2008 saw our trusty and still used Content Management system ‘go live’ – a system that remains free and offers us the option to connect and communicate with members and contacts. Our Common Treasury also came online and again this remains in existence today. Our community development work and research continued with work undertaken for the local authority thus consolidating VANL’s reputation, still held today, as THE local expert in community and voluntary sector research and development work.

In the wider world:

George Clooney became a UN Messenger of Peace

Fidel Castro retired as President of Cuba

Usain Bolt broke the 100m World Record

Bill Gates stepped down to as Chairman of Microsoft to work full-time on The Gates Foundation