Voluntary Action Swindon 2016 AGM

The following is a letter from Tim Ward, Chair of Trustees at Voluntary Action Swindon.

Dear colleagues

I hope that you had a splendid summer. I thought it would be an appropriate time to update you on progress and plans here at Voluntary Action Swindon and to give early notice of the AGM.

After an unsettling year in 2015, the new Board of Trustees focused on stabilising the organisation, improving governance and ensuring that we were meeting the required outcomes for contracts that we held. We have made good progress on all these fronts and I will report more fully on this at the AGM.

This year’s AGM will take place at our offices in John St on Thursday, 24th November, 2016. A buffet lunch and networking opportunity will be available from 1 p.m., with the AGM itself starting at 2 p.m. We will send further information nearer the time, but please do put the date in your diaries.

The Board has more recently been turning our attention to the long-term future of VAS. Part of this is ensuring long-term financial sustainability, but more important is ensuring that VAS plays a full and effective role in ensuring a vibrant and healthy voluntary sector that provides desperately needed services and support for those in our communities who need it. We also want to ensure that the sector has the capabilities and opportunities to support and promote active, healthy, inclusive and lively communities which are actively engaged with wider civil society.

As part of this process, we will be consulting with members, the wider voluntary sector and other stakeholders to gather your views and input to help with developing a vision and plan for VAS that is relevant to the challenging times ahead. Part of this consultation will be carried out in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and will also help inform their future investment in the sector.

We will be seeking to continue to build effective working partnerships with those in the public and private sector who share our aims. At the same time we will want to support and reinforce the capacity of the sector to contribute to policy and service development and provide a critical voice where necessary. We are looking at how this important role can be shared more widely and hope to bring forward proposals on improving representation before the end of this year.

As Chair of Trustees, I have been fortunate to have colleagues on the Board who are working with dedication and commitment to further the interests of VAS, our members and the wider sector. The AGM provides an opportunity to further strengthen the Board. We are particularly keen to recruit Trustees who have expertise in areas such as legal issues, HR and marketing.

We will be sending out invitations for volunteers or nominations for Trustee positions shortly. In line with our standing orders we will be inviting potential Trustees for an interview and discussion prior to the AGM.

I hope this update is helpful. I look forward to meeting many of you at the AGM, but if you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please contact me at timward.learning@gmail.com

With very best wishes

Tim Ward
Chair of Trustees

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