Annual General Meeting of North Midlands LGBT Older People’s Group

Virtual Meeting on Zoom

6.00 pm Tuesday 18 May 2021

AGENDA

  1. Registration of Those Present and Apologies
  2. Registration of Any Other Business
  3. Minutes of the 2020 AGM and Matters Arising
  4. Annual Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Election of Trustees
  7. Charity Objects
  8. Any Other Business

1 Registration of those present and Apologies

2 Registration of Any Other Business

 

3 Minutes of last AGM 2020

 

Annual General Meeting of North Midlands LGBT Older People’s Group
Zoom Video Conference due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions
6.00 pm Monday 20 July 2020

Attendees: Maurice Greenham (Chair), Angie Boote, Paul Segynowycz, John Capewell, Mike Birkett, John Miller, Denis Layton, Alan Myers, Joe Waring

Non members : Anne Birkett and Helen Brown ( LGBT Champion for Combined Healthcare Trust). Counted Votes and moderated fair procedure.

Voting was carried out by show of hands and JR & KM sent email voting slip.

A copy of all documents and information presented was published on the website two weeks prior to the meeting.

  1. Apologies: Stephen Malkin, John Rhead, Karl Meyer
    2. Minutes of last AGM – accepted as correct
    3.         Revised Constitution of Charity Objects to meet CIO requirements – Unanimously accepted
    4.         Annual report – summarised by Chair – Unanimously accepted
    5.         Financial report – – Unanimously accepted
    6.         Trustees: AB, DL, MG, PS, SM, JM – Unanimously accepted. Formal duties will be agreed at next committee meeting on 28 July 2020.
    7.         Chair thanked Committee members for their work and support throughout the year.
    8.         Special best wishes were extended by the whole group for Stephen and Trevor.

Meeting closed 18:25

Paul Segynowycz

Secretary

4 Annual Report

Annual Report 2020 -2021

North Midlands LGBT Older Peoples Groups

Charity 1186844

1 Linley Road, Hartshill, Stoke on Trent ST4 6AX

Trustees: Maurice Greenham (Chair), Paul Segynowycz (Treasurer), John Miller (Secretary), Angie Boote, Dennis Layton, Stephen Malkin, Andrew Colclough

Charitable Incorporated Organisation – Association Model

A volunteer led group whose trustees are elected by its members – In the past year, all activities including monthly Board meetings have been held online

The last twelve months has tested the resilience of the group with a second wave of the coronavirus leading to a prolonged lockdown. Members have met these challenges with remarkable good will and a generous spirit of cooperation. There has been consistent support for the programme of online activities we have been able to offer thanks to a successful project funded with a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Government.

The group can now record passing its one-year milestone as a registered charity: Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) 1186844 (9 December 2019)

OLGBT MIND-MATTERS Project was awarded £5000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund to help with people’s mental health and wellbeing. We can report that the project was completed on time and on budget. In total 47 participants attended at least one session; some were attracted to one activity more than another. All feedback from the four craft workshops and four performing arts series of workshops was positive. Realizing that not everyone was in the fortunate position of having a supportive organisation during the pandemic, all workshops and social Zoom sessions were made available to members of the public who felt they might benefit from our programme of creative and social activities. This explains the higher number of participants than normal. Moving our monthly group meetings to weekly ones online, increased opportunities for people to engage socially from 12 to 52…more than a fourfold increase.

Stoke Pride 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic and the online version only had one contributor – this group. Preparations are underway for a better organised online Stoke Pride 2021, and we have been working on making a video of the OLGBT group’s activities throughout the past year as our contribution.

As full members of the LGBT Consortium we benefited from its advice and trustee training in conjunction with the Small Charities Coalition. As a result, our trustees are better prepared to understand and undertake their roles and responsibilities. In addition, we now have a set of policies in place which we intend to review annually and update when needed. We can also be confident that all activities have directed at the charity’s chief beneficiaries (older LGBT people) as well as for the wider public benefit.

None of the success of the past year would have been possible without the dedicated commitment and hard work of trustees and volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks is extended to each and every one of them.

Maurice Greenham (Chair)

5 Financial Report

 

 

6 Election of Trustees

To comply with Charity Commission rules, one third of the Board of trustees must retire each year. They should do so in order of longest serving. This year it is the turn of Maurice Greenham and Paul Segynowycz to retire. Trustees standing down may present themselves for re-election if there are spaces on the Board.

Paul does not wish to stand for re-election; Maurice, therefore is the sole candidate for re-election this year. There are more spaces on the Board than trustees to fill them, so a ballot isn’t required.  However, Maurice needs to be re-elected by members at the AGM as does Andrew who was appointed to the Board in February. This will be done by Poll on Zoom.

7  Constitution Charity Object

The object of the CIO is the promotion of social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people who are socially excluded on the grounds of their gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation (in particular lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people) to meet the needs of such people and assist them to fully participate in society, in particular by:

(a) providing a local network group that encourages and enables LGBT people to participate more effectively with the wider community; and

(b) increasing, or coordinating, opportunities for LGBT people to engage with service providers, to enable those providers to adapt services to better meet the needs of those people.

8 Any Other Business

Note – All images relate to OLGBT MIND-MATTERS PROJECT