Church Centre report

Church Centre Report 2016

St Andrew’s Church Centre, now in its 15th year of operation, aims to provide a supportive and relevant service to our local community. We have been pleased to welcome new clients: Hammersmith & Fulham Mind, Living Well, NHS England, NHS – Hounslow Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Prevent research team, Rethink Mental Illness, Rupa Huq MP, The language Team and Thornbury Nursing. We are actively seeking new clients to fill gaps in the bookings for the Johnston Memorial Hall, caused by the departure of Gymboree.

A number of our friends have been with us throughout 14 years: 3C, Backcare, British Red Cross, Dildar Tae Kwon Do, Ealing National Trust, Fostering & Adoption, Himalayan Yoga, Relate, Roy Matthews Art Class, Pisces Players and Post Adoption Surgery.

The year ended 30th June 2016 closed an operating surplus of £39,061 before depreciation of £1,820 and subvention to St Andrew’s URC of £25,500. The final result being a surplus of £12,241. Income was slightly higher than in 2015. Expenditure was down by around £2000. We are satisfied that the financial position of the charity will enable us to meet its commitments.

I am grateful to the full time staff of the Centre led by Maureen Vincent, who has complete her eleventh year with the Centre! She has been assisted throughout the year by Natasha Tandoh and a large team of front of house receptionists. They deal with a great variety of characters and situations – and an awful lot of repairs and building work! The Centre has greatly benefited from the installation of wheelchair access, thanks to the legacy funding of Mrs Louisa Dover.

Reception

Over the years the Centre has been blessed by the involvement of many people in supporting our mission. I am grateful to the members of the Trust: Rob Mcleod, Marion McNeill (Chair of Church Management), John Mitchell and especially to Ron Kingham for his work on the accounts throughout the year. The Trust has been joined this year by Joe Nortey and Alastair Cox and we were delighted to welcome also our new Minister Rev. Sue McCoan after a 3 year ‘vacancy’.

We are grateful too, to those who participate in the work of the committee, including Marion Green and to John Jackson who has led our very energetic work parties.

I’d like to mark the special contribution made to the life of the Centre by Tony Thomas, who was a key mover from the very beginning and is much missed in his retirement.

The Board of Trustees, which meets twice a year, has reviewed the work of the Centre against its stated purposes and found that the Centre’s activities are in line with the original remit and mission.

On behalf of the Trust I thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the Church Centre over the past year and we look forward to what we can achieve in 2017.
Peter Knowles
Chairman – Church Centre Trust & Centre Management Committee