ngage and Thurrock CVS – two of Thurrock best known local voluntary sector bodies – have announced they are joining forces to make sure they can continue to deliver the highest quality services for local voluntary sector organisations and individuals.
ngage, which delivers services such as community engagement, time banking and Thurrock’s Volunteer Centre will be uniting with Thurrock CVS – which supports voluntary and community bodies across Thurrock.
The change, which will take effect from the 1st of April, has been agreed by both organisations.
Chair of ngage, Len Orpin said; “In these times of ever tightening budgets it’s really important that we make sure every penny possible goes to delivering for those who use our services, by joining our back office functions and further reducing our already minimal overheads”
Thurrock CVS chair, Neville Baldwin said; “This is a really exciting opportunity for our two organisations – who already work closely together – to further strengthen that joint working, to eliminate duplication and add some significant extra capacity to both organisations.”
Len Orpin explained; “We have worked closely together for some time now and it seems logical we should take the next step and, formally, unite. I want to be clear there will be no change to how or where people access things like time banking or the volunteer centre – in fact people shouldn’t really notice any change.”
Neville Baldwin concluded by saying; “We have been working toward unifying our operations for some time and I am very pleased that we have reached a conclusion that offers significant benefits with no job losses and no upheaval.”