Appeal for Trustees
Vic - Acting chair
Vic has recently retired as the Chief Executive of Reading YMCA, and has been a trustee of CCA since early 2015. He brings a wealth of experience from many years' involvement in the community, and working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
Among his community interests he is a member of the Reading Voluntary Sector Forum Committee, Chairman of RCVYS, and an RBC/PCT Compact Representative. He has a passionate commitment to seeing people's lives restored whatever background.
CCAM is seeking two trustees/directors to join our board to keep this vital work of Christians serving God and the church by helping to Love our Reading Neighbours.
CCAM seeks to fulfil its vision and mission by running 5 action support centres around Reading which serve as shops where donated preloved items no longer needed can be sold and, in some cases, repurposed to support our mission. The centres also provide a welcome and a listening ear where staff seek to provide support, advice and help to signpost people to other agencies to meet specific needs. There is also a designated Support Centre in the Oxford Road, the staff of whom have been co-ordinating the resources and support provided during this CVD pandemic. This has included our van drivers and volunteers delivering emergency furniture, food and nursery items to those in desperate need and helping other organisations too.
In normal times the vans and crews collect donated furniture which is recycled/repurposed and sold in the Furniture Shop at No 79 Northumberland Road, or stored for donating to people being rehoused like the homeless or refugees fleeing violence.
In partnership with Caversham Baptist Church a weekly Drop-In, serving lunches is a focal point for engaging with homeless and other folk. This is currently suspended but discussions are ongoing with a view to reopening when this is possible.
In summary - Environmentally we seek to reduce waste and re-cycle items; Humanly to support people physically through providing employment and volunteering opportunities in the action centre shops, by repurposing and refurbishing furniture and other items in No 79 and the warehouse; and Mentally and Spiritually through Love, Christian Prayers and Companionship.
Could you help us LOVE YOUR READING NEIGHBOUR?
Please explore our website for further information.
If you are interested in serving as a Trustee of a very local charity and have a little time - we meet monthly for two hours (on Zoom currently) which requires reading and digesting prepared documents, discussing Strategic, Policy and Governance issues, and reviewing the Vision and Mission as necessary and “steering the organisation”, we need your personal skills, judgement, ideas and advice and would be delighted to hear from you.
Please phone 07917 704320 or provide our office with your contact details and one of our trustees will contact you to explore further:
Christian Community Action Ministries, (CCA Reading)
369 Oxford Road,
Clare - Trustee
Clare became a trustee of CCA in 2014. She lives in Caversham with her husband of over 25 years, and their three children. Clare has been a member of Greyfriars church since 2000 and writes a regular column for the church newsletter Greyfriars and New Hope News.
Weekdays nine-to-five Clare and her husband run a specialists legal PR consultancy in Covent Garden London, advising lawyers and barristers all over the UK and overseas on their media and wider communication issues. She hopes her entrepreneurial and communications skills will help CCA with its ambitious plans for the future.
Penny - Trustee
Penny grew up in Caversham, became a Christian whilst at Durham University, and after returning to Reading worshipped at Greyfriars, Penny remembers CCA in its infancy and she has been a supporter for many years. She has been a volunteer in the Whitley CCA shop and became a trustee in 2015.
Penny was ordained in 2012 and is now the Associate Minister at St John the Baptist, Caversham.