About Representation and Advocacy

We ensure that the third sector, and the people and communities of Leeds are at the heart of strategic conversations about health and care in the region.

One of the ways we do this is by supporting representatives of the third sector onto the various health and care boards and strategic groups.

Forum Central currently supports over 30 third sector reps delivering a wide range of representative roles all over Leeds.

The role of a Forum Central Third Sector Representative is an exciting personal and professional development opportunity.

Third Sector Reps input their knowledge and experience to the important, often innovative work of the third sector. Here’s an examples of what a rep does:

  • Attends meetings of the group or board, these can vary in frequency, anything from weekly to quarterly
  • Contributes to discussions from the perspective of the third sector, offering insight into how proposed developments would effect our members and the wider third sector
  • Feeds back to Forum Central about developments so we can make sure information is shared and that the right people are aware and involved in further developments

Volunteering as a Rep can be a really rewarding experience. Forum Central and the third sector greatly appreciate the time, support and expertise offered by reps. Here’s some examples of benefits for Reps:

  • Fulfilling and unique opportunity to be part of important conversations at a city-wide level
  • Meet and connect with people who share similar experience and interests
  • Grow your knowledge in your field of work
  • Have your input on things which matter to you

We offer support for Reps to carry out their role on behalf of the third sector in the following ways:

  • Briefings before meetings and on key issues
  • Induction which will address any training and development needs
  • Support for actions required following meetings
  • Clear and person-centred processes for ‘feeding back’
  • Forum Central will communicate key messages arising from any meetings to the wider sector
  • Knowledge, information and advice about third sector health and social care activities in Leeds
  • Links and introductions to Forum Central membership and wider partnerships

Many people speak as part of the third sector on boards and in meetings in many different capacities, with varying levels of accountability and engagement with the wider third sector.

We can identify Forum Central Reps in three ways:

  • Formal Reps – recognised individuals which report back to Forum Central from the boards they are appointed to in an agreed format, for example through written updates
  • Informal Reps – recognised individuals who feed back to Forum Central in an informal way
  • Allies – people we trust to speak on behalf of the third sector but there is no formal method of reporting back to us

We recognise that it can be difficult to find and recruit a person or persons who can effectively represent the diverse third sector, particularly if you work outside of the sector.

Forum Central provides bespoke support to colleagues across the health and care sector to help identify and recruit third sector reps.

If you require a rep, please email [email protected] to discuss your options.

Meetings with Third Sector representation

MeetingDescriptionThird Sector representative(s)
Better Lives BoardThe board brings together the Adults and Health Directorate within Leeds City Council with people using services and councillors and discuss issues of concern in line with the Better Lives Strategy. It feeds into the Health and Wellbeing Board.Phil Gleeson (co-chair)
David Blythe, William Merritt Centre
Health and Wellbeing BoardThe board oversee the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, influences the commissioning of services and aims to improve the lives of people of Leeds.Pat McGeever, Health for All
Darren de Souza, Touchstone
Harnessing the Power of Communities Steering GroupThis Forum Central group brings together Third Sector organisations to shape services and decision making across health and care to ensure greater inclusivity and accessibility in commissioning and service provision.Bill Rollinson
HATCH Local Care Partnership Executive BoardThe board is made up of organisations from Burmantofts, Chapeltown, Harehills and Richmond Hill that work together to deliver joined-up collaborative care that meets the identified needs of local people.Corrina Lawrence, Feel Good Factor
Local Care Partnerships (LCP) Programme BoardThe board is a cross-sector, strategic forum informing the development of the LCP programme. It sits under the Partnership Executive Group and the Health and Wellbeing Board.Sharon Brown, Touchstone
Claire Holmes, Holbeck Together
Emma Holmes, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) Third Sector strategy Steering GroupLCH aim to deliver outstanding care and improve health outcomes for the people they serve by developing productive and effective partnerships with the third sector. This group is responsible for directing the delivery of the LCH third sector strategy.Dom Charkin, ZEST
Pip Goff (co-chair), Forum Central
Rachel Koivunen, People in Action
Leeds Faiths ForumThe Forum is an interfaith organisation that empowers religious communities to work together towards a better understanding, collaboration and good relations between faith communities and wider society.Jay Anderson and Simon Philips, Leeds Jewish Housing Association
Leeds Frailty PartnershipThe partnership is a cooperative and engaged network, working to improve the quality of life and outcomes for people in Leeds living with frailty.Ailsa Rhodes, Opal
David Smith, Cross Gates Good Neighbours Scheme
Leeds One Workforce programme boardThe board aim is for Leeds to ‘be the best place to learn and work whatever your age’. The programme partners work together to ensure that Leeds has a diverse and skilled health and care workforce.Tina Turnbull, People Matters
Leeds Safeguarding Adults BoardThe Board is a statutory body, made up of organisations that work together to safeguard adults from abuse and neglect.Philip Bramson, Advonet
Long Term Conditions BoardThe board aims to ensure that people with long term conditions feel supported to manage their own condition and receive timely evidence based care when required.Iain Anderson, Age UK Leeds
Mental Health Partnership BoardThis board is made up of commissioners from health and social care, people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, and providers from statutory, third sector and public health services. It is the strategic board for mental health in Leeds.Sinead Cregan, Inspire North
Tessa Denham, Women’s Counselling and Therapy
Jenny Groves, Battle Scars
Helen Kemp (co-chair), Leeds Mind
Jay Silver, Touchstone
Partnership Executive GroupThe group is tasked with delivering the Leeds health and Care plan and it is accountable to the Health and Wellbeing Board.Kerry Jackson, St Gemma’s Hospice

Contact us

 0113 242 1321  |  [email protected]  |  @gabby_voinea