Wessex Community Action

AGM 2014 Poster

On 24 September 2014 Wessex Community Action will be holding its 40th Annual General Meeting.

Wessex Community Action (formerly Salisbury & District Council for Voluntary Service) has been working for over 40 years, initially in Salisbury and South Wiltshire and latterly across the Wessex area, providing community support, helping to overcome social isolation and celebrate diversity, through a range of services including: training courses, community transport, project management and much more!

At the AGM, Wessex Community Action will be launching its new Transport, Payroll and Training Services as well as presenting an annual report of its activities and electing Trustees.

The AGM is being held at the Salvation Army Hall, Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1EE at 5.30pm.

The Guest Speaker will be David McAuley, the Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust*, ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity: 2013’, and best known for its network of UK Foodbanks.

David will be talking about how the Trussell Trust’s vision has grown, the challenges of being a local organisation which has developed nationally and internationally, and the value of being based in Salisbury. 

All organisations and individuals representing the local voluntary & community sector are most welcome to attend. For more information and to book a place contact 01722 326822 email:  info@wessexcommunity.action.org.uk

*Founded in 1997 to care for vulnerable children in Bulgaria.  In 2000, whilst fundraising for Bulgaria in Salisbury, Founder Paddy received a call from a desperate mother saying “my children are going to bed hungry tonight and I live around the corner from you”. Paddy investigated local deprivation and discovered many people facing ‘hidden hunger’ after a short-term crisis. Moved to action, Paddy started the first foodbank in his garden shed, providing three days of emergency food to local people in crisis.  In 2004 the UK Foodbank Network was launched, teaching churches and communities nationwide how to start and run foodbanks. Over 20,000 frontline care professionals refer families and individuals in crisis to foodbanks. Last year the network of over 400 foodbanks gave three days’ emergency food and support to 913,138 people, a third of them were children. 

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