About VCSRG

The Voluntary & Community Sector Reference Group (VSCRG for short) has been set up to provide a network of individuals acting in the capacity of Voluntary Sector Representatives with our strategic partners in the public and private sector through the Solihull Partnership. SUSTAiN’s role is to facilitate and support the group with communications and a secretarial function.

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Attends which Board: Locality working
Date joined the VCSRG:  May 2019 (re-joined)

Champion of: Social Enterprise

David Lane

What is your day job? 

Managing Director of Development in Social Enterprise – a social enterprise and specialist third sector consultancy service based in Solihull.

Why would someone contact you? 

Information re- locality working or interested in developing enterprise within a charity or not for personal profit entity – expertise in:

  • Investment Readiness

  • Social Impact

  • Business planning

  • Marketing

  • Legal structures

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Attends which Board: TBA
Date joined the VCSRG:  4 April 2019

Champion of: TBA

David Pinwell

What is your day job? 

Board Member of NSVCA (North Solihull Voluntary and Community Alliance). We provide a mutually supportive network for voluntary and community organisations in North Solihull via quarterly networking, discussion and speaker meetings.

Why would someone contact you? 

  • Run a voluntary or community organisation working in North Solihull and may need some support or advice

  • Face barriers to delivering effective services to people in North Solihull and wish to discuss at a strategic level.

More About VCSRG

There are others acting as Voluntary Sector representatives on sub and working groups. Details of who those people are can be obtained from Dave Pinwell.

There are also four non-voting members on the VCSRG: one nominated from Solihull MBC; one from the Solihull Partnership; plus the CEO and a Board Member of SUSTAiN.

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There are 13 voting members of the VCSRG who are all elected by the local voluntary and community sector

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Attends which Board: Solihull Adult Safe Guarding Board
Date joined the VCSRG:  February 2016

Champion of: Carers

Brandon Scott-Omenka

What is your day job? 

Chief Executive Officer Carers Trust Solihull a local charity supporting unpaid carers from as young as 5 to 95 years of age! 

Why would someone contact you? 

  • They may work in or run a Solihull Charity and may need some support from VCS

  • They are involved in the Solihull voluntary sector and want to get more involved in the VCS

  • They may have a question, comment or issue regarding carers, management, leadership and support to people from the voluntary sector

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Attends which Board: Solihull Safer Board
Date joined the VCSRG:  2nd October 2018

Champion of: Young People

Charlotte Slater

What is your day job? 

Chief Executive Officer of Urban Heard Youth Engagement Specialist: we recruit, train and employ 14 – 17yr olds to create effective peer-led behaviour change marketing across Solihull.

Why would someone contact you? 

  • Run a youth organisation and may need some support from VCS

  • Are a young person and want to get more involved in the VCS

  • Have a question, comment or issue regarding young people or services to young people in the voluntary sector

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Attends which Board: Health & Wellbeing Board/ Solihull Together Board

Date joined the VCSRG:  2012

Champion of: Older People

Anne Hastings

What is your day job? 

Chief Executive Officer, Age UK Solihull, which seeks to improve the lives of all older people living in Solihull.

Why would someone contact you? 

  • Concerned about an older person

  • Have a question, comment or issue regarding older people or services to older people in Solihull.

  • Want to join our 300+ volunteer Taskforce

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Elected representatives sit on a number Solihull Borough strategic groups, representing the voluntary and community sector in strategic discussions and reporting back via this website.

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