Summary of Remap 2010 AGM
Held on Saturday 5th July 2014
Wellcome Collection, London
The Minutes of the meeting were adopted without dissent.
The accounts were presented by Andrew Waters as Treasurer and were adopted without dissent. Andrew explained that there was a deficit of circa 27k due in part to a drop in income from legacies and a reduction in panel and Head Office income. Expenditure from Head Office was in line with the previous year.
The Annual report for 2013/14 was presented by the CEO. Overall job numbers had fallen by 2% to 3552, however 35 panels increased activity and 5 panels increased their number by more than 50%. Cornwall grew numbers by more than 100%.
The re-appointment of Auker Hutton as the reviewing accountant was agreed without dissent.
|5 Opportunities and Challenges: Adam RoweThe CEO shared firstly with the audience the areas of challenge as he saw it, mainly concentrating on a shifting funding landscape and highlighted the need for all of Remap to fundraise as one with emphasis on how the challenge for core funding is increasing. Other challenges include the panel demographic, communication and changes to how the health service are structuring Occupational Therapy services and teams.
Opportunities included strong areas of good practice amongst panels, the recruitment of new trustees and new staff to support the panels, more focus on fundraising of trusts and foundations and the PR campaign to celebrate 50 years of Remap.
Adam highlighted the detail of the fundraising strategy and shared with panels the need for improving the data collected from the panels and the frequency of its collection.
Tony Shipley was re-elected without dissent
New Remapedia much improved, invitation to be issued to all members to give feedback.
Remapedia has tremendous potential but people must post projects asnd project loading must be as simple as possible, some members think it is too complicated.
Reg Nicholls, Great Yarmouth, argued that as no engineers being trained/recruited so Remap won’t exist as we know it. Adam explained new organisations must be approached such as Men in Sheds, the Maker movement and Hackspace. Members were urged to contact such groups
I Tanner, Peterborough, is still meeting OTs who haven’t heard of Remap and suggested panels should contact local colleges of OTs . Lynne Askham, Essex North East, tries to recruit new OTs this way. Marion Walsh, S Bucks, introduces junior OTs to Remap. New trustees with OT experience are being recruited to advise.
Q about trustees backgrounds, they all made presentations on who they were and their experience.
Alan Sutton, Derby, would like panel websites to be integrated asap please. PP and LB to start.
Comments made that the Remap profile needs to be higher – there is a PR campaign under way and ‘Saints and Sinners’ is due for autumn broadcast.
A comment that the Remap name and logo don’t mean anything and all publicity must say what we do.
A question was raised about the ease of taking money back from the centre, examples were given and Kent West commented they had been helped by the fund and had since repaid the funds given to build motorized bowling wheelchairs. John Cole, Norfolk West, asked if there were any spare wheel chair motors and was directed to the Kent West panel.
Ian Tanner, Peterborough, asked about drop in panel funds. He is confused by mixed messages about funding HO, especially in absence of being asked for money.
Can gift aid money back from HMRC be shown in accounts?
Is regional organisation money for regional meetings?
John Fox raised problem of legacies not matching in accounts.
Brian Weatherill, Basingstoke asked what is the FR target and what do we do with the funds? Adam replied the first ambition is to break even, then to spend.
Bruce Carr, N Herts, cautioned about the amount of information being asked for by HO as they don’t want more administration. Adam suggested the panels recruit volunteers to do administration, fundraising etc. Lynn Askham does this in Essex and other panels have taken on someone to do social media.
Data protection of client’s details would need to be checked if asking panels for them. Legislation to be checked.
It was suggested the Volunteer Co-ordinator role should be time limited, as agreed last year. Adam’s response – the role is planned to be permanent but will be reviewed annually against objectives and subject to ongoing funding.
Request was made for the banners etc to be widely available.
A comment was made that Remap should make it clear mit is a charity on the posters, and banners, a review was promised.
A comment was made concerning the age categories of clients, the NHS uses 0-19 as category, not 0-18, review promised.