On Monday October 29 the New Forest Disability Information Service held their Annual Public Meeting and the Future of NFDIS at the Leonard Cheshire Centre in New Milton.
Andrew Hayward-Wills opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to what he hoped would show a positive future for the New Forest Disability Information Service after what has certainly been a very difficult year.
The Membership voted in Andrew Hayward-Hills as
Chairman; there being no nominations for Treasurer or Secretary, Andrew agreed
to use his business acumen to oversee the finances until such a time as a
Treasurer can be found. Trustee Barbara
Keeling stayed on the Board and was joined by Janet Allen, Molly Deaton and
Michael Lanning who were voted in as Trustees.
A report upon finances was presented by Ms
Mandy Robbins from accountants PrinceCroft Willis who’s services it was agreed
to continue using for the future year.
Despite huge financial worries brought about by a lack of available
grants to apply for and by not managing to secure a Big Lottery grant, the
charity had remained open. All paid
staff were made redundant in July 2006, but most had remained at their desks on
a voluntary basis and with the other volunteers had successfully helped approx
1,000 clients with over 1,800 enquiries and secured some £376,371 in new
benefit awards for the clients. A huge
vote of thanks was offered to all the volunteers for all their hard work and
dedication to the charity’s cause.
Cathy Gogan and Jacki Keable spoke positively
about the future for the Service with a determined drive towards at least
partial self funding with training and consultation work being expanded, sales
of bric-a-brac and books from the
popular NFDIS Lottery that raises funds
each month was explained as just £1 a month played by those
assembled would pay
the photocopying bill every month, and people were urged to get their
and neighbours to join so that the telephone helpline bills could also
be funded. A craft fair had just brought in around £300
and more events are planned including a concert and a fashion
show. An open day is scheduled for January as more
volunteers are required to train as advisors, receptionists, in shop
in administrative roles, anyone interested in getting involved with the
please do contact either Cathy or
Jacki on 01425 623485.
A wonderful boost has been received by the New Forest Disability Information Service who have been awarded a £5,000 grant by the Henry Smith Charity to support the work that this charity provides to all its clients. Huge thank you also goes to Hordle Parish Council who have generously awarded a grant of £60, which is truly appreciated, towards supporting clients in the parish of Hordle. Such grants have made all the difference to the charity that has gone through a very lean patch but is pleased to report that it is very much ‘open for business’!
The range of new and slightly used disability equipment for sale has been extended and the display area has been extended and if there is something that is required that we do not have in stock we can usually order it in. Do drop in and have a browse, we may have very small premises but there is a lot in there!
The New Forest Disability Information Service has received support from the Co-operative Group Community Fund Scheme with a grant of £750 to help with office costs. This will go towards running the telephones, photocopying, printing costs, travelling expenses and producing information sheets for the many clients that contact the Service every week. All the volunteers with NFDIS send a huge thank you to the Co-operative Group for this much needed boost to funds.
The New Forest Disability Information Service gives
free, impartial, confidential disability related information and advice freely
to anyone and covers the
Donations of good second hand items or books may be dropped off at 6 Osborne Road, New Milton Office or you are invited to support by joining the NFDIS Lottery – for just £1 per number per month players have the chance to win cash prizes and also ensure that this much needed charity maintains its level of support that is so freely given to some 1,000 clients a year.
The range of new and slightly used disability equipment for sale has been extended by popular demand, and now includes a GoGo battery scooter for the hard to beat price of just £995! This display area has also been revamped and if there is something that is required that we do not have in stock we can usually order it in. Do drop in and have a browse, we may have very small premises but there is a lot in there!
Our next event is a Craft Fair at St Thomas Hall, Lymington on Saturday 27 October, lots of local craft people will be attending with the opportunity to buy a tantalising array of high quality gifts. The door donations and revenue from a selection of homemade refreshments will support the work of this charity.
The NFDIS is also seeking to recruit volunteers who would like to help with fundraising, office/sales duties or to train to give disability related information and advice either face to face or over the telephone helpline. Anyone interested should contact Cathy Gogan or Jacki Keable on 01425 623485 or e-mail email@example.com or check out the website at: www.newforestdis.org.uk
The New Forest
Disability Information Service has received local support from customers at
Our next event is at the New Forest District Council ACCESS Day on Saturday 15 September 10am-3pm at Appltree Court where we hope to see and advise a large number of people about the work of the NFDIS and what we can do for them.
Disappointment for the
May we ask for the publics support at this difficult time? Could you please help this charity by making a donation or are you a company that would like to access our specialist training packages, or could you consider the NFDIS for sponsorship? Please support our table sale every Wednesday morning outside the office in