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FUNDING NEWS - CARE LINE UNDER THREAT


Funding News - Careline under threat
Our Care Line service offers support and friendship to approx. 100 lonely and isolated older people across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover.

Along with over 20 other voluntary organisations in Derbyshire our charity is currently in a battle to preserve the funding we get from North Derbyshire CCG. The very existence of our Care Line service is threatened, but we are determined to fight the proposed cuts in every way we can. We have argued our case at meetings, enlisted the help of our MP, Toby Perkins and joined with the other organisations to press our case in parliament.

We believe the CCG is listening, but it's not over yet!

CAN YOU HELP?

  • Please contact your MP and let him know how you feel about what you think will happen if this support is cut
  • Or email us and we will forward your views on (enquiries@ageconcernchesterfield.org.uk)


AGM


Age Concern Chesterfield AGM and management changesAnnual General Meeting and subsequent management changes

The charity's Annual General Meeting was held on 17 July, in the Saints Function room on St Mary's Gate, in the shadow of the Crooked Spire.

Mark Bates, Treasurer, presented the Annual Accounts. The good news is that, although the charity ended up with a deficit of £8139, this was slightly lower than 2017 and is evidence that the finances are under control, and the deficit is well covered by our reserves. Mark did sound a warning that the charity can't continue to draw down on reserves.

John Duncan, Chair, introduced the Annual Report.

It was pleasing to note that Care Line, under the able management of Jo Sinclair continues to be very busy, with 90 to 100 users throughout the year, some of whom enjoyed a very lively Christmas party organised by charity staff.

Working Together with Older People projects in Bolsover and NE Derbyshire District Councils continued and in Bolsover in particular proved very popular as witnessed by attendance at the events arranged by the Co-ordinator Alison Loydall.

John Siddall, Chief Officer, had a busy year finding, and bidding for, new projects. One in particular, the Rocks project, was a branch out into new territory, drawing together people of all ages (from 1 to 91!).

If you'd like to read the Annual Report for more information on this and the other projects, the report is obtainable from our office.

Management Changes:
At the elections, John Duncan stood down as Chair, after 7 years. The new Chair, elected unopposed, is Cllr Gordon Simmons. Gordon joined the charity four years ago, as Chesterfield BC's representative, and in 2017 he was elected as a Trustee. We welcome Gordon as the new Chair, and look forward to a busy and successful year under his leadership.

At the first Executive after the AGM, John Duncan was elected as Secretary, whilst Mark Bates was re-elected as Treasurer. Sue O'Donell was re-elected for a further 3 years as Trustee and the remaining Trustees, Ann Monk, Jill Meeds and Rosemary Scollick continued their three years of service.