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HIGH PEAK CVS RETURN TO IN-PERSON ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

High Peak CVS celebrated their 20-year anniversary in the best way possible – with plenty of home-made cakes and the High Peak community.

On Wednesday 9th November at Holy Trinity Church in Whaley Bridge, representatives of local community and voluntary groups, statutory services, and individuals from the local community, both new and old faces, were welcomed at the church. It has been three years since the AGM was done in person due to the Covid pandemic, so a full house was a very refreshing sight.

Groups from around the High Peak heard from the Chair of Trustees Karen Rigg opening the meeting with the history of High Peak CVS and its impact over the last two decades.

Left: Chair of Trustees, Karen Rigg and Treasurer and Trustee, Martin Thomas

The attendees then heard from CEO James Bromley talking them through the printed annual report whilst emphasising just how much has happened since the unprecedented worldwide pandemic, and the incredible response of the local voluntary sector.

Right: Chair of Trustees, Karen Rigg and CEO James Bromley.

Following a break for coffee, cake, and networking amongst the groups, Social Prescribing manager Jess McFall was finally able to introduce Social Prescribing in person, after spending two and a half years since it’s birth battling numerous lockdowns and restrictions. The talk was very well received as many of the attending groups know all too well the need for support around Mental Health and Wellbeing, especially heightened by Covid and the cost-of-living crisis.

Above: Karen Rigg cuts the 3 tier cake made by our Social Prescriber Nicky.

Above: Coffee Break and Networking

Above: Part of the Social Prescribing Team; Nicky, Jess, Sam and Liz.

It then became the time for Group Development officers Deb Boden and Clare Batchelor to announce the winners for the Crompton & Woodcock award, an opportunity to celebrate some of the achievements of local groups and organisations over the last 12 months. There were 18 well deserved nominees that the panel had the difficult decision to decide from, but Townend Community Garden came out first, taking home the prestigious award and a £100 cheque. Buxton Talking Newspaper were runners up with Helen Atkin Riding for the Disabled taking third.

Winners: Group Development Officers Clare and Deb. along with Karen Rigg, present Mary Craner from Townend Community Garden with the prestigious award.

Runners Up: Buxton Talking Newspaper with Group Development Officer Clare.

Third Place: Helen Atkin Riding for the Disabled certificate presented by Group Development Officer Clare and Karen Rigg.

The whole event was described as “the best AGM ever” by one of the attendees, with CEO James Bromley highlighting its success.

“It was brilliant to get everyone together. We have received some really positive feedback. A lot of work went in behind the scenes, especially after our last two were online, but it was worth it for the fantastic turn out. We are really proud looking back on the last 18 months and all the work that had been done and the AGM was a fantastic showcase for this. We are incredibly lucky to have a vibrant and passionate voluntary and community sector in the High Peak and the primary role of High Peak CVS is to empower, support and celebrate those that work so hard to help others”.

 “On behalf of everyone at High Peak CVS, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all those groups nominated for the Crompton Woodcock Award and a massive thank you to every single volunteer, group, organisation and anyone else that supports their local community. You are all stars”.

There are vacancies on the Board of Directors; if you are interested in representing members on the Board, please contact James Bromley, High Peak CVS Chief Executive Officer via email at: james@highpeakcvs.org.uk.

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