For the very first time, the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland will be led by a democratically elected committee drawn from across the spectrum of the sector in the county.
As part of Northumberland Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, the committee is made up of twelve democratically elected members, each with a specific themed specialism.
As well as a representative for each of the four geographical areas of Northumberland, there are two members covering health and social care issues and one each covering employability and welfare, children & young people, social enterprise, trustees, and infrastructure.
The 12th member is Anne Lyall, CEO of Northumberland CVA, which has been commissioned by Northumberland County Council to facilitate the assembly.
Anne said: “It’s great to have a committee with such a wealth of collective experience to speak on behalf of the sector.”
The assembly is an inclusive, independent and influential voice for charities, community groups and social enterprises in the county, with a membership that is open to voluntary and community sector organisations, networks, forums and anyone working for such organisations in a paid or unpaid capacity.
Anne added: “The assembly needs to be driven by the voluntary and community sector, promoting what we do and showing our worth.
“I’m excited we have such committed individuals to help steer the sector in these ever-changing times.”
There will be a series of meetings throughout Northumberland in each geographical area during September. Visit vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.