Third Sector Forum Meeting
12th August 2014
AVA Office, 21 Longrow South, Campbeltown
Organisations Present: Argyll Voluntary Action, Kintyre Link Club, Community Organic Garden, Dalintober & Millknowe Tenants and Residents Association, Homestart, Women’s Aid, Shopper Aide.
Apologies: Dochas Centre, KADAS, Women’s Aid.
Ian welcomed everyone to the meeting.
All parties were encouraged to give an update.
Kintyre Link Club / Community Organic Garden
Tracy explained that they were in their final funding year with the Robertson Trust. They have been advised to wait a year and then re-apply.
The Link Club’s successful redecoration has now been completed. There are Art classes available on Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 with Jennifer Bizet. The walking group is meeting every Thursday with Jacky from Positive Action, who is also providing Treatments. They will soon be designing a new events program , from now till Christmas. The Link club is open to all providing they have or had mental health issues.
The Community Garden needs more volunteers. Rebecca is now in post as Volunteer Co-ordinator, this being an eight month position. Tracy is in the garden from Monday – Friday from 9-3.30 during the summer months. She confirmed that Healthy Start Vouchers are accepted. An end of season BBQ & fun day is arranged for Saturday 20th September.
Joan informed the group that they are also looking to recruit more volunteers for Driving, Shopping, and Befriending. Both sexes are required even if only an hour of their time is available. Although PVG’s will be required. They are hosting a Silver Sunday function on Sunday 5th October. This is a free event for elderly persons with food being available. Details will be confirmed at the next week’s committee meeting.
Eleanor explained that there was still £900 remaining in the Health & Wellbeing Network Budget for this year. She informed the group that she was a volunteer support worker for Rape Crisis, who is now supporting LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender). LGBT are able to support a large spectrum of people and are easily contactable via email / phone.
The next Health & Wellbeing Network meeting is on Friday 15th August from 10-12pm, at the hospital.
Ruth explained that to ensure future sustainability the structure of Women’s Aid will be changing. They will be looking for a Company Director and new board members. The company advertising logo will change. It will now read “Argyll & Bute Women’s Aid Listens”. Steve expressed his concerns about the website font size. It was agreed by all that this should be addressed to the website designer.
Dalintober/Millknowe Tenants & Residents Association
Reported that the lease had been terminated by ACHA. Broom Cottage will be unavailable to the association from the end of November. They have been offered use of the Guide Hall. ACHA will continue to fund rental costs, although the amount available is uncertain.
Steve thanked Margaret for her assistance, and asked that this be minuets. Margaret proposed that a message of support be sent from the forum to DMTRA. It was suggested Eleanor form a Tenants & Residential Association for Carradale.
Margaret informed all parties that the pilot project was due to start in October. This will be run by Volunteers. They have been given free premises within a portakabin at the former Police Station. The Trussel Trust have not been used for the project, they have chosen to work independently. Referrals will be made by NHS, Social Work and Job Centre, among others. Food donation points will be available throughout the town. Plans are still to be finalised, but opening times will probably be Monday and Friday’s and outwith these hours, contacts will be available by phone.
Citizens Advice Centre
Ian informed the forum that the the Citizens Advice Services will be working from the AVA office on the 20th August from 2-4pm. This will be a pilot service, depending on need. For more information please speak to Ian.
Ian wanted to highlight his concerns regarding fraud incidents within the town. Suggestions were made that everyone be aware of this, including individuals and groups. A discussion was carried out within the forum concerning this. The next Kintyre Seniors Forum meeting will be Thursday 14th August from 2-4pm in the AVA office.
Survive & Thrive
Pat explained that we were still receiving referrals, and working with other organisations regarding individual’s needs. More Steps courses are to be carried put over the new few months. Referrals can be made by organisations and individuals. The project is in its final year of funding and hoping for this to continue in the future.
Volunteer Management Training
Following a discussion it was decided Margaret would organise training in Campbeltown within the next few months.
Date of Next Meeting: No date has been set
Admin & Finance Support Officer
14th August 2014