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Chief Executive's Comment - May 2016

Photo of Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire

Thu 19 May 2016

Building Our Movement - I hope you have all survived the year-end relatively unscathed, that new funding streams have come through with the start of a new financial year and that existing relationships and resources have been maintained. There is no doubt that the VCSE sector faces an uphill challenge, especially when it comes to the support receive from local statutory partners. In most cases diminishing resources are a fact of life for them and it’s through no ill will (in fact the very opposite) that they must pass on these ‘cuts’ to VCSEs. In Staffordshire, many local councils continue to protect some level of local investment in charities and community groups.

However, I remain optimistic that the future also contains many opportunities for VCSE organisations (existing, changing and new) to take up an ever more important and effective role in community and public service. And by that I mean ‘public service’ as doing common good, rather than the old fashioned sense of stuff we get from the council. That is, we can do things differently and better and sometimes at lower cost, but often more sustainably and in a way that empowers the citizen. That’s our ethos at Support Staffordshire.

All that said, we can only do this if we have your mandate and we have no cause at all, if you are not there for us to be right behind. So I am delighted that this month saw the formal first new members of Support Staffordshire since our historic merger last year. Those new members are:

I am equally delighted that our first ever ‘Startup Members’ have begun to trickle through – a new concept for us, one that recognises the intent and the dreams of those we are working with at grassroots, by showing they are already a part of our movement. They are:

Welcome to all!

So, whether you are considering joining our movement, or you are an existing member that has not been in touch for a while, please reconnect and help us build Staffordshire’s Movement for Good Stuff! Email info@supportstaffordshire.org.uk, visit our website www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk or just pop into a local office in Cannock, Lichfield, Leek, Burton, Tamworth or Stafford (opening times on the website).

PS. Lots of exciting news on its way next month.

Garry Jones,

Chief Executive