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Support Staffordshire: A new era

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Support Staffordshire formally merged into a single organisation, operating across the whole county in January this year and we have been busy reorganising ourselves ready to offer the Right Support to Staffordshire’s diverse and vibrant voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. I am delighted to introduce our Operations Managers with over 30 years’ experience of supporting the VCSE sector locally, Sandra Payne heads up our Operations across Tamworth, Lichfield, East Staffordshire and Cannock; Jill Norman across Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle.

Whilst in Stoke and South Staffordshire I’ll be taking a lead on our work with partners and expanding our offer to local communities. You’ll see more of work across the county on the emerging Children’s Early Help agenda and the Local Enterprise Partnership, plus our ongoing work locally near you in local towns and communities. There has been a lot of talk recently about future commissioning, so Support Staffordshire have published our Charter for Collaboration, explaining concisely how we seek to work in partnership and what this means for partners, commissioners and you the sector we exist to support.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone within and without the organisation who has supported our transition and me personally over the last 6 months, a testament to the strength and depth of the sector and a commitment we aim to repay ten times over in the coming months. I look forward to seeing you on your particular patch of Staffordshire soon. Garry Jones, Chief Executive Picture: Exec Team, L2R – Sandra Payne (Operations Manager South), Garry Jones (Chief Executive), Jill Norman (Operations Manager North) and Angela Weis-Bent (Finance Manager)

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