CREST's Annual General Meeting

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Our 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 9th June in the Council Chamber at Spelthorne Council's Offices in Staines.

For those of you who weren't able to attend, here are some extracts.

From the Chairman's Address:

CREST is run by inspirational, highly committed volunteers, who are easily accessible to all our members. We have an open door policy. We develop and motivate all volunteers and members. We measure our impact with proactive prevention rather than cure.

This year has been extremely successful, with not only funding, but also the events that have been undertaken and the extensive recruitment of Volunteers and Therapists. We are also very thankful to Spelthorne Borough Council for moving us to a much larger office. This has immensely helped us as our referrals have increased dramatically in the past year.

We must always realise that we are a voluntary organisation and count on volunteers heavily to run the charity. We must all make a conscious effort to inform everyone that CREST is run solely by volunteers.

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From the Trustees' Report:

It’s been a hectic year so let’s look at some of the highlights. Congratulations to all the Volunteers that moved offices earlier this year to a much larger and freshly decorated premises to carry out their vital work. Thanks also to everyone who wielded paint brushes or carried boxes! We end this year with more volunteers and more CREST members, excellent results!

We had two very successful social trips for our members – one to the Houses of Parliament, where we sat in on a live Commons Debate and the other to Denbies Vineyard where after a very interesting and informative tour we sampled their produce!

Donations came in from various parties, as well as the 2 Rotary Clubs in Shepperton. We were the President’s Charity with Shepperton Aurora and spent a cold but rewarding evening collecting from houses in Shepperton accompanied by Santa and his Sleigh.

Sainsbury’s again made us their Charity of The Year and invited the Trustees to a Sainsbury’s Staff Awards evening at the Runnymede Hotel. Well done to the office volunteers for persuading the store to make CREST their Charity for the second year in succession. We need to be ever mindful though that funding is an on-going and ever present task.

Our Relaxation Days this year have been a great success and we have been made very welcome by White Lodge which has made for a more relaxed venue particularly for those volunteers who do all the planning and organising. This summer we were able to sit out on the patio and enjoy the sunshine during lunch.

Finally a reminder that CREST is run entirely by unpaid volunteers who care and it does not receive any outside funding. Our thanks go to all the committee and volunteers without whose dedication we could not function.

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