Annual Report 2006-07
View from the Chair
During this second operational year we have unfortunately had to reduce our operations to two days a week. I wish to thank the staff members, who consequently had to leave us, for their loyalty in understanding our financial problems. I particularly wish to thank David Marsden our new Director for steering us through this difficult period.
Enfield Clubhouse is a small Charity with currently four Board members who have so far successfully managed the project. However as a Management Committee, I am aware, that to ensure an appropriate standard of governance we need to increase our numbers to include people with a wider range of skills and experience. Efforts are being made to find new trustees, for example, David Marsden and I are attending the North London Chamber of Commerce business networking meetings, with the intention of recruiting trustees and prospective employers.
The role of management so far has been mainly to assist and support the staff in our struggle to survive, but now, with a more hopeful prospect in view we will begin to prepare a plan for the way forward.
During this year I was pleased to see members attending the monthly Board meeting. Although the meetings are open to all the members to attend I hope that eventually two members will formally join us on the Board as directors.
Our membership is near capacity for the two operational days, the following report will give details of the range of activities and achievements obtained over the year including our good fortune to acquire a grant for a Garden Project.
With members and staff working together the Clubhouse provides an alternative opportunity for people with mental health problems to regain their lives and if they wish, progress to work in the community. The Clubhouse is now making a valuable contribution to the Mental Health Services in Enfield.
Finally the Trustees and I wish to pay tribute to Debbie Curren a valued member of staff who unexpectedly died in August. Her contribution to the inception of the Clubhouse will always be remembered.
Vicki Stewart Acting Chair