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Celebrating our first anniversary


Celebrating 1 year since our formation, we have grown to a full complement of staff, allowing us to ramp up support for the Sunderland voluntary sector.

Appointing a team of 10, headed up by Tracy Hassan, Alliance Manager, SVSA - who has worked in the public and voluntary sector for more than 30 years - supported by a board of trustees responsible for setting and monitoring the strategic direction and impact of the Alliance. The board is almost complete with just one trustee vacancy and another for the role of treasurer, with both requiring someone with a passion for grassroots organisations and investing in communities, including marginalised groups.

Now with an independent chair - Sarah Reid, Managing Director, Richard Reed Solicitors, and a newly appointed board which includes six trustees from the VCSE  sector, Patrick Melia, chief executive, Sunderland City Council and Scott Watson, director NENC ICB, Joanne Gordon, director Gentoo the strategy is set to see the Alliance go from strength to strength.

In April we celebrated with a development day with our Board of trustees to pin down our vision moving forward and to celebrate our achievements so far. Our Operational Bard and staff members all attended a celebration lunch.

Working in partnership with strategic partners and anchor institutions in the city for the benefit of the voluntary and community sector, facilitating collaboration and maximising social value, the Alliance can support community and corporate volunteer recruitment, strengthen connections between organisations, enabling them to develop partnerships and keeping them informed with city wide information.  More than 115 organisations have engaged with The Alliance in less than six months, accessing one to one support covering everything from business development, service strategy, budget planning, governance and management, bid writing and funding applications. With the launch of the free membership, we are now in a position to deliver on our strategic vision.

Our aim is simple, to funnel funding to an already vibrant VCSE sector to ensure sustainability and meet the needs of Sunderland residents, helping support a stronger sector,  creating a stronger city.


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