Chair’s Annual Report (2017)

Dear friends, supporters and grant holders

As you may know the Craven Trust is run by a small group of trustees and a part time administrator, Rowena Garton. We are all closely involved in grant making, financial management, communications and all the aspects of running the Trust. We are proud of being a largely volunteer-led organisation, with excellent teamwork and an interesting range of skills, local knowledge and experience.

You will see from the Annual report 2016-17 that our grant-making continues at much the same level, with variations during each year depending on the number and suitability of applications. We are very keen to ensure that we cover the entire area of benefit and it’s important that – although it is called The Craven Trust – we also cover parts of Bradford District and therefore hugely varying communities and geography.

In addition we want to ensure that applications are compatible with our guidelines so if you are thinking of applying please check them carefully! If you have any suggestions about these guidelines or any other aspect of the process please let us know.  We now work with a number of agencies who refer individuals to the Trust on a regular basis. This protects the identity of applicants and security of the Trust.

We have maintained our financial stability and continue to look at ways of increasing our grant making “pots”. We want to work more closely with donors and friends, and will be sending out a short questionnaire to all those on our contact list. If you are not on it and would like to be, then please let Rowena know on enquiries@craventrust.org.uk or 07954 803327. Alternatively, if you do NOT want to be contacted by us it is important that you tell us.  Besides wanting to involve you more closely we must ensure that we are compliant with the new Data Protection laws – as must all charities and organisations! Watch this space…

We hope you like our improved website and, and for those lucky people who can see the Craven Herald you may have noticed the three articles about The Craven Trust which have been produced by Simon Robinson who joined us in September 2017 as part of our drive to get out there and tell people about our work. If you can help us to broadcast the Trust, then please get in touch, and soon we’ll be publishing our report for 2017-18.

Thanks again to all those who support the Trust in whatever way you do.

Caroline Schwaller MBE, Chair

Craven Trust Annual Report 2017 Outside

Craven Trust Annual Report 2017 Inside