We are planing to hold our next AGM on Wednesday, May 15th at Swaffham Community Centre.
You can find the Centre just past the library on The Camping Ground, Swaffham, PE37 7RB. The cafe will be open for great refreshments served by the Iceni Partnership staff.
From 2.00pm to 5.00pm we are featuring displays of our current projects, including Marham Voices, our Heritage Lottery funded oral history activity. You can also talk to us about the start of our new project, Enterprise Arts, designed to deliver a new gallery and arts space, teaching space and community ICT service from a new building in the town.
We would be delighted to see anyone who wished to volunteer to support our projects, or who might be happy to consider joining the SEC board. Our AGM formally starts at 5.00pm on the 15th.
Sandringham Enterprise is delighted to have been generously awarded a substantial sum of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund – with the generous support of Cambridge University and its Cambridge Community Heritage team – to undertake an oral history and historic record project for Marham and its surrounding area.
Marham Voices project will last about a year and we will create a web based oral archive of people’s stories about our area, as well as producing a history of the community, concentrating on the changes in our landscape across the 19th and 20th Centuries.
We will, in the coming Spring of 2013, be holding open public events to encourage you to tell your story and get involved in our project. Our volunteers, trained in the collection of oral history, will be able to support you through the process.
When we receive permission from our generous funder, the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be building out and launching a Marham Voices web site – here you will find all the details about the project, how to join in and the programme of activities we’ll plan with you.
A number of members of the SEC team attended and sponsored, from their own resources, a race at the recent Oxborough Village Race Evening.
The funds from the night were being raised for the Fabric Fund of St. John’s Church in Oxborough.
It was a lively evening and the event contributed over £700 to the Fabric Fund. The Chair of SEC officiated at the microphone and there were some stunning Victorian moustaches and bowler hats in evidence from the village organising committee, much to the delight of the audience.
(None of the SEC team horses won by the way, so we all went home much lighter in the pocket…but it was great fun).
St. John’s Church image: Creative Commons licence – John Salmon
After working closely with the Charity Commission our board has now achieved charitable status for the Sandringham Enterprise Centre (SEC).
This important development means that we can begin the work of raising money to develop services in our Centre, to work with individuals and groups to raise funds for their projects and develop a sustainable social enterprise model for delivery of the work of the Centre.
Our objects as a charity are given below…
To further or benefit the residents of Marham and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.
In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees shall have power:
To establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in furtherance of the above objects.
What does all this mean?
As volunteers, using our energy and commitment, this means that we will work together to develop our Centre, bringing forward new things, but keeping and supporting existing groups and services too.
As your local charity – supporting each other in difficult times and creating as many broad smiles as possible whenever we can.
The Charity Commission have just launched details of Trustee Week for 2011 (31st October to 6th November 2011).
Who are they, what do they do…can I become one? The week is designed to raise awareness of trusteeship. As a charity beneficiary or partner organisation you are encouraged, supported and considered by charity trustees.
Trustees’ Week 2011 will celebrate the fantastic work of existing trustees and aim to increase awareness and understanding of the trustee role. Part of the campaign will encourage existing trustees to send photos and video clips of themselves and their boards to be posted on the Trustees’ Week website saying why they became a trustee and what they enjoy about it.
There are over 180,000 charities in England and Wales, with over 850,000 people acting as trustees.
They represent an enormous social resource, working for the benefit of others, for the public benefit.
Interestingly, the average age of trustees is 57 years, with only 0.5% of all trustees aged between 18 and 24.
Come on boards of governance, if you have a vacancy why not recruit someone under thirty? Energy, skills and commitment carry no age barrier in the charitable sector!
BT have just launched MyDonate, a new service which will enable charities to more efficiently collect donations.
Online giving is not new, but the difference is that BT will, at the moment, make no charge for its service, with the giver only paying the card charges for his or her transfer to the charity. (BT says absorbing the cost of the scheme is part of its existing commitment to charitable support).
This new service is designed for registered UK charities and BT has collaborated with major charities in the UK, such as Cancer Research and the NSPCC to develop its offer.
This scheme compares favourably with JustGiving for example. This popular online service for charities charges the charity £15 a month and take 5% of your money in administration charges. The BT scheme means that all your donation goes to the charity.
If your charity has another online service for donations we think this new scheme from BT is worthy of your attention.
Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited, our Charitable Company, specifically formed to manage the Sandringham Centre, develop support and training for our local voluntary groups and encourage the start up of community business – is looking for someone to act as our Hon. Secretary.
The volunteer role is interesting and varied, supporting and developing our social business systems, helping the main board and developing training opportunities for both the board and volunteers.
You will have the chance to help create some unique chances for volunteering, services and employment in our community.
As a family friendly, learning organisation you’ll be able to develop your experience and skills in charity governance and enterprise creation too.