A new volutnary organisation is to be formed in Aberdeenshire after Bridge CVS, CVSA Central and South, and the Volunteer Centre Aberdeen have joined forces.
The new group, established as Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, aims to become an advocate and voice for the voluntary sector across Aberdeenshire.
In recent years the Scottish Government has provided core funding for such bodies, encouraging them to promote, develop, support and represent the interests of the sector.
This includes a focus on building the capacity of voluntary and community organisations, promoting a burgeoning social economy and supporting all aspects of volunteering whilst also ensuring that the sector is equally heard alongside the big public agencies that drive Community Planning and shape the public services in our communities.
Thus, while the three founding organisations have worked in partnership for some time, they have now agreed that amalgamating into one, single entity offers the sector a stronger organisation acting on their behalf.
Ken Milroy, CEO of the award winning social enterprise Aberdeen Foyer, is the independent chair of a steering group overseeing the establishment of the new organisation.
He is joined on the steering group by the Chairs of each of the three founding organisations and supported by Avanté Consulting.