Trustees

Tracy Saunders

Married to Robert with two grown up children. The majority of my career has been as a senior leader in IT, 22 years in the Financial Sector and 8 years in Managed Services, now retired and enjoying European travels. I’m a qualified Programme Manager and a professional Coach and Trainer.

 

I first became a trustee to utilise my experience gained in the corporate world to support my local community via the Voluntary Sector and what better way than through an infrastructure charity whom support multiple charities. 

John Needell

I worked at a multinational leaving a senior regional management role after 30 years in order to focus more time on voluntary work in Calderdale and running a small consultancy business. I have worked with Threeways, Home-Start Calderdale and Happydays amongst others over the subsequent time, the last two as a board member. I have also had some experience in working with a couple of national charities too.

The experience I have had with the local charities showed me both the positive impact that the voluntary sector can make to individuals and the community but also that all small charities can and potentially must seek to benefit significantly from having a broader network to gain support and collaborations.    Funding is getting harder and the demand for voluntary services increasing, the only way to sustainability is by being smarter and adapting, collaborating and sharing across multiple organisations.

VAC has the potential to facilitate and help this to happen successfully and I wanted to try to help this and support charities throughout Calderdale achieve their potentials.

Annette Armstrong-Sam

I am Business / Care Manager for Oasis Care Support Services a Domestic Support Services providing support to Adults within the community. I help to run a food bank from my local church to support members of our community, through difficult periods in their lives.  Previously I worked for over 20yrs with the Local Authority as a Team Manager in Adult Social Care.

I have found working with VAC inspiring and rewarding and totally embrace their ethos of “improving local lives” which is inherent in every aspect of the work they do.

Nadeem Raja

I have been married to Robina since 1992 and I am a father of two sons and a grandfather of two grandsons.

I have been working in Local Authorities since 1994 and started my career in the UK with Kirklees Council’s department of Education.

I am currently serving as the General Manager in one of the largest Charities in West Yorkshire known as Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS).

In the voluntary sector, I have served in Age Concern as Projects Manager, delivered national Lottery funded projects to enhance the quality of life for our older generation and I have also chaired Age Concern’s BME National Network.

I believe in asset-based community development, it is all about encouraging, supporting and helping individuals and community groups to become a part of the solution rather than focusing on problems, needs and issues in their lives and their surroundings.

Dawn Whiteley MBE

I’ve worked for many years supporting those setting up and running their own businesses; as well as having worked with and for organisations locally, regionally and nationally who provide that support.  I now work for a charity set up to run and manage an iconic community building following a community asset transfer from local authority ownership. 

I have developed a wealth of experience working with small and micro business, social enterprises and community groups and bring that experience to my role at VAC where I hope to support their growth and development and long term sustainability.

Samantha McCormick

I am a professional Dance Artist with over 13 years of experience working with people of all ages within communities, education settings and professional dance organisations. My work is focused on making a positive difference to the wellbeing of the people and communities I work with through inclusive and high quality experiences. I run my own social enterprise and also work for an inclusive dance charity.

I became a trustee because I’m passionate about supporting the local VCSE sector and would like to use my creative skills and knowledge around wellbeing in new ways, supporting VAC to ‘improve local lives’.

VAC + Membership

What's included?

You will receive a VAC Member welcome pack with useful information on getting the most out of your membership and a few extra treats!

Every member of VAC will be invited to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and has voting rights for resolutions and proposals either in person or by proxy.

When you sign up to be a VAC Member, you will be assigned a Go-To Contact from the VAC team.

They will be your main point of contact for your membership, helping to answer questions and signposting you to the right place within VAC and/or our partnerships.

We want the VAC membership offer to be responsive to the needs of our members.  Member check ins keep us up to date on your organisation’s news and developments but also on any challenges or support gaps that may be affecting the VCSE sector.

The information we receive during our member check ins will highlight trends and challenges that we can then explore support and solutions for via our membership offer and partnerships with local providers and authorities.

