22/05/2020

Message from Pam Webb, CEO Voluntary Action Swindon

As we all work together in these unusual times to support the residents of Swindon, I’m delighted to introduce two new faces to VAS and at the same time to thank and bid a fond farewell and wish all the very best to Andrea Barrett who leaves us next Thursday to take up a new post with a Mental Health charity in Newbury closer to where she lives.

Joining us on 2nd June as Inclusion and Collaboration Development Manager, is Jol Rose . Jol moves from his current role of development officer at Wiltshire Council where he has been providing support to the small business/social enterprise sector. Prior to this Jol’s career has included working in service provision in the NHS, the voluntary sector and being self employed. Jol has also volunteered for Oxfam and currently volunteers for the Swindon City of Sanctuary charity, organising the weekly drop in café supporting refugees and asylum seekers to meet each other and other communities. Jol is really looking forward to using his range of skills in an area he is passionate about and will be leading our equality work and supporting collaboration across the sector.

Joining us on the 8th June, to replace Andrea as Funding and Governance Development Manager is Carol Willis. Carol has spent the two years as Portfolio Manager for Healthwatch Swindon and Healthwatch B&NES, where her role has involved ensuring a public voice to local partners and stakeholders to influence the commissioning of health and social care including chairing the Engagement Safeguarding Board. Previously she has worked in Adult and Community Education, Swindon Colleges and Swindon Borough Council. Having written successful funding bids herself and engaged with many a Board, Carol is looking forward to combining her range of skills with her passion for the voluntary sector. We’ve also moved this to a full time role in anticipation of the funding and government needs of the sector going forward into the post COVID recovery phase.

I’m delighted to welcome Jol and Carol to strengthen the capacity and knowledge at VAS at a time when our support to the Swindon Voluntary Sector as well as our work to ensure that Swindon remains a welcoming and inclusive town has never been more critical #NEVERMORENEEDED.

The whole team at VAS looks forward to working with you all to ensure that, together, we can provide the best possible support to those that need it most in our local community as we work through and beyond the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Pam

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