Showcasing a fantastic year's performance

On the afternoon of the 8th November, BPRCVS held the Annual General Meeting at the ABD Centre in Bacup. The event had an excellent turnout with around 60 people, including BPRCVS Trustees, a select few members of staff, dignitaries and guests.


Commencing with registration at 1 p.m. followed by pie and peas for lunch, guests networked with others before the AGM got underway at 2 p.m.

At this year's AGM we had a change to our Articles and the Notice of Resolutions were passed. Download the Articles here.

Nominations for our Board of Trustees were read, accepted and passed.


Mark Holmes, of Ashworth Moulds & Co. read a statement of our accounts which were accepted and passed.


The Worshipful the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Mark Townsend, who is also the President of BPRCVS, opened the AGM with a speech offering a special welcome to fellow dignitaries and spoke of the history and growth of BPRCVS over the years since it's inception in 1935. Councillor Townsend offered his thanks to staff, trustees and volunteers and spoke highly of the organisation's response to unprecedented demand from thousands of residents during the coronavirus pandemic. The impact of the pandemic affected staff and volunteers, but the organisation continued to deliver and without BPRCVS, Councillor Townsend said life would've been much harder for many without the support of BPRCVS. The speech continued with a brief insight to some of the year's highlights and made particular reference to the continued rise and importance of social prescribing. The speech concluded with a statement of appreciation of BPRCVS' efforts.


The Worshipful the Mayor of Rossendale, and BPRCVS Trustee, Councillor Jackie Oakes, provided a short speech about the venue, The ABD Centre, speaking about the background of the centre and how support from BPRCVS enabled the centre to develop. The speech concluded with recent developments of new groups now calling the ABD Centre its home and how the centre is proud to have established the BPRCVS Social Prescribing programme in Rossendale.


BPRCVS Chairman, Susan Biggs, informed guests about how the organisation responded to the coronavirus pandemic and offered thanks on behalf of all trustees to staff and volunteers alike for their fantastic commitment and dedication to providing much needed help and support to people in our communities. Susan spoke about the necessary changes in work conditions with the most vulnerable workers having to work from home and many staff working seven days a week throughout the early months of the pandemic. Susan continued her speech by referencing the BPRCVS Annual Impact Report and exceptional levels of performance throughout the period of April 2020 to March 2021. Susan concluded her speech with a statement of appreciation for all staff, volunteers and fellow trustees for their hard work over the past year. 


We had some more wonderful stories told by our guest speakers with Wendy Ireton, Brierfield Children's Allotment, talking about how the funding administered by BPRCVS on behalf of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group had enabled the group to develop and deliver activities which made a huge difference to the lives of people in the community. Thanks to the funding there is an outdoor space, in an area of limited outdoor space, that is used weekly by families and young people, but also community groups, charities and nurseries in the area.


Peter Steen, Communicars volunteer driver and Oximeter delivery driver, shared a number of stories about his experiences of volunteering as a Communicars driver and also told of his experiences delivering Oximeters over recent months as part of the covid response. Peter finished his speech reflecting upon his surprise and pride to win the Best Use of Integrated Care and Partnership Working in Patient Safety Award on the evening of Monday 21st September at the HSJ Awards Ceremony.


BPRCVS Chief Officer, Christine Blythe, spoke in place of Peter Armer, who unfortunately was unable to attend. Christine spoke of the response to the pandemic, and the new models of care in Lancashire and how BPRCVS works within and alongside these models enabling BPRCVS to represent the VCF sector on our local partnerships. Christine spoke about being the voice of the sector and to influence others. In order to achieve this we need to be able to engage and represent. The speech continued with a bit of background on the National Academy for Social Prescribing of which Christine is the North West Regional Lead of Thriving Communities. Christine spoke of her pride in our Social Prescribing programme and it being the best in East Lancashire. All of this wouldn't be possible without the amazing staff team and volunteers for which Christine expressed a huge thank you.

The AGM concluded with a statement of thanks from Margaret Lishman, BPRCVS Vice Chairman.

After the speeches guests were able to once again network with others and speak to BPRCVS staff.

Thank you to all who attended. It was an excellent event and great to see so many faces present. If you didn't get chance to read a copy of the BPRCVS Annual Impact Report for 2020-21 you can view it online and download a copy here.

Follow us on social media (@BPRCVS) to view video content from the AGM which will be made available over the coming days. A photo library will also be added to our Facebook page.