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January 2022

Connectforce Community CIC announces appointment of Kevin Berry as new
Non-Executive Director

Kevin Berry, Financial and Operations Director at Whizz Education,  joins at a crucial moment for the Connectforce team, who have been spending the past year building its concept and proving impact. 

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Joining Connectforce as a Non Executive Director, Kevin brings his wealth of experience as a chartered accountant (ACMA) with a background in leading businesses through transformation, scale up, and readiness for a period of growth.  Kevin's main goal is to advise and aid us to best improve and develop our finances, people, processes and systems to be effective and enable the business to thrive. 

 

Connectforce co-founder, Claudia Wace comments,

”We would like to thank Kevin Berry for accepting this position and joining us on our mission to reduce social exclusion through creativity, connection and community. Already Kevin has been a huge help, showing enthusiasm and willingness to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with us. Kevin will be instrumental in improving Connectforce's capacity and internal strength, setting us up for a hopefully transformative next year. We look forward to continuing to work together.”

 

Kevin Berry, comments,

“I really believe in working with and supporting social enterprises (if you have the chance and something to offer, do it). When I first found out about Connectforce I instantly understood their why and their mission.  At some point in time the majority of people will feel marginalised or isolated, especially in the current climate, who wouldn't want to work towards improving that!

Having met with the founders, and having been very impressed by their entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the cause, I jumped at the chance to support them in growing Connectforce and I'm incredibly excited to see how far we can take it and the positive social impact it can have.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current programmes include:

Connectforce Companions: a virtual befriending scheme that matches artists with older people in care settings for 1-on-1 chats

 

Musical Companions: a virtual befriending scheme centred around music, developed specifically for older people living with dementia

 

Get Vocal Youth: a series of acting-derived workshops designed to support marginalised young peoples’ confidence and communication skills on their journey to employment/further education

 

Programmes Supported by:


Get Vocal in Business: a series of structured workshops designed to improve communication and presentation skills in the workplace.

Connectforce Community CIC is a social enterprise which provides creative programmes to support those experiencing social exclusion. 

“We believe in the power of the arts, and its artists' skillsets to promote social inclusion via confidence and communication outcomes.”

Contact

General enquiries:

 

Victoria Basten

Co-founder and Director 

victoria@connectforce.community 

Media and PR related:

info@connectforce.community

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