Posted by: admin on February,13th,2016
Local charity, The Bridge Renewal Trust (the Bridge) has been awarded a contract to be Haringey Council’s Strategic Partner for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) from February 2016 for a period of up to four years. In its role as Haringey Council’s official ‘Strategic Partner’, the Bridge and its social enterprise partner The Moracle Foundation will be working to ensure the local voluntary sector is stronger, able to attract more external funding and is better placed to use their grass roots expertise to provide quality services that meet the needs of all residents.
Under this new arrangement, the Bridge will be at the forefront of helping the Council forge stronger partnerships with the local voluntary and community sector. We will build on existing strengths as well as work in new and innovative ways, including new initiatives to facilitate market testing of new areas of business; philanthropy and local giving; collaboration and sharing resources; and volunteer brokerage.
Rachel Hughes, Chair of the Bridge said: “We can’t wait to start working with Haringey Council as well as the existing VCS organisations. There is so much knowledge, strength and potential in our diverse local communities and we want to support this to flourish – building capacity for more local solutions. This service builds on our successful community support programme which has been effective at the Chestnuts Community Centre, and existing strong relationships with local VCS, NHS and the wider community.”
Morlai Kargbo, Director of the Moracle Foundation said: “We are delighted to be working with the Bridge and Haringey Council on this exciting new service. As a social enterprise and investment vehicle for accountancy firm Moracle, we are keen to give something back to help the VCS in Haringey develop stronger business planning and entrepreneurial capacities.”
Cllr Peter Morton, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The huge government cuts to Haringey’s budget mean it’s more important than ever that we work alongside our voluntary and community sector to ensure residents have access to the right services and support. I’m delighted that we will be partnering with The Bridge Renewal Trust an organisation that has demonstrated they have the right skills, knowledge and experience to work with us to deliver the highest quality services to Haringey residents.” He added that: “Haringey Council awarded the Strategic Partner contract following a competitive bid process in which The Bridge Renewal Trust scored highest.”