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Hollywood star Michael Sheen unveiled as President of Welsh third sector group

Micheal Sheen is known for his role in major blockbusters, including Kingdom of Heaven and the Underworld franchise Credit: PA

Hollywood star Michael Sheen says he is 'immensely proud' after having been unveiled as President of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Although it is considered an honorary position, Sheen is expected to play a significant role in the organisation.

I am immensely proud of the incredible work delivered by individuals, organisations and communities across Wales in the third sector and I hope that by taking up the role of honorary President I can lend my voice to the sector, provide some challenge and get involved! I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focussed on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership. Together I hope we can champion those achieving real change in their communities, attract more sustainable resources and policy support, whilst also raising the level of ambition for what we can achieve through a social economy in Wales.

– Michael Sheen

The actor from Port Talbot has become increasing involved in the third sector in recent years.

He represents UNICEF as a UK Ambassador, and acts as a patron for various organisations including Social Enterprises UK, Credit Unions Wales and End Youth Homelessness Cymru.

He has also campaigned and advocated widely on issues including housing, fracking and the Future Generations Act.

We are thrilled that Michael Sheen has agreed to be our President and very much look forward to working with him as a champion for the third sector in Wales. His interests resonate strongly with those of WCVA and the wider sector. WCVA is in the business of making positive change by connecting, enabling and influencing with our members and partners.

Our new President can help us achieve this, as he brings a world-wide reputation for championing fairness, equality, and social justice.

– Ruth Marks, WCVA Chief Executive