So, I am nearly 5 months into my role (don't think I can call it new any more!) as CEO and what an amazing 5 months it has been. I have been welcomed into Sutton by the voluntary and community sector and public sector partners and feel priveleged to be working on some really exciting projects including: The Sutton Fairness Commission; Social Prescribing in Sutton; our own SCVS Strategic Plan; the Sutton Children's and Safeguarding agendas; The Sutton Community Plan; and the Sutton Voluntary Sector Strategy - to name but a few!!!

The energy and enthusiasm of those working to support local people who are struggling with a range of life experiences, challenges and difficulties is something to be proud of and  my team and I indeed feel proud to make a contribution where we can. 

In the New Year our motto is to BE BRAVE and to make sure that we listen to organisations working with the most marginalised members of the community and support them to do what they do best - working with the assets that local people have and providing specialist help to enable them to realise their own ambitions. 

So, I hope you will contine to work with us as this exciting journey continues. 

Wishing you all a peaceful holiday period




14:00, 22 Dec 2016 by Alison Navarro

Maybe my enthusiasm is making me get carried away but the last few weeks has seen a lot of plate spinning! We are working on a number of important pieces of work that will all help to inform the work we do at SCVS over the next three years - and they will all contribute in some way to the development of our own Strategic Plan. 

I think it is important to have good intelligence and information about the local and national context, and to better understand the needs of the sector - so we are working on reviewing our own communications and marketing activity, looking at how we support local voluntary and community sector groups, leading on the development of a Fairness Commission in Sutton; supporting the process for developing a Community Plan for Sutton; producing a Voluntary Sector Strategy for Sutton; and undertaking an Asset Mapping project!!!

Wow, I am exhausted just thinking about what needs to be done, but I know that all of these things will help us to work out who we need to support and how, the partnership arrangements we need to strengthen or put in place and the communities who most need help.  

If you are interested in being part of this exciting journey then please let me know - more hands and all that!!!!

10:41, 09 Dec 2016 by Alison Navarro

Changing and Succeeding under any Conditions! Yell



Image result for john kotter our iceberg is melting   


Last week I attended an event with other CVS's looking at the future of the CVS Movement across the UK.  One of the speakers referred to a book by John Kotter - Our Iceberg is melting - so I dutifully ordered it with the intention of learning more about Change Management particularly as I am still relatively new in my role as CEO at Sutton CVS. 

Given what has happened this week and the election of Donald Trump I feel that Change Management is as important at the global/macro level and the organisational/micro level. 

Whilst my initial focus was organisational, I think we all have a responsibility to reflect on how the changes that will take place as a consequence of Donald Trump, particularly relating to his views on diversity and cohesion!

I have been talking to Sutton Council and other partners about how we in Sutton can better understand the needs of all communities in our borough including those who live in our deprived wards and communities of identity including: BME communities; Disabled People; LGBT community members. There will be a meeting of the Equality and Diversity Forum on the 28th November at 7.00pm at Granfers Community Centre to open up conversations with the voluntary and community sector about how we can this agenda forward at a Sutton wide level.

Please be part of these essential discussions – I would very much like to see you there 

If you want to know more then please get in touch with me. 


10:02, 09 Nov 2016 by Alison Navarro


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