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For those people who know me or who have worked with me then they will know that fighting for equality is at the core of who I am and what I do and I have had the privilege to work with great partners in Sutton to set up the Sutton Fairness Commission. The partners include colleagues from the voluntary sector, Sutton Council, Sutton Police and Fire Service, Sutton CCG, Sutton Housing Partnership and Clarion Housing and a couple of local residents.

The Commissioners recognise that the future of Sutton lies in the hands of children and young people and so it is working, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders and communities, to develop a vision of what life should be like for a 13 year old in Sutton in 2030.

It would be great if you also could be part of those conversations. We are holding an event where you can talk to Commissioners on the 14th December at 3.00-6.00pm.

If you would like to find out more or book on the event then please click on the link. I look forward to working with you to make Sutton the best place it can be for children and young people.

14:16, 04 Dec 2017 by Sara Thomas
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Leading, Leadership, Manager, Management – all terms that I guess those of who see ourselves as leaders are grappling with. I am on a journey of self-reflection which has enabled me to speak to people in world of CVS’s, friends and colleagues in the voluntary and community sector in Sutton and with my own staff team.

What defines a good leader and what do I need to do to get there? I have started by doing some reading in my spare time and I found ‘The Power of Soft’ by Hilary Gallo an interesting read – so interesting that I have asked him to come and do some work with the SCVS team and with the recently established Voluntary and Community Sector CEO Leadership Forum.

I think it is important that in the voluntary and community we are able to lead our own organisations with passion, authenticity and empowerment of staff, trustees and volunteers. Leaders in the sector also need to lead in a similar way I think and I am looking forward over the next year or so to experimenting with new ways of leading – so if you have any feedback or comments let me know.

11:40, 25 Oct 2017 by Sara Thomas
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