It gives me great pleasure to introduce my first annual report as the new Chief Executive at Basingstoke Voluntary Action.
I have been impressed by BVA and the essential work it undertakes to enable the voluntary sector in the borough to support vulnerable people, deliver important local services and improve the quality of life across all communities in Basingstoke and Deane.
But neither BVA, nor the wider voluntary and community sector, can be complacent. Times are changing and like elsewhere in the country, difficult decisions are needed at a time of cut-backs and changes to public services.
This presents challenges for our sector, but also new opportunities to work together to improve life chances for residents and the communities we serve.
My first priority when I joined the team last October was to meet, talk to or visit as many voluntary and community organisations in the borough as I could. A key way this was achieved was by re-energising our voluntary sector forum, to get more hot topics on the agenda and encourage local groups and charities to get back involved and helping shaping the priorities of Basingstoke and Deane. We have also worked hard to improve our communication channels and support to the borough’s wide array of partnerships.
We are on a continuous journey of improvement at BVA. We remain committed and keen to listen to what groups are doing, find out more about how we can help them, and assist them with future ideas and plans.
In 2015/16 we marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of BVA in the borough. If we look back we can be rightly proud of our track record and history, and if we look forward, ambitious for our future in serving the community.
If your local group or charity would welcome BVA’s support, please get in touch.
We hope you enjoy the read.
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Stephen Morgan Chief Executive