A.G.M. 4th December 2012
I`m very pleased to say that the last 12 months has seen an expansion and continued vibrancy of Bognor CAN. The Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ funding awarded to our organisation in 2010 to cover our core costs has enabled us to deliver a number of successful projects funded through grants from Arun District Council and others. These have included Eat Well, Dance Aerobics and Fitness for Older People which are all going from strength to strength. Other projects such as Community Leaders and Volunteer Parent Support continue to thrive and make a real difference in the deprived communities of Bognor Regis.
The Town Show, funded by Bognor Regis Town Council back in September, had a slightly different feel to it but attracted a lot of people and raised much needed funding for Bognor CAN. Coupled with regular Car Boot events and the recent Christmas Fair, the organisation continues to pro-actively raise a lot of money by its own work and efforts.
A very successful Big Lottery ‘Change and Impact’ funded consultation event held in September, proved to be both stimulating and successful. The findings which are interesting and demonstrate that Bognor CAN is making a real difference in the community, will support funding applications currently in progress to secure the future of Bognor CAN.
Very recently, Bognor CAN was successful in bidding for monies available from the Town Council and Sainsbury’s to organise and hold the new ‘Southdowns Folk Festival’. This will take place in Hotham Park, The Regis Centre and other venues around Bognor Regis town centre from the 20th to the 22nd September 2013. This is an exciting new project and sponsorship has already been secured from a variety of local businesses for this new event.
More information on the new Festival can be obtained by going to:
On behalf of the board of Trustees, we would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Bognor CAN what it is today. We would also like to thank all of our funders, donors and local businesses who have been so generous and supported us during 2012.
We look forward to working with you all in 2012/2013, which promises to be another exciting year.
Development Manager’s Report
During our second year funded through ‘Reaching Communities’ to cover our core costs, Bognor CAN has grown from strength to strength. Due to a down turn in the economic climate, reduction in services by both statutory and voluntary organisations and the effects on the communities we serve, there has been a growing need for our projects and activities.
We have supported over 1000 individuals of all ages through our activities, with beneficiary numbers growing week by week.
Despite increasing challenges and as a result of successfully securing additional funding, we have been able to sustain our existing activities to date and developed new ones in response to continual consultation to support the needs of our beneficiaries. Some of them have become volunteers, with one of our volunteers becoming a sessional worker to facilitate and support our regular activities.We delivered and attended several special events to promote our work, promote volunteering and raise funds and these include a 2011 Community Town Show, “Bounce Back and put a Spring in your Step”, Community Car Boot Sales, Christmas Fair, Spring Fair and attending other local events in Bognor Regis.
Our social clubs and activities for older people have continued to develop very successfully and are well attended. In December 2012 we received £1000 from Arun District Council for additional activities for older people and children and young people worked with them through our 2011 summer activity scheme. Our current activities include an ‘I Can Do’ Social Club and a Card Making and Papercraft group. An outing to Stansted house and garden centre in Hampshire in November 2011 was a great success.
Our Health & Wellbeing activities have gone from strength to strength with more participants attending each week. We now have four adult fitness classes: Fitness for Over 50’s, Zumba Gold, Dance Aerobics and Zumba. During the summer activity scheme for children and young people we delivered ‘Fit Kids’ with a wide variety of sport and dance. We received an additional £10,000 funding from Arun District Council in April 2011 to sustain the fitness classes for all ages throughout the year.
We received a further £500 funding to sustain our community Cook & Eat courses from Cookery Champions, an independent organisation working with the PCT. We have been able to continue to engage and inform vulnerable groups of people on the benefits of low cost healthy meals.
We delivered a four week 2011 summer activity scheme partly funded through Arun District Council £1,800 and Health & Well Being, providing a wide variety of structured activities for children and young people in sports, arts and crafts, cook & eat, handicraft and music. Specialist facilitators were commissioned to deliver the activities which were supported by our beneficiary volunteers of all ages.
