Chairman’s Report for 2016
There are very few organisations who can offer the services in which Magdalene specialises and so we remain much in demand and our resources are constantly being stretched. Our thanks go to our staff, our counsellors and our volunteers who continue to work with such dedication and who are often prepared to go the extra mile. We are blessed with the facilities we have in Bacup, but our work elsewhere in East Lancashire has seen us searching for new premises from which to operate. The search at this moment continues.
The financial challenge has not gone away. Our thanks once again go to those individuals and organisations, who have supported our work consistently over a prolonged period and without whom we would not have been able to function. As a Charity we continue to be a part of The Family and Wellbeing Consortium based in Blackburn, ELCCG’s preferred third sector provider of services in our area and provide services to clients under the IAPT programme. Funding from this has begun to provide us with a degree of financial certainty. But we cannot afford to be complacent as we search for further funding streams. We are in need of a dedicated fundraiser and were disappointed that this year our progress in this area did not produce the fruit we had hoped for. Our search continues.
2016 has seen significant strides in the development of our governance. Our intention to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was fulfilled, giving the trustees a more secure basis from which to operate. We now have a rolling programme for reviewing our policies and procedures. In August 2016 we approved “A Risk Policy for Clients and Others.” At our February 2017 meeting we approved “A Procedure for Therapy for Transgender and Same Sex Attraction Clients” reflecting the sensitive nature of this area of our work and discussions we have had as Trustees during 2016. Salary reviews and payments for sessional counselling are now well embedded. We have agreed pension provision for staff. All of this has added to the professional foundation underpinning our work.
My thanks go to my fellow trustees – Harry Thompson, Jasper Gordon and Irene Alderson along with our Administrator Robin Jones for all their hard work over the past year. I believe we will be adding to this dedicated team in the coming year.
We face the future in good order and I commend the ongoing work of Magdalene, asking that whatever your role you continue to support us as we offer help to the many vulnerable clients who access our services.
Acting Chair of Trustees