution and successes of women by showcasing the many and varied roles she plays in the course of her work and personal life and setting the challenge to her all female audience to look at themselves and explore, own and be proud of their own identity.
The event provided an excellent environment to hear from exceptional women who have achieved success in the world of business, health and well being as well faith and empowerment, whilst exploring some of the ongoing challenges faced by women of all faiths, races and ages.  
‘It is great that the conference left the delegates feeling inspired, not only about others but about their own achievements’ said Sharon ‘ confidence in oneself is often the start of many good things, all of the women present here today will definitely spread that message and how exciting is that?’


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