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HCN Information

HCN is an over-arching network comprising of local voluntary community and faith groups, networks and forums.

It offers communication channels between the voluntary and community sector and those who make decisions locally.

We identify ways in which members can participate and influence decisions affecting the delivery of services.

HCN links with Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and is a member of the Local Strategic Partnership.

HCN brings together representatives from the voluntary and community not-for-profit sector in Hastings to identify areas of common interest and share information.

Regular themed events are held that focus on key current issues.

Networking opportunities are also organised to encourage joint working.

Every two years HCN elect an Executive Board of community and voluntary sector representatives who drive the work of HCN forward.

HCN is hosted by Hastings Voluntary Action 

Charity Number: 802632, Company Number: 2409902


HCN view the networking events as crucial to keep local groups informed and develop good approaches between the VCSE and public sector so that approaches, ideas and initiatives are 'joined up'. One of the central roles of HCN is also to 'narrow the gap' between the experiences of those receiving services and the perspectives of those providing them. The outcome is the opportunity to inform commissioners, influence service provision and explore co-operation.

It is clear that HCN is a voluntary sector member organisation. Although Locality Networks are described as cross-sector forums, this should not be a stumbling block as HCN events have always sought to include relevant statutory and private sector organisations. The Executive Committee meeting is HCN’s own space for which it decides how it wants to discuss what is relevant to its membership. Locality Network activity is envisaged as primarily engagement with the wider HCN network.



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