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Providing Perspective

Third Sector engagement in service development

National Government guidance to statutory agencies over recent years has emphasised the need to include the third-sector in policy making and planning. It can be time consuming and difficult to ensure the representatives on statutory groups have the reach within the sector and provide relevant input and feedback to the group. 

Providing Perspective is an acknowledged impartial voice in Kent voluntary sector. This leaflet explains the structured approach for representation requests to be made and for individuals to volunteer for, and get involved with, representation opportunities.  

The third sector has a great deal to offer in terms of identifying local need, helping to design solutions to meet those needs, providing a channel of communication and means of consulting with more vulnerable people, especially those who can be harder to reach through statutory services. There are numerous benefits to the parties involved: 

  • It ensures that awareness is raised of the work and capabilities of the third sector relevant to the initiative and then advocated and promoted where appropriate.
  • It enables seldom heard groups to have their case stated through a representative.
  • The statutory and third sectors has an efficient process for facilitating opportunities to give third sector perspective on service development and delivery.
  • Learning can be shared back into organisations and services involved.
  • The statutory sector hears a high-quality voice on behalf of the sector and utilises the feedback they receive when making decisions.
  • There is better decision making in relation to community support and services to the benefit of all organisations, through more effective and targeted working, and ultimately the communities they serve.
  • Third sector organisations are provided with development opportunities for their volunteers and staff and provide insight to them in their own strategic decision making.

To ensure best practice is used and that the relationship works appropriately and to the mutual benefit of all parties involved, a Code of Conduct is provided as guidance on the joint working arrangements.

We then work as a ‘broker’ to find the best match between incoming representation requests and our growing pool of volunteers. When a likely match is found, we will make introductions by email, leaving the parties involved to make arrangement for the representation work to commence. If for any reason a proposed role does not look an appropriate match, then we will search for and propose an alternate volunteer.

Further information can be found by downloading the full document or by contacting or calling us on 07877259822