New Shire group set to champion volunteers

Times are changing and public and voluntary organisations are thinking hard about how best to meet the needs of Aberdeenshire’s communities.

A new voluntary organisation is about to be born. The initiative sees three existing organisations - Bridge CVS, CVSA Central & South and Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire - join forces, to establish Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, to be the Aberdeenshire wide advocate and voice for the sector.

Aberdeenshire has a vibrant and enterprising voluntary sector with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the army of staff and volunteers involved in the many voluntary and community organisations the area boasts.

Aberdeenshire’s voluntary and community sector is shaping up and focusing how it will respond to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

While the three founding organisations have worked in partnership for some time, they have now agreed that amalgamating into one, single entity offers the sector a stronger organisation acting on their behalf.

Work is now well underway towards the creation of the new organisation – Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.

Ken Milroy, CEO of the award-wining Aberdeen Foyer, has been elected as the independent chair of a steering group overseeing the establishment of the new organisation.

Ken is joined by the chairs of each of the three founding organisations, while Aberdeenshire Council has provided personnel support and Karen McWilliam from the Council’s Community Services, has joined the Avanté team.

So it’s all systems go for the new organisation to be formally in place, ideally by the end of the year.

Open evenings have been arranged and will be held on August 13 and 14 in the north and south of Aberdeenshire, for anyone interested in learning more about the board positions and the future plans.

For more information on the open evenings, or the board recruitment process, go to www.aberdeenshirevoluntaryaction.org.uk