PCC continues to champion partnership working at his annual third sector conference (22 Nov 2016)

005 - 21-Nov -2016West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson continued to champion partnership working at his annual third sector conference yesterday (21/11).

The event was held in Wakefield City Centre and attended by 140 people from over 80 organisations from across West Yorkshire.

The Third Sector is a collective term covering voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.

The conference, which was arranged in conjunction with the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership, had a key theme of service user involvement.

The aims of the conference were to enable a wider third sector audience to engage with the PCC, to discuss the role of sector in promoting the involvement of victims and offenders in the design and development of services and to support the development of district based third sector networks.

The event follows the PCC funding dedicated third sector networks in each district of West Yorkshire. The networks look to improve communication and information sharing, provide training, enable better engagement and promote collaboration.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The Third Sector has a crucial role to play in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. Numerous organisations are out there in our neighbourhoods making a real difference working with some of the most vulnerable.

"This annual event gives me a real chance to connect and see what more I can do to support these groups. It was also a chance for organisations to link in more with their district network which will provide them all with a solid base from which to work from.

"Securing better outcomes for people across West Yorkshire relies on a mix of activities from a range of partners to come together to share ideas, best practice and an understanding of what works to innovate and together implement positive change.

Ruth Kettle, Chief Executive of Community Links and the Police and Crime Commissioner's Third Sector Advocate said: "We are delighted that Mark Burns-Williamson clearly values and supports the work of the third sector and our crucial role in the community.

"Funding for the 5 district networks will enable greater coordination of our efforts over the coming 12 months with a view to improving outcomes for all."

You can find out more about the PCC's work with the Third Sector by visiting www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/partnership/partnership-working/third-sector.aspx or by contacting the Third Sector Advisor.

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