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VAS announce transfer of VC Connect to Simply Connect

Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) has announced today the transfer of its popular software business – VC Connect – to a new company set up by the existing staff team, to enable the business to thrive in the software industry.

Maddy Desforges, Chief Executive at VAS, says; “I am delighted that having successfully incubated and grown our software service in VAS, the VC Connect staff team are launching it as their own under their newly established company – Simply Connect Solutions Ltd.”

The decision reflects a critical stage in VC Connect’s lifecycle – the time is right for such a change, to enable the business to thrive and grow in the software solutions market. We wish the Simply Connect team all the best.”

The existing VC Connect services will continue under the leadership of Sirinda Bhandal, who has worked at VAS for over twenty years and originally developed VC Connect in 2006. The team of three have more than fifty years combined experience of delivering digital services and consultancy to the not-for-profit sector, and will continue to provide dedicated support tocustomers, whilst also introducing new developments and services.

Sirinda Bhandal said; “Judith, Sarah and I are extremely excited to be taking forward the VC Connect services as an independent business. We are all committed to using tech for good and continuing to provide a great service to our customers.

“VC Connect’s successful growth wouldn’t have been possible without our customers, and we want to officially thank all of them. We will work hard to ensure our customers continue to be involved in our business, and we will workmore collaborativelygoing forwards.”

“We are thrilled to be working with advisors from both voluntary, commercial, public and health sectors who are providing invaluable insight for the business at this critical time. If you or someone you know would like to get involved and work with our exciting new tech4good start-up company, then please let us know.”

VC Connect is used by around eighty organisations nationally, with almost 100,000 voluntary organisations registered to use VC Connect services. Over 50 local authorities use the Volunteer Connect platform to help place over 50,000 volunteers.

The ‘Connect Well’ social prescribing platform is used across Essex, Kent and in several London boroughs, providing an easy-to-use referral route for health and social care professionals into thousands of quality assured local community services.

For more information about VC Connect services, please contact the Simply Connect team at or call 0114 253 6611.

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