Trustee meeting in February

Our meeting started with Ceri, our Chair, paying tribute to Sally, our CEO, in recognition of her ten years of service with our organisation (and CVSF previously). We gave her our sincere thanks, and a huge bunch of flowers!

Trustees discussed our funding situation and the delay to confirming how much of a cut will be made to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Third Sector Investment budget. We may receive a cut of 18% to our funding which enables infrastructure support, community development and community engagement activity in Brighton and Hove to happen. The extent of the cut will be decided at a Council meeting on 23 February. The uncertainty affects not only our organisation, but many of the voluntary and community organisations we support.

As a result of the uncertainty, trustees were unable to set a final budget for the next financial year or undertake significant planning for the year ahead – something that many other organisations will also be unable to do, until the extent of cuts to local government spending is confirmed.

Trustees discussed our work in Adur and Worthing. Our services and support there is taking shape nicely, and we’re delighted to have supported 83 groups and organisations in the area so far, and that eight have already joined us as members. We look forward to welcoming more.

Trustees also discussed the noise and disruption caused by building work taking place in our Brighton office in Community Base. It is hoped that this work will be completed by May.

We’ll be holding our annual away day for trustees and staff at the end of April when we hope that our funding situation in Brighton and Hove will be clearer, and we’ll be able to do some planning for the year ahead.

Written by Ann Hickey

 

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