We have also sustained our ongoing weekly activities – PowerPlay music workshops funded through Youth Music. The project includes weekly music tuition using a variety of musical instruments e.g. Saxophone, Ukulele, Cello, vocal coaching and percussion for the younger age groups from 8 to 11 years of age. The percussion activities were delivered in Bersted at the Bersted Green Learning Centre and more recently at the Laburnum Grove Primary School. We also continued our Martial Arts classes with grants from Sussex Community Foundation – Comic Relief and a local business Solartron Metrology who chose us as a recipient for a donation. Through the activities we aimed to reduce anti-social behaviour and support children and young people by raising confidence and self esteem.
We delivered football sessions in Bersted for eighteen weeks, in addition to a Family Fun Day, enabling us to consult on the needs of the Bersted Community. Bognor Regis police supported the activities with regular visits and during the four weeks statistics and police feedback demonstrates that Bognor CAN’s activities contribute to the reduction of anti- social behaviour in young people in the areas of our work.
Other activities we ran in year were Street Cricket in partnership with Sussex County Cricket team who covered the project costs and Street Dance funded through Arun District Council Health & Well Being funding. We continued to run PowerPlay funded through Youth Music with a grant of £30,000 over eighteen months.
At the end of the Summer Activities we held a Community Town Show on Saturday 3rd September 2011 funded and supported by Bognor Regis Town Council and Safer Arun Partnership who funded a “Community Challenge” facilitated by our Community Leaders.
The event was a multi agency activity with participants from the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Arun District Council, Bognor Regis Town Council and members of the community. The aim of the event was to break down barriers between services and the community. The day was filmed by Your Space an organisation that provides web information for young people.
Through the promotion of our activities and events, community newsletters, our website and that of organisations with whom we work, we have engaged many more beneficiaries as volunteers. We have delivered a wide variety of training opportunities to enhance their skills and they now take an active role in the planning, delivery and development of all of our activities. Some of our beneficiary volunteers have moved on to employment and further training whilst others continue to support the work of Bognor CAN in a variety of ways and continue their learning. They have taken an active role in regular fundraising initiatives.
Throughout year we have forged good links with Northbrook College in Worthing who will provide training opportunities for our beneficiary volunteers to enhance their educational attainment. Train the Trainer will support three volunteer beneficiaries in July 2012. We have also had training support offered by West Sussex County Council Adult Learning to provide courses in basic literacy, numeracy and IT skills in September 2012. Both colleges will deliver training on our premises which will be less intimidating for our beneficiaries.
In December 2012 we received funding from West Sussex County Council to pilot a community garden to grow produce for the community. In times of severe hardship, this will provide nutritious food for the community aiming to improve health & well being.
In November 2011 in response to need established by consultation carried out by Arun Council for Voluntary Service, we started a pilot Just Men project funded through Arun LNIA . This is a social support network delivered every Wednesday for three hours. It provides help and support to help those with a wide variety of issues such as unemployment, bereavement, retirement and social isolation. The project is supported by Ian Bates from Frame of Mind, who has specialist mental health experience and is commissioned by Bognor CAN. This project will add value by enhancing quality of life and support to future employment.
On 22nd September 2011, we received The Chairman of Arun District Council – Community Hero Award for our work and achievements in Bognor Regis. This adds credibility to our project and demonstrates we are making a real difference in the community. We were also supported by Youth UK and B & Q to do in-store collections for our activities and promote our services. We collected donations of £889.13.
We continue to strengthen our partnership work with a variety of agencies such as Arun District Council, Safer Arun Partnership, Bognor Town Council, the PCT, Mind, the Police and a variety of voluntary organisations has enabling us to reach many more beneficiaries who need our support.
It has been a very busy, exciting and challenging year building on our success. We received an additional £10,000 from the Big Lottery Change and Impact to employ an independent evaluator to evaluate the impact of our work on the community. The report aims to strengthen future funding bids and plan the future of Bognor CAN.
We said farewell to Rachael Atfield, our Project Assistant, in June 2011 due to moving on to another profession and welcomed Helen Knox in October 2011.
A huge thanks to all who have supported our work during 2011/2012 and a special thanks to the Big Lottery, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Bognor Regis Town Council, Arun District Council, Sussex Community Foundation, Youth Music, Solartron Metrology and other small local businesses and all of our wonderful volunteers.