Published Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Local voluntary groups to get almost £1.5m from Sutton Council
Sutton Council has awarded almost £1.5m to the borough’s voluntary organisations.
The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Contract was sealed following a procurement process last year. It is part of a five-year deal.
Councillor Marian James, Chair of People Committee of Sutton Council, said: "Local voluntary, community and faith organisations in Sutton provide so much valuable support to local families. We are very pleased to be able to continue to working with Community Action Sutton to fund and help provide the services that we know so many residents of Sutton appreciate."
CAS represents more than 300 voluntary and community groups in our borough.
The group had provided voluntary services under a previous contract, due to end in March 2019.
Alison Navarro, of Community Action Sutton (CAS) said: "Community Action Sutton is excited to be working in partnership with the local voluntary, community and faith sector, local communities and the Council to build confidence and support the development of stronger communities in Sutton. Our history and experience will help us to reach out to smaller community groups and to work with community members who are the most disadvantaged. We look forward to developing new approaches to support our work, including digital inclusion and community development."
CAS provides training, payroll and admin services to it members.
They include large and small voluntary organisations such as Volunteer Centre Sutton, Sutton Carers Centre, Age UK Sutton, Bio Regional and Citizens Advice Sutton.
Anita Maullin, of Volunteer Centre Sutton (VCS), said: "We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Community Action Sutton and the London Borough of Sutton to continue to develop and deliver a strong and vibrant volunteering culture within our borough. Our new service will see us working in partnership with Sutton’s voluntary sector to bring the benefits of volunteering to all, whether as volunteers or as service users, with as wide a reach as possible. We want to help everyone, from individuals and families, to the community as a whole, to take part and take pride."
The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Contract was awarded with the option of a further two-year extension.
PHOTO: (Left to right) Alison Navarro, of Community Action Sutton, Councillor Marian James, Chair of People Committee of Sutton Council and Anita Maullin, of Volunteer Centre Sutton