Annual Report 2008-2009

Trustees Annual Report 2008-2009

2008-2009 proved to be a very good year, building upon our previous work and also delivering new projects and activities. Opportunities arose to work with a variety of organisations from the voluntary and statutory sectors. This includes, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, the Primary Care Trust, Arun District Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership, Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Town Council. We delivered, a ‘Cook & Eat Project’, First Aid for the Community, a Community Town Show and a Christmas lunch for older people. Bognor CAN has also benefited greatly from working with the BBC, including coverage on BBC South Today.

Our Martial Arts project for children and young people continues to go from strength to strength, with funding from Arun District Council and Sussex Community Foundation. The young participants attended the Southern Championships in Portsmouth on 29th March 2009, and returned with fifteen medals and four trophies.

During the past year we have delivered many fundraising events, raising almost £4000 including a Christmas Fair, Games Day, a Music workshop and Band Night supported by local musicians, and an evening with Rats in the Kitchen, (a UB40 tribute band) supported by local businesses. In addition to the fundraising, we received over £4,000 in donations from local businesses and individuals.

Hard work by our Development Manager and our very dedicated volunteers has enabled Bognor CAN to become a locally well known organisation, striving to meet the needs of the local community. The trustees would like to thank Carol Fullick, our Development Manager and all of the dedicated volunteers for the work they have done to make this a successful year. An organisation such as Bognor CAN would not be able to operate without the support of volunteers, who are local people, working to support other local people, making us a real ‘Community Action Network’.

We have many plans for next year to expand our project delivery and fundraising including community car boot sales, a 2009 Town Show and entry into the Bognor Regis Town Carnival. We look forward to yet another exciting year in 2009/2010.

Trustees, Bognor CAN
2008/2009

DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS REPORT

The past twelve months has been very hectic with the development of many exciting projects and activities. The involvement of many new volunteers from the local enabled Bognor CAN to increase activity provision and support many more local people.

In March 2008 we worked with the BBC Southern Counties Radio to develop an informative film about the dangers of binge drinking. ‘Lashed But Not Crashed’ (the link for which is here >> The film was commissioned by the Primary Care Trust, Sussex Police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Arun District Council’s Crime & Reduction Partnership. The BBC Today crew broadcast the local news from the Youth & Community Centre which enabled the young people who participated in the project to be on TV, which was a great experience for them.

As a result of our 2007 Community Town Show, we were commissioned to deliver 25 Community Cook & Eat, and Basic Family First Aid, Pediatric First Aid and Defibrillation for families and First Aid at Work courses for small voluntary groups and volunteers, commissioned through Outcome 22, administered by Arun District Council and managed by the Arun Local Strategic Partnership. We delivered 15 two day cook and eat courses for families from the deprived wards of Bognor Regis.

The Basic First aid courses continue to run.

In August 2008, we delivered a four week activity project for children and young people. This was commissioned by Sussex Police Authority, Arun Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Arun Wellbeing and Health Partnership and Arun Local Strategic Partnership.

The scheme was to provide meaningful activities for children and young people of all ages in order to reduce anti-social behaviour during the holiday period, when there is no statutory youth provision and often a considerable increase in criminal damage and public nuisance.

In September 2008 we held our second Community Town Show, but due to the appalling weather we held it in the Youth & Community Centre. It was well attended and submissions of Town Show entries by local people.

In December 2008 we held a community Christmas Fair with a visit from Father Christmas, table sale and lots of activities for the children attending. A great time was had by all.

Just before Christmas we delivered a Christmas Lunch for older people at King George Court, Bognor Regis, sheltered housing for older people. The participants had a great time with a good sing song and a comedy session donated by a local comedian.

In February 2009 we launched a Cook & Eat Jamie Oliver Style Project. This was commissioned by the Health & Well Being Partnership. Three community volunteers, who have experience of social deprivation and health inequalities, were trained by the Primary Care Trust to teach local families in similar situations to cook and eat on a budget. We are in the process of delivering ten five weekly cook & Eat courses for up to 10 people per course, on £4 for a family of four. Since the launch in February, we have participated in community events to promote the project and to recruit local families to participate. We have engaged 22 families through six courses to date.

The PCT normally train professionals to deliver the courses across West Sussex, but Bognor CAN volunteers had the opportunity to train as trainers who, have proved to be extremely successful in engaging with deprived communities as they have first hand experience of social disadvantage and health inequalities. Bognor CAN trained volunteers, have given presentations to professional trainees attending courses delivered by the PCT across West Sussex.

Following our launch, the BBC Politics Show South filmed the project which appeared on the show on Sunday 15 February 2009.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/politics_show/7877577.stm

Following the success of the launch and the program, they then filmed the project focusing on budget shopping on 5th May 2009.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/politics_show/8082949.stm

Since starting we have an additional three community volunteer, PCT trained trainers.

The year ended on a positive note with lots of plans for the coming year.

Carol Fullick
Development Manager
31 March 2009