Based on feedback, we wanted to give our members an opportunity to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting.  The Biannual VAC Member Social will give you a chance to network and socialise with other organisations who are Improving Local Lives.  It is also a perfect opportunity for any of your team to come and make connections with other member organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees.

As a VAC + Member, you will receive two free tickets for both our Spring and Autumn Member Socials.  Additional tickets will be at an affordable price per attendee to cover costs.

To support VAC members to feel connected and informed, we have created a unique Member Area on the VAC Website.

The online dashboard will keep you and your colleagues up to date on the latest member opportunities, training and news.

The Member Area also has a forum function, allowing VAC Member organisations to interact and support each other.

A quarterly newsletter to keep our members up to date on not only VAC Membership updates and opportunities but also specifically created content on topics of interest to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

The Bimonthly Member Network is for VAC Members to connect with other VAC Members!

A perfect opportunity to support one another, find out about other local services and explore new collaborative opportunities and partnerships with fellow VAC members.

40% Discount on VAC Room Hire – We offer a range of flexible rooms for hire located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Our rooms include a fully equipped, large training room with SMART board and flipchart facilities seating up to 25 theatre style, two smaller meeting rooms seating up to 12 and a small office with computer facilities suitable for one-to-one meetings or rent-a-desk.

25% Discount on Virtual Office – Perfect for start ups or smaller organisations, our Virtual Office service offers a postal address, pigeonhole and reception facilities.

25% Discount on ID Badge Printing – Competitively priced to accommodate for smaller orders, our in-house ID Badge service supports both design and printing.

Based on feedback and insight we gain from our members, our training and events offer will complement local infrastructure support training programmes.

All sessions are cost effective and VCSE sector driven.  As a VAC + Member, you will receive a considerable discount on all VAC Training and Events.

VAC Membership

What's included?

You will receive a VAC Member welcome pack with useful information on getting the most out of your membership and a few extra treats!

Every member of VAC will be invited to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and has voting rights for resolutions and proposals either in person or by proxy.

When you sign up to be a VAC Member, you will be assigned a Go-To Contact from the VAC team.

They will be your main point of contact for your membership, helping to answer questions and signposting you to the right place within VAC and/or our partnerships.

We want the VAC membership offer to be responsive to the needs of our members.  Member check ins keep us up to date on your organisation’s news and developments but also on any challenges or support gaps that may be affecting the VCSE sector. 

The information we receive during our member check ins will highlight trends and challenges that we can then explore support and solutions for via our membership offer and partnerships with local providers and authorities.

Based on feedback, we wanted to give our members an opportunity to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting.  The Biannual VAC Member Social will give you a chance to network and socialise with other organisations who are Improving Local Lives.  It is also a perfect opportunity for any of your team to come and make connections with other member organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees.

As a VAC Member, you will be invited to attend the Sping and Autumn Member Socials at an affordable price per attendee to cover costs.

To support VAC members to feel connected and informed, we have created a unique Member Area on the VAC Website.

The online dashboard will keep you and your colleagues up to date on the latest member opportunities, training and news.

The Member Area also has a forum function, allowing VAC Member organisations to interact and support each other.

A quarterly newsletter to keep our members up to date on not only VAC Membership updates and opportunities but also specifically created content on topics of interest to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

The Bimonthly Member Network is for VAC Members to connect with other VAC Members!

A perfect opportunity to support one another, find out about other local services and explore new collaborative opportunities and partnerships with fellow VAC members.

20% Discount on VAC Room Hire – We offer a range of flexible rooms for hire located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Our rooms include a fully equipped, large training room with SMART board and flipchart facilities seating up to 25 theatre style, two smaller meeting rooms seating up to 12 and a small office with computer facilities suitable for one-to-one meetings or rent-a-desk.

Competitive rate on ID Badge Printing – Competitively priced to accommodate for smaller orders, our in-house ID Badge service supports both design and printing.

Based on feedback and insight we gain from our members, our training and events offer will complement local infrastructure support training programmes.

All sessions are cost effective and VCSE sector driven.