New VAC Chair announced!
VAC are excited to announce the appointment of their new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Emma Woods-Bolger.
Emma joins VAC with twenty years of experience across both the business and voluntary sectors and will use her expertise to help connect the VCS sector.
Last year, Emma made a move from Deputy CEO of the grant-making charity Community Foundation for Calderdale to the Kirklees Community Foundation (One Community Foundation). Emma says “The Kirklees Community Foundation is ’cause neutral’ and so acts as an informed and professional channel for the charitable giving of both businesses and individuals in the local community.
Emma has developed her local knowledge across Calderdale and Kirklees through regular engagement with community organisations and the business community. Emma works to ensure that businesses Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) can make the most significant possible impact by working directly with local community organisations.
Emma says “I am thrilled to have been appointed Chairperson of VAC. However, it’s a challenging time for charities and community groups. Still, the team at VAC are doing all they can to support our small but vital charitable organisations to ensure their voice is heard and that they receive the support they need to manage the current Cornavirus crisis.”
Emma continued “The sector is showing just how important a part it plays in our community, it has collectively stepped up to the challenges Coronavirus has brought to us all. But it can not do this vital work now or in the future if it is not properly funded. I know that many local businesses are already supporting the work of charities. While there is a huge variety of worthy national charities, it is often the local, ones that go unnoticed and miss out on support from their community. I would like to see an increase in support and collaboration with local charities, which do not have the budget or resources to make themselves known to local businesses, and VAC is ideally placed to support that work.”
Emma said “I believe local community organisations can by partnering with VAC, and a network of VCS members, can create a strong and vibrant sector. VAC is championing the VCS and ensuring the sector has a voice and representation across local platforms to support local community-based investment and provision. I am proud to be part of it, and would urge local organisations to become members and join forces with us.”
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