Appeal for Trustees
Patricia Vella- Chair
Patricia Vella is a Resilience and Security expert who held senior positions in a Telecoms as well as an Investment Bank before becoming an independent consultant. She has been a passionate advocate of peer support and improvement of standards in the industry and formerly held a number of positions in non profit industry groups including Vice Chair of the Resilience Association, Chair of the Women’s Security Society as well as Technical Committee Chair, Rapporteur and Standards Editor roles in the European Telecoms Standards Institute. She is a regular volunteer in her local community in roles as varied as organiser of the village advent windows and washer up/bar tender for local theatre events. .
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 0118 951 2337 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,
Joanna Reece- Trustee
Joanna has been a trustee of CCA since 2016. She is a chartered surveyor and works as a commercial property manager for a Central London landowner. Joanna grew up in Reading and attends Greyfriars Church.
Rachel Belshaw- Treasurer
Rachel has lived in the Reading area for over 25 years and has been a supporter of CCA for most of that time. She became a trustee in 2020.
Rachel is a chartered accountant who has a particular interest in charity finance. She is also a trustee of Mosaic Middle East, a charity working with refugees in Jordan and Iraq. Rachel was previously a trustee at Open Doors for 12 years and has worked with many other charities both as a trustee or in an advisory capacity to ensure that they have good financial and governance procedures in place.
In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, running and playing the piano.
Suzanne - Trustee
Suzanne was a member of staff at CCA before leaving us to join the ministry team at St Bartholomew's in Whitley
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.