Trustees Annual Report 2009-2010
2009-2010 proved to be a very good year, building upon our previous work but also on new ventures. We developed many new projects, community events, and a 2009 annual Community Town Show, in partnership with Bognor Regis Town Council, Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Horticultural Society.
We are pleased to report that Bognor CAN continues to demonstrate a proven track record for positive engagement with hard to reach communities, partnership working and successful project delivery. Organisations from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors regularly approach us for support to deliver projects and activities including hosting a community day to produce artwork for huge hoarding’s, to tidy up the old derelict LEC refrigerator site. This has all happened despite working hard to seek core funding with tremendous help of Paul Foreman and Andrew Davenport from Arun Neighborhood Network, to submit an application for 3 years core funding from the Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’.
It has been a challenging yet exciting year, with the help of many organisations, volunteers and led by Carol Fullick our Development Manager. We would like to thank everyone for the hard work they have done to make this year so successful.
An organisation such as Bognor CAN would not be able to operate without the grass roots support of the volunteers, who are local people working to support other local people and making us a real ‘community action network’’.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, Carol, the local community and partnership organisations with whom we have worked.
We would like more Trustees to join us, so if you believe you can help us to support many more local people, have skills, a passion to make a difference and can commit a little time, we would love to hear from you.
Bognor CAN Trustees
DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS REPORT
As always Bognor CAN has been very busy in April 2009 we launched exercise classes for adults, commissioned by the Health & Well Being Partnership. The aim of the classes were to improve health and reduce obesity. After taster sessions, the community decided on Boxercise and dance aerobics.
In May 2009 we launched a ‘grow your own fruit & veg’ to encourage community families to grow their own vegetables in containers. Families grew tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, potatoes, peas, beans, lettuce and more. Children also learnt about how vegetables are good for them through fun activities. Some of the participants entered the produce they had grown in our 2009 Community Town Show. We hope to continue with this project in the future
In June 2009 we worked with a local business Sime Darby, who commissioned us to facilitate a community arts day to design hoardings for their land on the Shripney Road, Bognor Regis. The theme was ‘Community, Environment and Sea Front’. The idea of the project was that the community would take ownership of the project. We engaged over 200 people of all ages from the deprived wards of Bognor Regis.
During the month we also entered the 2009 Bognor Regis Carnival, where Bognor CAN was the overall prize winner.
During the summer months we held three community car boot sales to enable Bognor CAN and local people to raise much needed funds. On August 22nd 2009 we delivered our third Community Town Show which was well attended and with glorious weather. The event hosted many activities for people of all ages focusing on health, the environment and community safety.
In September 2009 we were commissioned by Arun District Crime & Disorder Partnership to deliver a 40 week football project for young people aged 9 to 16 years of age. We ran this on Saturday afternoons, aiming to reduce anti-social behaviour by young people.
We repeated our Community Christmas Fair once again on 28th November in partnership with Bognor Regis Youth & Community Centre, which was well attended by people of all ages.
In November we started a pilot project ‘Lunch Club for Older People’ promoting winter warming healthy recipes and providing a social network, to reduce social isolation. We aim to develop many more activities for older people in the future.
In December 2009 Bognor CAN was nominated by one of our community volunteers for a ‘Special Achievement Award’ provided by the Chichester and Bognor Observer for support to the community. Volunteers accompanied me to attend the award ceremony at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
In addition to the above we continue to manage and support a Martial Arts project for children aged three years of age upwards. This takes place over three hours on Friday afternoons and early evenings.
We continued to provide training events including the First aid courses, volunteer management, training for trainers and Food Hygiene Certificates for local people, volunteers and partner organisations and work with voluntary and statutory sectors, to identify gaps in services and deliver activities that will meet local need.
In addition to our project delivery and after many months of hard work, we submitted a grant application to the Big Lottery Fund ‘Reaching Communities’ and in mid-March we heard we had been successful and awarded £146,448 to cover our core costs for the next three years, employ a project assistant and enable us to deliver many more projects and activities for people of all ages, from the Local Neighbourhood Improvement Areas of Bognor Regis.