Interlink is the County Voluntary Council for Rhondda Cynon Taff, but what does that mean?
We are an organisation set-up to support the voluntary sector in Rhondda Cynon Taff. We have about 400 members, around 20 staff and a volunteer Committee.
We had our 10th birthday in 2008 and our work has grown from helping local groups and volunteers to include social enterprises, improving public services and supporting service users to have a voice.
This work is all included under Interlink’s banner of ‘voluntary action’ and we include as part of the ‘Voluntary Sector’.
Challenges that we need to help the Voluntary Sector to respond to include:
Working Together - to make a difference, partners need to work together to address local issues.
Active Communities - the Sector needs to respond rapidly to more demand on services as a result of the credit crunch and support people most at risk to be active and take part in what is happening in their community.
Communities First - we need to make it clear how we relate to and support Community First Partnerships.
Social Enterprise - we need to work to look at how we can help our communities in the long-term, and we need to develop locally owned businesses and assets through social and community enterprises.
Contracts Not Grants - a move away from grants brings new challenges in terms of giving a reliable, good quality service and showing clear outcomes.
Involving People - the Sector can play a lead role by helping to involve people in making services better.
Vision, Mission, Principles and Aims
To develop a vibrant Voluntary Sector in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
To enable people to achieve their ambitions through voluntary action.
To aim to support the Voluntary Sector taking into account the needs of smaller groups.
To promote equal opportunities, aiming to reach those individuals and groups most in need.
To support voluntary action, aiming to promote and facilitate the involvement of service users, carers and citizens.
To be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the Voluntary Sector.
To support and develop partnership working at all levels to identify, address and deliver actions that meet the needs of local communities.
To enhance and not compete with the work of member organisations.
Want to know more about what we do? Click on the links below.
Our Annual Report for 2011/2012 will tell you what we got up to last year.
Our Strategic Delivery Plan for 2011/2014 sets out what we plan to do next year.