For immediate release – 26 March 2013
London Borough of Bexley gives go ahead to new Belvedere community charity
Two Belvedere community organisations are celebrating the news that they have received the go ahead from the London Borough of Bexley to manage Belvedere Community Centre on a long term lease.
The trustees of registered charity the Belvedere Community Forum and the voluntary management committee of Belvedere Community Centre will now join together, merging to create a new community development charity with the aim of supporting the regeneration of and promoting community cohesion in Belvedere.
In a joint statement Barry Leaf, Chair of the Belvedere Community Forum and Daniel Francis, Chair of Belvedere Community Centre’s Joint Management Committee said: “We are delighted that the London Borough of Bexley has decided that the new community based charity which will be formed from our two organisations, is the preferred bidder to run Belvedere Community Centre as a community based charity.
They continued, “However the hard work has only just started. We shall now be entering into detailed discussion with the Charity Commission and Companies House regarding the management arrangements of the new organisation. We shall also be consulting widely with stakeholders in the Belvedere area to agree the aims and objectives of the new organisation, its area of benefit and most importantly to agree the name of and logo of the new charity”.
The Centre in Mitchell Close, Belvedere has been run by a voluntary management committee of local councillors and centre users since 1999. During this period, the Council have continued to contribute towards the building’s maintenance costs, although the day to day running of the building has been the responsibility of the voluntary committee.
Since its creation in 1999, the Forum has been responsible for organising a number of community events and promoting community cohesion within Belvedere and lobbying for the regeneration of the area. The two organisations agreed in 2010 that they would begin a process of working together which they hoped would lead to the eventual merger of the two organisations; and over the last year have been involved in the bidding process to manage Belvedere Community Centre leading to this merger.
The two organisations shall be holding a public meeting in late April to consult on the new management arrangements, before holding an Emergency General Meeting followed by an Annual General Meeting in late June to agree these new arrangements and the trustees of the new organisation. Updates during this period can be found on the Forum’s website at www.thisisbelvedere.org.uk and on the Forum’s facebook and twitter feeds.
ENDS - For further information please contact Daniel Francis