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Redbridge volunteer organisation celebrates 25 years of hard work

PUBLISHED: 17:29 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:30 15 November 2016

Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, Mayor of Redbridge, operations manager Liz Pearce and Brian Spinks, chairman of Redbridge CVS and Ross Diamond, the current chief officer  of Redbridge CVS

Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, Mayor of Redbridge, operations manager Liz Pearce and Brian Spinks, chairman of Redbridge CVS and Ross Diamond, the current chief officer of Redbridge CVS

Redbridge CVS

An umbrella group has spent the past 25 years supporting charities and volunteers across the borough – and vows to continue inspiring residents to get involved.

The Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) provides information, training and development support to the not for profit sector and helps vital services survive, against the backdrop of funding cuts.

On November 3, the council held its annual meeting, where Ivan King, chief officer of Redbridge CVS in 1991, and Ross Diamond, the current chief officer shared a platform.

Mr Diamond said that he was proud to work to support the borough’s vibrant sector.

He said: “I started in 2003 and since then, the council for voluntary services has grown and advanced.

“There are so many hardworking volunteers in this borough and demand for services is increasing but resources aren’t always there.”

Since its creation in 1991, Redbridge CVS has worked hard to make a difference to residents lives and raise awareness of threats facing the voluntary sector.

Now, the body has grown to employ more than 50 staff, including 13 full-time officers and 42-part time staff.

In the last four years, the CVS has helped raise over £1 million for local groups, under the watchful eye of community fundraising officer Ola Kanu, who joined in 2012.

Mr Diamond said: “We provide training and networking opportunities.

“Our community fundraising officer helps match groups looking for funding with suitable sources.”

By forming partnerships with businesses and public sector bodies including Redbridge Council, the organisation has visions of the voluntary sector becoming bigger and better.

Mr Diamond said: “We will continue to innovate and support groups across the community.

“In the future, there is a lot of exciting opportunities and we are very excited for the next 25 years.”

To learn more about the group, click here.


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