Dalton Community Association Chairmans Report



This annual Report 2017/18 report reflects the development of this last financial year and the vision for the next few years
of this Community facility based in Nelson Street, Dalton in Furness.
As I have stated in previous years, much has been achieved and the centre continues to offer many, a base for community activity.
We continue to be solvent as can be seen on the Charity Commission website.
We raise all our funds locally through rent, donations and grants. We do not receive local council regular revenue grants
all monies raised is through our own endeavours.
Much is achieved through voluntary help, both practically and through the management of the association through the Trustees
contribution in the governance of the association.
We employ just three part time members of staff allthree are integral to the ambiance and efficient running of the building
and the Association.

The centre still boasts users of between 4,000 and 5,000 people using the centre a month.
Established groups such as the Police, Army Cadet, Dance Tazia and the Library service continue to use the centre as their base.
40/50 different groups and associations use the centre regularly.
Significant Events this year
Following the success of a Royal visit and an award from the Association of Community and Town Councils (ACT) in Cumbria,
this year we have continued to receive accolades for our achievement and the hard work of our volunteers.
The presentation of the Queens Award (MBE for voluntary organisations) was presented to us by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Cumbria
Mrs. Claire Hensman, together with a citation and a certificate signed by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth the Second.
This was a proud moment for all the volunteers particularly the contribution of labour from Furness Rotary Club and
many other individuals who give of their time freely for the benefit of the community.
We have had had ‘air time’ granted by Cando Radio, Heart Radio and BBC Radio Cumbria highlighting certain aspects or projects
taking place at the centre. The local press has also been active in sharing our achievements.
Our web site and Facebook are well used and anyone looking at our calendar on the website cannot but be amazed at the
number of activities taking place this year and into the foreseeable future.

Vision, Achievements and Plans
Ten years ago, we started with a Building plan following the comprehensive feasibility study, ensuring all was possible and flexible enough.
One where we could raise funds for parts of the plan without too much disruption to existing users and specific enough to attract grants
from various funding sources. Recently we secure enough money for the installation of Solar Panels thanks to High Winds and Bay Winds trusts.
In addition, we had the building measured to indicate and gain an adequate Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessment.
With the average being a, D we were pleased to be granted a, C rating. This will save the Association roughly £1200 per year
and of course reduce our CO2 emissions. Thanks to a donation from our installation engineer he has installed a visual display so
that all can see what is being produced and how much we are saving on CO2 emissions. We are in the process of creating more storage space as demands from groups expand.
These building alterations are on going and we are nearing the completion of these plans which will ease on the congestion of storage space.

New policies are being reviewed continually although this year we have concentrated on Fire regulations and fire risk assessments.
Some fittings required remedial work and replacement of some fire alarms as well as batteries for the emergency lighting.
We have purchased new chairs courtesy of Barrow Round Table club. We continue to adjust and consider cleaning of this large
with the pressure now culminating in a need to clean Friday Saturday and Sundays because of the increase in use of the centre
Through a small micro grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we have researched, with the help of the History Department of
Dowdales Secondary School pupils and Staff the history of the Centre (Formerly Dalton Drill Hall).
This has been a worthwhile and interesting partnership. The research has been depicted by a mural with a time line from the
date of opening in 1928 until the present day. A further application has been submitted to HLF which if successful will build upon
the success of the initial project. It is anticipated that a book will be produced, a specific interactive web site will be produced,
a mobile exhibition will be created and with the help in addition to the pupils from the history Department a Drama will be produced
involving young people from the Drama Department. Performances will take place at the centre and in school as well as ‘old people homes’
and church/interested groups.

The People Projects managed by the Big Lottery and ITV Granada have invited the Association to apply for up to £50K to aid the Centre.
Our application ‘Dalton WISHES’ will focus on activities that involve Wellbeing Inclusion, Social Isolation and Mobility, Health,
Exclusion and Self-esteem.

Summary Having achieved so much over a ten-year period I and the Trustees wish to consolidate our achievements and build up a
further reservoir of volunteers. We wish to increase our social media impact offering opportunities to a wider audience.
We wish to continue positive aspects of the work we carry out, but we need to consider further opportunities and activities
that some in the community are not yet aware of. Through evaluation and monitoring processes we will be able to meet further the
needs of the community.

Present Users
• Army Cadets
• Dance group (Dance Tazia)
• Dalton Horticultural Society
• Cumbria County Council Library service 9am 7pm Monday – Friday
• Various reading groups and activities for different ages
• Cumbria Police - permanent office space with 24hour access with some facilities to meet their needs
• Private birthday/party events for local residents
• Youth provision – needs invigorating
• East wing recently a playgroup area now multi use for various groups
• Spiritualist and healing group
• University of the third Age (U3A)
• Baby Massage and Baby Yoga
• Baby, toddler and pre-schooler music and rhythm time
• Dalton Creatives (various activities)
• Dalton Literary Festival
• Film Club every month
• Coffee mornings for various help groups and for networking
• Age UK Games and lunch club (New partnership group)
• Age UK Chair exercise and lunch club (New partnership group)
• Help groups Cancer, dementia and heath and well being
• The local health partnerships networking and coffee get together
• Special needs education one-to-one work
• Lace makers
• Political group meetings
• Library activity days – reading, film and activities
• Mental Help special needs groups
• Various community groups on an ad Hoc basis
• Public meetings
• Craft fairs and advice fairs
• Hearing aid workshop and one to one help

Fundraising
Below is an indication of the amount of money raised with a resume of some of the processes involved.
1. £550,000 raised so far
2. At least 140 applications
3. At least 50/60 refusals
4. Amounts varying from £50 to £35,000
5. Need often, to have matched funding for some grant application.
6. Value of good will from the community and volunteers is immeasurable 7. Professional and legal fees, building and fire regulations costs were significant but often not eligible for grant aid.
8. VAT payments £100,000 even though we are a Charity still must pay the VAT for materials and labour costs.
9. Estimated value of the building and site £375K

Conclusion
We continue to make sure this facility is available and up to a standard required for a functional community facility.
We employ a part time development officer/manager, to market and promote further use and to support present users.
We employ a volunteer coordinator for ten hours a week to build upon our use of volunteers and we employ a cleaner/key holder for 15 hours a week

Barry Doughty
Chairman Dalton Community Association