We are hearing good reports about our AGM this year.

As usual, the business of the AGM was kept to a minimum and took very little time. The debate on “Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector – Cheap Substitute or valued alternative?” was hugely interesting and raised some valuable points. Many people said they wished it could have lasted longer.

We knew it was well-attended and most people took advantage of the excellent opportunities for networking. We have heard of new links forged and of people finding out about people and services which they had not previously come across.

But that’s their business! All we can tell you from our point of view is that we collected some nice photos of people enjoying the event.


Liz web Liz staffed the table to greet guests on arrival (left).

The audience was pretty well packed – we couldn’t have seated many more! (right)

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There were information stands on display, including this from ourselves – Lincs2Wellbeing is our new project, managed by Ann-Marie Loader, and helping the people of North Lincolnshire to feel more in control of their lives and health. Lincs2wellbeing web
Helen web Here (left) our lovely Helen explains services to Sue – possibly our very favourite guest at any event!

And on the right, Az Modak of Crosby Community Centre chats over coffee with Jacky and Vickie – the talented duo who run our Volunteer Centre.

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And last but not at all least, …
VickieMathewweb Vickie Ehret is pictured again (left) with Matthew Glover who was awarded the Ian McPherson award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community. Matthew volunteers for a number of different projects, one of which is the team of young disabled people who advise community buildings on their accessibility.

On the right we have the panel for the debate. Left to right, they are Trudy Norris – VANL’s Learning Manager responsible for delivering learning and skills development to some of North Lincolnshire’s most underserved people; Neil Cleeveley – Chief Executive of NAVCA  (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action – which is the national advocate for local infrastructure and voluntary action); Anne Brewster – Department of Work and Pensions, Partnership Manager for North Lincolnshire; Ian Reekie – North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group lay member with responsibility for patient and public engagement; Councillor Rob Waltham – North Lincolnshire Council Deputy Leader; and Liz Marshall – VANL Board Director, with a particular interest in Mental Health and voluntary and public sector partnerships.

This eminent group gave some very thought-provoking answers to questions from the audience.

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