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Steven Tait elected Chairman

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Steven Tait has been elected Chairman of the Firthmoor & District Community Association at the Charity's Annual Meeting today.

Steven 32 has served as Treasurer of the charity for the last three years and has been a resident of Firthmoor all his life.

​​​Speaking to members Steven sto aid 'I'm delighted to have been elected as Chairman I will do all I can to improve and enhance our Charity, I want to continue to deliver value for our local community, it's always important to remember that we don't receive funding from any sources other than revenue we generate from our own charitable operations.  Our employees are key and play a vital role in driving our success which is reflective in our revenues.

We need to continue to invest in our charity and also continue to provide first class events for our local community, I'm confident that with our sound financial planning we will be able to continue to deliver the much needed community engagement that our community expects and deserves'      

Steven will chair his first meeting of the Trustees on 20th October 2016.

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Kevin to step down as Chairman after eight years in office​


 

10th October 2016 - 4:30PM

The Chairman of the Firthmoor & District Community Association Kevin Nicholson has announced today that he will step down after eight years in office.

The formal notice will be given to members at our Annual General Meeting this Wednesday.

In a statement Kevin said ‘I have this morning informed members and trustees of my intention to step down as the Chairman of the Firthmoor & District Community Association at our Annual General Meeting this Wednesday.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in transforming our charity over the last eight years; it's been a testing but worthwhile journey. When I look back at what we were, where we were headed, I can't help but feel immensely proud of what we have achieved together.

We do more now for our community than we have ever done, events such as Firthmoor LIVE ensure that we lead the way when it comes to providing community activities. I'm confident that we now have the people, processes and systems in place to ensure that our charity is set up to succeed both now and in the future.

 
It's been a huge privilege to lead such a passionate, dedicated and loyal team, without them none of this would have been possible’.

Chief Officer Glenis Harrison said ‘We have come such a long way as a charity, there have been times when I never thought we would ever get to this point.  I commend Kevin for his dedicated voluntary service to our community over the last eight years, he has been an inspirational leader, not only me but to whole leadership team, the knowledge he has shared with myself, the managers and above all the Trustees will be a testament to his time with us’

Charity Treasurer Steven Tait said ‘I would personally like to thank Kevin for the support he has given me in the three years that I have been part of the leadership team. I truly believe that without his leadership and vision the charity could be in a very different position today and he should be immensely proud of his efforts and achievements. It certainly hasn’t been easy at times’ ​

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NEWS RELEASE- 8th April 2016- 1pm 

I'm pleased to share some important news with you this afternoon – the Board of Trustees of Firthmoor & District Community Association have approved our charities budget for 2016/17, and I'm delighted to attach a copy for you to review.

The attached budget has been compiled with advice from our management team and board members, taking into account our past performance and our aspirations for the future.  

As a charity we want to continue to deliver value for our local community, it's always important to remember that we don't receive funding from any sources other than revenue we generate from our own charitable operations.  Our employees are key and play an important part in driving our success which is reflective in our revenues.

Although in 2015/16 we exceeded our performance targets it's vitally important to recognise that we have some significant challenges, both operationally and strategically, particularly in relation to the introduction of the National Living Wage against no increase in government funded childcare places.

We need to continue to invest in our projects and also continue to provide first class events for our local community, I'm confident that with our sound financial planning we will be able to continue to deliver the much needed community engagement our community expects.     

Trustees recently approved changes to our governance and finance policy which will enable us to better manage and predict income streams, giving managers the scope to invest and forward plan.

The only way we can succeed is by working together, taking ownership and treating every pound as our own.   

Regards, ​

Steven Tait | Treasurer 

View Budget Here: FDCA Budget 2016-17.pdf


 

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We're Officially Good..

NEWS RELEASE- 29th May 2015- 1pm

We are delighted to announce that our Nursery has been officially rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

Maidendale Nursery based in Firthmoor Community Centre is one of Darlington's largest day care nurseries. As part of Firthmoor & District Community Association's plan to champion and improve valuable services for local people and we are delighted that we are able to celebrate this milestone in our journey.

The Nursery Manager of Maidendale Nursery, Rachael Lowes said 'We are over the moon with the result, we have a hard working team who are passionate about young people and our local area, the aim now is for us to achieve outstanding, which I'm certain we can achieve in the near future'.  

The Chairman of Firthmoor & District Community Association, Kevin Nicholson said 'I am delighted that we have achieved this rating, our nursery has a really dedicated and committed team who are keen to ensure that our good standards are maintained and improved'.

Summary of key findings for parents from the official report:

The provision is good because:

  • This is a happy and nurturing environment in which children thrive. Good relationships with staff and the high level of care make sure that children feel safe and secure.

  • The motivated staff team provide a wide variety of stimulating activities and good quality teaching in a vibrant learning environment. Because of this, all children make good progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points.

  • Partnerships with parents are strong. Parents are successfully involved in their children's learning and they are kept fully informed of their ongoing achievements.

  • The nursery is well led by the qualified, experienced and highly-motivated management team. They ensure robust recruitment, vetting procedures are in place. These help to ensure that adults working with children are suitable to do so and committed to providing good quality care.
  • Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported through effective partnership work with parents and relevant professionals.
  • A comprehensive self-evaluation is undertaken on a frequent basis with the views of parents, staff and children taken into account. This ensures continuous improvement.
  • Children are well safeguarded. Staff have a good understanding of their responsibilities for child protection and are confident in this role. Risk assessments ensure that  any potential dangers to children are minimised.