History of VCAT

VCAT was created in 2000 by the Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to meet the development needs of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Trafford.

Previously, the local authority and a steering group of some 50 people had been looking at  voluntary and community sector organisations in the borough and how they could be supported to become more effective. This resulted in VCAT being established to offer core support and development functions for the sector; mainly funding, advice, training, networking and communication.

Armed with an initial business plan asking for eight training events and four newsletters a year and some strategic work, VCAT has gone on to establish itself as the leading infrastructure agency in Trafford. VCAT acts in a leadership role, playing its part in developing the voluntary and community sector and establishing opportunities for our members to make a positive contribution to the civic life of the borough.

VCAT's 10th Birthday
In 2010 VCAT celebrated it's 10th Birthday and to mark the occasion produced a 10 year review charting successes and achievements over the last 10 years. 2000-2010: A Decade of Supporting & Developing Voluntary and Community Action'

Company & Charity Registration
VCAT became a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2002 and achieved Charity Status in 2003.

Charity Commission Review
In December 2006 VCAT was selected to undergo a Charity Commission Review. This entailed the production of review files encompassing all VCAT's activities, visions and procedures, as well as the attendance of a formal meeting.

The result was that we received an excellent review, one which reflects the values of our organisation and one which we are proud of.

This review was part of a wider report looking into the effectiveness of charities involved in regeneration.