On behalf of the trustees, I am pleased to present the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2017. The full accounts are available on the Charity Commission website.
This time last year we had just celebrated the Craven Trust’s 21st birthday, and since then we have been making progress in a number of ways.
Governance, finance and operations news:
The financial position and grant making figures have remained constant, we have transferred our portfolio to Brewin Dolphin, and we are in the process of raising our profile as promised, and working more closely with friends and donors. I regret that we have not yet met with friends as promised, to find out more about how you could be involved in the organisation and how we can work together to promote the Trust’s work, so next year we will make a concerted effort to do just that.
We welcomed two new trustees in the last 15 months: Robert Templar and Simon Robinson, both of whom bring fresh skills and energy to the trust. Robert has taken over as Treasurer, replacing Karen Leaver who has moved further afield.
We also said goodbye and many thanks to Mary Hamilton who looked after us so ably, and who is replaced by Rowena Garton in a seamless transition in March.
Simon Robinson has initiated monthly articles in the Craven Herald to promote our work more regularly and widely, and we aim to extend this to other local press and by other means. The website has been refreshed, we have revised our application forms, and there are plans to build a more comprehensive picture of our area of benefit and encourage a wider range of applications throughout the patch.
Increasing our capacity to give local money to local needs:
We are sure that by gathering more data, improving our profile, being more interactive with friends and donors, and working in partnership with other grant making bodies that we can increase our grant making capabilities. We have a lot of important local knowledge at our finger tips, but there is always more, along with encouraging people to make donations or regular contributions.
Your support for the Trust is uplifting and important – every little bit helps and we are very grateful, so please help us to fill the gaps in our knowledge, and increase our ability to give grants. All the trustees are fully engaged in the work of the Trust and it is rewarding to know that these small grants make such a difference to individuals and local communities.
Sincere thanks, as always, to everyone who has/does/will help the Craven Trust to go on giving.