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West Midlands Civil Society Forum

Wed, 18/05/2016

West Midlands Civil Society Forum(WMCSF)

The West Midlands has a new Combined Authority which will be making big decisions about our economy, livelihoods, priorities and public spending.

We believe these decisions should be made with the influence not only of local government and business, but also of civil society – those who understand and care about our communities and environment.

This is why we are forming the West Midlands Civil Society Forum – to provide a voice for civil society into the Combined Authority. We are seeking ways of engaging with how decisions are made. Membership is open to all voluntary and community sector organisations in the area covered by the WMCA.

We’re keen that this network is welcoming to every organisation who sees the WMCA as relevant to what they do.

Regional Action West Midlands has offered some coordination support to the forum on a temporary basis.

Who can Join

Membership is open to all not-for-profit voluntary organisations operating in the area covered by the West Midlands Combined Authority Area.

How your organisation can take part in the Forum

As a member, you can send a representative to meetings, participate in discussion on the online forum, and  participate in subgroups on key themes. In the coming months we hope to have some formal engagement with the WMCA: decisions on who represents the forum and on any statements made will be made at meetings, and notified to members by email.

How to join

Send an email requesting membership of the Forum, giving address and contact person details, to RAWM's Information and Communications Team. You can then be added to the list of members and joined to an online forum/email list through a google/yahoogroup where you can choose whether to receive all emails or read them online. Announcements on important Forum matters such as notices of meetings will be emailed out, but wider discussion can be held on the forum.

How it operates and how its decisions are made

The acting chair is Jon Morris of Localise West Midlands, who brought the initial meeting together. Decisions are currently made by those members who attend meetings. Those representing networks are responsible for seeking and bringing their network’s views to meetings. In future, some Forum statements may be agreed by email.

We are establishing a web and social media presence and formalising our membership and ways of working. We are also setting up some working groups that can discuss the key issues the WMCA is considering:

  • Transport and Spatial Planning
  • Housing (inc homelessness)
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Local Economics, Training & Workforce Development
  • Civic Engagement
  • Youth Justice

To find out more go to LocaliseWM website