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ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS

 

 

Trustees' Annual Report for the period:
01/08/2020 to 31/07/2021

 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

 

 

 

Reference and administration details

 

 

 

 

Charity name

 

Dumfries & Galloway ME and Fibromyalgia Network
Other names charity is known by DGMEFM Network
Registered charity number SC030641
Charity's principal address Thistledew
Albert Street
Dalbeattie
DG5 4JP

Names of the charity trustees on date of approval of Trustees' Annual Report

 

Trustee name Office (if any) Dates acted if not for whole year Name of person (or body) entitled to appoint trustee (if any)
1 Craig Woods Chairman
2 Paul Thompson Treasurer
3 Nancy Wilson
4 Annemarie Shreenan From 15th October 2020
5 Eileen Longworth   From 15th October 2020
6 Cornelia Schrijver From 15th October 2020
7
Diane Bond From 15th October 2020

Names of all other charity trustees during the period, if any, (for example, those who resigned part way through the financial period)

 

Name Dates acted if not for whole year
Lesley Grieve (Secretary) until 24th January 2021
John Bell until 2nd March 2021

 

 

 

Structure, governance and management

 

 

 

 

Type of governing document

 

The Network is a charitable unincorporated association and the purpose and administration arrangements are set out in our constitution.
 

Trustee recruitment and appointment

 

The Network trustees are appointed by the members at our Annual General Meeting.

 

 

 

Objectives and activities

 

 

 

 

Charitable purposes

 

To support the needs of people in Dumfries & Galloway who suffer with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Fibromyalgia (FM) & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
 

Summary of the main activities in relation to these objects

 

 

  • Raise awareness of the issues surrounding these illnesses.
  • Offer support to any person suffering with any of these illnesses or any matter concerning them.
  • Facilitate a mutual support network.
  • Enable access to transport, shops, public buildings, education and any other public facility for any person suffering with any of these illnesses.
  • Act as a central point for representative consultation between people with these illnesses and other agencies, including Dumfries & Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries & Galloway.
  • Gather and provide information about all aspects of these illnesses.

 

 

 

Achievements and performance

 

 

 

Summary of the main achievements of the charity during the financial period:
Membership

  • 38 (nett) new members of Facebook group. Total 342 at 31st July. Nett increase of 12.5%
  • Total 358 full members at 31st July (excluding Facebook only) – nett increase of 14 or 4%.

Support to members

  • Facebook – mutual support between members and from the committee for group members. Facebook group for non-illness related chat. Facebook craft group for members to share and encourage each other in their creativity.
  • Website info continues to expand with the informative monthly blog
  • Postal/email Newsletters x2
  • Weekly Zoom meetings for 11 months of the year (in place of physical meetings), dropping to fortnightly recently.
  • Guests included: Action For ME; Finlay Carson MSP; ME Action – Janet Sylvester; Rose Wands Physiotherapist;
  • Topics included: Energy Efficiency from Home Energy Scotland; Benefits Advice from Citizens Advice Service; Long Covid Discussion:
  • Training Provided: Self Advocacy Training with Action for ME; Anti-Poverty Support with DAGCAS; Dr Nina Muirhead’s CPD Training Module;
  • Support to individuals in phone calls and messages
  • A lending library service of ME/FM books for loan to members
  • A 4-month craft project delivered online with kits sent out to members allowing craft-along sessions.

NHS liaison

  • Consultations included:
  • Promoting Dr Nina Muirhead’s CPD Module on CFS/ME to health and care professionals.
  • Ruth Griffith – Draft Strategic Commissioning Plan
  • Michelle Macaulay – Wigtownshire Health and Wellbeing Team
  • Maureen Stevenson – NHS Quality Strategy Development
  • Liz Forsyth – NHS Strategic Planning Manager

Promoting the Network more widely in the region

  • Using the covid publicity to spread word of our Network
  • Jointly produced a Long-Covid booklet with the ME Association and distributed it throughout the NHS and third sector organisations within the region

Funding

  • Applied and awarded a grant from Robertson Trust ‘Wee Grant’
  • Collaborated with a fund-finder (Sleeping Giants) to win funding from Foundation Scotland for covid response, recovery, resilience, which allowed us to appoint a development support worker
  • Funding from Alliance for building policy handbook, strategic plan plus feasibility study for a potential mentoring/befriending project
  • Lottery Community Fund which allows us to build on work started by the Foundation Scotland funding over the coming year
  • NHS Endowment Trust which will mainly allow us to produce and distribute newsletters and restart in-person meetings

Re-organisation and sustainability

  • Bought in the services of a Development and Admin worker; and commissioned work for a 3 year strategic plan.

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

 

 

Brief statement of the charity's policy on reserves The Network had unrestricted reserves of £7,162 as at 31st July 2021. The Network had restricted reserves of £18,137 as at 31st July 2021.

This level of reserves should allow the Network to continue its charitable activities for a further 12 months and allow for any fall in income.

 

Details of any deficit

 

 N/A
Donated facilities and services (if any) N/A

 

 

 

Other Information

 

 

 

 None

 

 

 

Declaration

 

The trustees declare that they have approved the trustees' report above.

Signed on behalf of the charity's trustees

 

Signature(s)
Full name(s) Craig Alun Woods
Position (e.g. Chair) Chairman
Date 25/08/2021

Dumfries & Galloway ME and Fibromyalgia Network
Scottish Charity Number SC030641

Receipts and Payments Account for the year ended 31st July 2021

 

Unrestricted Funds
(£)
Restricted Funds
(£)
Total 2021
(£)
Total
2020
(£)
Receipts
Donations
Fundraising
Grants - Robertson Trust
- Foundation Scotland
- Lottery Community Fund
- Alliance Scotland
- NHS Endowment Trust
Gift Aid
Bank Interest
Other
1482
186
1000
0
0
0
0
226
0
0
0
0
0
4620
9961
5000
2478
0
0
0
1482
186
1000
4620
9961
5000
2478
226
0
0
1182
84
1000
0
0
0
0
191
0
0
Total Receipts 2,894 22,059 24,953 2,457

Payments
Cost of fundraising: 8 0 0 4
Total Cost of fundraising 8 0 8 4
Payment for charitable activities:
Postage
Stationary and printing
Travel Expenses/Subs
Room hire/Catering; Zoom
IT
Publicity
Sundry
Self-employed contractors
Craft Workshops
Training
214
195
0
24
60
0
23
355
0
0
369
140
0
120
0
445
0
2048
800
0
583
335
0
144
60
445
23
2403
800
0
742
275
177
133
60
262
15
0
0
0
Total Payments for charitable activities 871 3922 4793 1,664
Governance costs:
Preparation of annual accounts and IE
Advertising of AGM
30
0
0
0
30
0
30
0
Total Governance costs 30 0 30 30
Total Payments 909 3,922 4831 1698
Surplus / (deficit) for year before transfers
Transfers between funds
1985
0
18137
0
20122
0
759
0
Surplus / (deficit) for year 1,985 18,137 20,122 759

Dumfries and Galloway ME Network
Scottish Charity Number SC030641

Statement of Balances as at 31st July 20121

 

2021(£) 2020(£)
Bank and cash in hand
Opening balance
Surplus / (deficit) for year
5,177
20,122
4,418
759
Closing balance 25,299 5,177
Reserves
Unrestricted funds
Restricted funds
7,162
18,137
5,177
0
Closing balances 25,299 5,177
Other Assets (Unrestricted Fund)
Computer equipment (Printer) 62 62

Approved by the Trustees and signed on their behalf

Paul Thompson (Treasurer)
Date: 25th August 2021

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