Wednesday 4th October saw the Annual General Meeting take place


Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Steve Rides, Transforming Lives; Walter Park, BPRCVS Trustee; Brierfield Councillor Sajad Ahmed; Mayor Of Burnley, Councillor Howard Baker; Mayor Of Pendle, Councillor David Whalley; Mayor Of Rossendale, Councillor Colin Crawforth; Mayoress Of Pendle, Mrs Barbara Whalley; Mayoress Of Rossendale, Mrs Denise Crawforth; Susan Hughes, BPRCVS Chair; Christine Blythe, BPRCVS Chief Officer.

The BPRCVS AGM 2017 was held at the CVS Centre and Susan Hughes, BPRCVS Chair, took the lead. The meeting started with Susan Hughes welcoming the dignitaries and all other civic guests who were representing their respective local areas.

The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Howard Baker (pictured above), is also the president of BPRCVS; a tradition since 1935. The President's Address paid tribute to BPRCVS for providing the much needed support to the communities of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. The address proceeded to commend and thank all staff, trustees and volunteers for the hard work they do, but also noted the success of individual projects too. The very successful Prescription For Wellbeing small grants saw 97 small community groups being awarded funds totaling over £468,000. The Community Navigator project supported 119 clients in it's first year which has resulted in a significant drop in the number of unnecessary GP appointments being made by individuals who don't require medical treatment, but rather a social intervention. Another success highlighted in the President's Address was the acquisition of Gannow Community Centre in partnership with Gannow Big Local. The centre has become a community hub of activities and events keeping it at the forefront of the community. 

The address continued by mentioning the changes undertaken by BPRCVS during the last year. This time last year saw the launch of the new BPRCVS website. The reception has been refurbished to create a warm, welcoming feeling when visitors arrive at the centre. To celebrate over 80 years of service the conference room was renamed the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth room in honour of a founding member of BPRCVS.

Susan Hughes referred to her annual report and explained that BPRCVS have a strategic plan covering the period 2015-2018 which encompassed a number of key issues facing the organisation such as growth, diversification, marketing and rebranding the organisation. Susan said of BPRCVS "we are a very proactive organisation and in line with good governance intend to look at setting up a business plan, which is always very useful when applying for funding. The business plan will provide a very clear indication of the way forward for the next year and beyond."

The BPRCVS Chair concluded with offering her appreciation to all staff, trustees and volunteers. In particular thanking Christine Blythe, BPRCVS Chief Officer, for all the hard work she does. Thanks was also expressed to Ashworth Moulds, Southerns Solicitors, our key funders and partners.

Mark Holmes, of Ashworth Moulds, presented the audited accounts. Compared to 2016, where the accounts displayed a deficit, there was a surplus for 2017. Part of this surplus and the increased fixed assets was due to the acquisition of Gannow Community Centre, of which had been declared as a donation.

The AGM saw three new members elected to the Executive Committee following nominations received. These were Jackie Oakes, Walter Park and Irene Burton. All were accepted unanimously. Further new appointments saw County Councillor Joe Cooney, Lancashire County Council, and Councillor Janice Johnson, Rossendale Borough Council, be appointed as local authority representatives. These appointments are not voted on as they are nominated by the respective councils.

The AGM concluded with a presentation delivered by Steve Rides, Transforming Lives (pictured above), which is a project aimed at identifying people who display signs of vulnerability, suffering from complex needs, and have the potential to become a persistent demand on services including police, fire, ambulance, housing, etc. The aim is to reach people early before a crisis is reached, but the project still works with those who have reached crisis level.