VS6 Metro Mayor Hustings: The Vision for Liverpool City Region

Event Date: 06 April 2017

Thursday 6 April 2017, 6.30-8.30pm – Liverpool Cathedral.

What will your Metro Mayor do for communities and the voluntary sector?

In the run up to the Metro Mayor election on May 4th 2017, VS6 is holding a special hustings to give members of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector the chance to quiz the candidates as they lay out their visions, priorities and strategies for the future of Liverpool City Region.

On the platform:

  • Steve Rotheram, Labour
  • Tony Caldeira, Conservative
  • Carl Cashman, Liberal Democrat
  • Tom Crone, Green

The hustings will be chaired by Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon, independent Chair of the VS6 Partnership.

The first ever Mayor of Liverpool City Region will be elected in just three months, with a historic opportunity to use devolution to forge a social partnership that puts people and place first, creating a healthy, happy and socially just Liverpool City Region. It’s clear that communities and citizens will need to be at the heart, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can drive this. VS6 will be asking the candidates how they plan to work with us to bring that change.

With over 8,000 organisations, 24,000 employees, and volunteers contributing half a million hours a week to their communities, the sector is a core part of our region’s society and economy. But with the loss of EU funds and continued austerity, fundamental questions remain. How will the sector be embedded in combined authority strategy and delivery? How will the new Mayor use his or her influence to promote the role of the voluntary sector? Can faith groups’ deep connections to their communities be strengthened and capitalised on, whilst delivering prosperity at the city-region level? How will the sector be supported in generating philanthropic investment? In cash strapped times, how can we drive community-centred approaches to transforming health and wellbeing? Will the new Mayor and the sector co-produce a voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise strategy for Liverpool City Region?

Join in to debate with the candidates as we explore how they will use their influence and devolved powers to work with the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to improve the lives of all our communities and build a prosperous Liverpool City Region.

Book your place here.

On registration, you will be given the option to submit a question to the candidates. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to attend but will be prohibited from doing so by transport costs, a small amount of money is available to help with costs. Contact sam.popper@vsnw.org.uk to discuss this.

VS6 is a partnership of 14 support organisations working with the 8,600 voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations operating across our Liverpool City Region. We work together to champion the vital role our sector does and could play in the future of the city region, while seeking to shape local policy and implementation for the benefit of our communities.

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