Annual General Meeting – November 2018

Our AGM for 2018 took place on the 15th of November at Firstsite – we had around a 60-70 people attend the meeting, which was divided into three main parts.

Part One

During the first part, we heard from our Chair, Rosalind Scott, about new developments, thoughts on some governance issues, our new vision and mission and how we intend to become more sustainable, as a Community Interest Company.

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Part Two

The second part included twelve short presentations on areas of work by RA-C volunteers, as well as various partners working with RA-C. Areas of work include Advocacy, Education, Employment, Outreach, Mental Health, and Calais.

Megan provided an update on the very well received publication of our recipe book, ‘Something To Share’, it’s a perfect Christmas present (click on the book cover for more information).

Part Three

The third part of the evening was a presentation detailing our accounts for 2017-2018 and the announcement of the new development grant provided by the Big Lottery. The new grant will cover 6 months and is specifically designed to help RA-C develop its systems and processes to attract funding that will make our work sustainable for the next few years. Click on the ‘Lottery Funded’ logo for more information.

After the formal presentation of our accounts for the year, Maria presented a captivating ‘alternative view’ of our account from a non-finance perspective in which she detailed…

Befrienders – help and support, lifts, furniture, gifts for new families.
Admin support – gifts of specialist books and charts, partnerships, computer.
Friends from our wider community – hours of help and kindness spreading out.
Jan a play specialist who creates a wonderful environment for the children at our community evenings.
Mohamed from Jordan who despite a busy schedule at the University comes to the evenings to help translate so nobody misses out.

As Maria put it, if you want to feel rich – just count all the things you have that money cannot buy!

We finished the evening with a short video of Ben – one of our enthusiastic and committed younger volunteers – speaking from the heart…

Thank you to everyone who came on the night and thank you for your continued support.

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