Trustees

Tracy Saunders

I have been married to Robert for 32 years we have two grown up children, Lucy and Joshua.  The majority of my career has been as a senior leader in IT, 22 years in the financial sector and the last 6 years in Managed Services, working for Civica in Leeds.  I’m a qualified Programme Manager and a professional coach and trainer.

I became a trustee so that I could use my experience gained in the corporate world to support VAC.  As I’m a new trustee I’ll also learn lots about the charity sector and being part of a board.

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.

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.

Teresa Shaw

I was asked to become a trustee of VAC after taking advice from them when I started up a community group.  Their help was invaluable and it was a way that I could repay them for the help and advice my group received. I am involved with other community groups as a trustee.

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 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.

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.

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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 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.

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 Autumn Member Social at an affordable price per attendee to cover costs.

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