Statement of Independence
VCAS receives funding from charitable trusts to run projects, provide services, support forums and engagement activities and contribute towards the general running costs. It also raises funds through trading and providing services. As a long-established charity, VCAS will maintain its independence and will ensure that any decisions about the employment of staff and the work of the organisation complies with the aims, objectives and values of the organisation. VCAS will not be influenced in its decision making by funders’ interventions. Strategic direction and overall policy is agreed by our board of trustees, who are openly elected from the membership and have fixed terms of office.
VCAS is registered charity (number 702930) and a company limited by guarantee (number 1759477). We are governed by trustees who are nominated and elected by our members. We have over 378 members from all sections of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Sunderland and surrounding areas.
VCAS is a member of NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) and NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and other national organisations as we believe it is important to share information, disseminate good practice and influence decision-making that affects our sector.
VCAS was established in 1973, and we have worked to make a real difference to the people and communities of Sunderland.