Annual Report 2006-07
There have been many staff changes since the Clubhouse became operational. Peter Stokes, the Project Development Manager, was absent with long-term sickness for much of the period April to August 2006 when the funding for the salary expired and Peter's post was made redundaNt.
Laura Pennington took on an Acting Manager role until she went on maternity leave at the end of October 2006. Debbie Curren, Claire Chubb and Dave Butcher kept things going and dealt with a massive increase in member numbers as well as an increase in the number of days from two to three. Claire left to pursue an Occupational Therapy post in December.
David Marsden's appointment as Enfield Clubhouse's new Director began in January 2007. Financial constraints meant that staff were faced with their posts being made redundant from May 2007 unless they were prepared to go part-time until further funding could be found. It was understandable that both Dave Butcher and later Debbie Curren took up offers of full-time employment elsewhere in June and July.
Gunsel Fevzi who started out as a Clubhouse volunteer and then Val Gorbould joined the staff team on a temporary, part-time basis. Dave Butcher has since rejoined as a casual worker. Laura Pennington's post has been made redundant with effect from the end of October 2007.
In addition to Gunsel's contribution as a volunteer, the Clubhouse was fortunate to benefit from the donation of time and skills from the following volunteers:
Lesley Todd – expert gardening advice
Mehrdad Abbasnejad – all-round support and help with jobs in the house
Sally Lam – business and administration support
Mark Durdle – expert advice and practical help in setting up our IT network
All staff and operations volunteers are subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks.
All of these changes were overshadowed by the shocking and tragic news of Debbie Curren's death just a few weeks after she started her new job.