Dear Colleagues,

As we look forward at the start of 2024, we aim to continue our work to support and strengthen the VCSE sector through, for example, encouraging volunteering and training opportunities, capacity building and developing networks and partnerships.

With this in mind, all organisations benefit from strong governance and I am pleased to let you know that the WVCA board has appointed two new trustees;

Daryl Chambers CEO of InPower Academy CIC

InPower Academy’s overall mission is to connect with young people and provide life skills such as determination, resilience and self-belief, all of which can help them facilitate their own personal empowerment journey. You can read more here.

Daryl said: “I’ve run a social enterprise out of Wolverhampton for the last 12 years, I myself have received tailored and personalised support from WVCA in the past and know how important that was to my overall mission, vision and sustainability as an organisation. Being part of WVCA means that I can now help shape WVCA delivery alongside other board members and give further opportunities to budding social entrepreneurs and young people of the city.”

Dr. Josh Johnson MBE 8th Dan

When Josh came to Wolverhampton, he became involved with sports and African Caribbean community development for himself and others. His commitment, determination and focus resulted in International Karate rewards for the English Karate team from Wolverhampton. To this day, he teaches karate at a very high level. You can read more here.

Josh’s passion for learning, widening participation and education resulted in board membership at the University of Wolverhampton. His work with Graiseley primary school and inner-city communities was featured in national media. Josh said: “I’ve served on various boards, local partnerships and community organisations over many decades and remain committed to tackling inequalities, especially for those groups and communities suffering the most. I’m extremely proud to be able to serve as a trustee on the Wolverhampton Voluntary and Community Action board.

Being a board member takes time, commitment and dedication. We are absolutely delighted that Daryl and Josh have joined the board and look forward to working with them.

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