X by X AGM Update Report
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X by X were delighted to celebrate our AGM on 30 June 2017 at the Civic Centre in Bromley. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a good turnout. With information stalls from Bromley Mencap, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Bromley and Lewisham Mind, POhWER and Vibrance. The meeting was chaired by Barry McDonald and a special thank you to our keynote speakers, Jean Lambert London’s Green Party MEP for attending.
AGM business, Barry McDonald presented the X by X annual report 2017. X by X has been a Community Interest Company since set up in March 2011. This AGM witnessed some big changes, with Barry McDonald stepping down as chair after six years in this role and a new chair George Hanna was voted in with a unanimous vote. He gave a brief speech thanking Barry and staff. Saying he looks forward to driving X by X to future success. We are pleased to welcome George into his new role and Barry is still on hand to support George while he gets used to the ropes.
Justine Godbeer and Richard Hemsley also stepped down from the Board of Directors. Tanya Smith (Vice Chair) gave a heart-warming speech; thanking Barry and Justine for all they have done and gave out gifts. Barry received an engraved glass beer mug with ‘Chair of X by X 2011 – 2017’ and a large bottle of beer and Justine received chocolates and a candle. Barry gave a speech thanking the Board and all the support he had in his chairing role. Justine commented Barry for what a brilliant job Barry had done to keep X by X going despite some really hard times over the years.
One of the reasons for Barry and Justine stepping down from the board was because X by X wanted to vote on the motion to move from being a Community Interest Company and move to a Charity status. This meant that paid employees (such as Barry and Justine) could no longer sit on the Board.
The reasons X by X want to be a Charity is because being a CIC you are required to pay Corporation tax which was costing us a lot of money every year and being a charity will open us up to more funding opportunities too. This motion was voted on and Bromley X by X is now a charity.
Members also voted that Cruise and Burk remain as out Accounts and the accounts. Click here to request to see the accounts
Ellen Clifford thanked all X by X staff for their hard work.
We then moved onto the second part of our event:
Deaf and disabled people’s rights and responsibilities in 2017
A massive thank you go to our wonderful speakers, Tracey Lazard, CEO, Inclusion London, Catherine Smith – Campaigns and Outreach Officer – Transport for All, Iyiola Olafimihan – Inclusion Champion development worker – Alliance for Inclusive Education, Geraldine O’Halloran – co-founder – StopChanges2AtW and last but not least Paula Peters – national steering group, Disabled People Against Cuts.
All these organisations share the same values; we all run under the social model of disability. Each speaker spoke about the work they are doing to support Deaf and disabled people to access all areas in life like Employment, Education, Welfare reforms, Transport and Independent living.
They also told us about all the work campaigning for disabled people’s rights and all the support provided by all these organisations to support each other as DDPLOs to all work together for the best cause – making our society a more inclusive and accessible for Deaf and disabled people.
Once we had an inspired and motivated audience, we split off into workshops on Education, Employment, Independent Living (Social care and mental health), Transport and Welfare Reforms. Looking at the issues faced in Bromley and oppotunities to takel or influence change in these areas. Click here for the full feedback