Annual General Meeting – April 2013

Umeed Partnership (UK)

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013

Meeting:        17 April 2013

 

Present:         John Perkins (Chair), Neil Evans, Miriam Isherwood.

Ged Sanders, Clive Southerton,

 

Apologies:      Renee Taylor, John Butler, Marion Southerton, Ruth Goggin, Stuart Elliott

 

 

1.        WELCOME AND MINUTES

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 23 May 2012 were accepted as an accurate record.

 

 

2.        ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE CHAIR 

 

The Chairman provided members with an overview of the project during the last 12 months.  The Umeed Partnership Project has sustained its activities during 2012/13, and this is despitePakistan’s well-documented but negative media image which has intensified following several high-profile acts of violence. It is true thatPakistanis experiencing political instability, but as has been emphasised in previous reports, life for the large majority of the population continues largely unaffected by the troubles. The Umeed Project continues its activities in all parts, and has been untouched  by  the events reported in the media.

 

Although there was some concern at the lack of regular giving, in most months £1000.had been raised and transferred to the UP Project inPakistan.  The Project continues to thrive despite the financial difficulties.

 

Fundraising efforts in 2013/14 will continue to concentrate on re-development of theUmeedMiddle Schoolin DB52 to provide sanitation, latrines, drinking water, teaching materials, classroom furniture and rebuilding two classrooms.

 

The number of beneficiaries from the Project in 2012/13 fell slightly (reflecting the financial situation), but was nevertheless impressive:

 

174 girls and young women involved in the embroidery work

38 young women in the sewing centres

180 children inUmeedMiddle Schoolin Minority Community BC18 with 4 teachers

135 children inUmeedMiddle Schoolin Minority Community DB52 with 2 teachers.

 

In total 527 young people have received education and training from Umeed projects during 2012/13.

 

The full Annual Report can be found on the Home page of the Umeed website –    www.umeedpartnership.org.uk

 

 

3.        ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

The following officers were elected:

 

Chair:            John Perkins

Vice-Chair:   Clive Southerton

Treasurer:    Ged Saunders

Secretary:     Vacant

 

It was reported that for compelling professional and domestic reasons Ruth had declined to continue as the Secretary. Ruth had served in this post for some 9 years and in a most professional manner. The AGM recorded the deep appreciation of the Umeed Partnership and wished Ruth well in her future endeavours.

 

The search for a replacement for Ruth has proved unsuccessful and will continue.

 

 

4.        ELECTION OF ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Four ordinary members of the Executive Committee were elected:

 

Stuart Elliott

Neil Evans

Miriam Isherwood

Mieko Yamaguchi

 

 

5.        ELECTION OF CO-OPTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Two additional members were co-opted:

 

John Butler

Renee Taylor

 

It was agreed that John should contact Riffat Rizvi (former Committee member) with a view to her being re-co-opted onto the Committee.

 

 

 

6.        APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES

 

John Perkins and Neil Evans were re-appointed as trustees.

 

 

7.        FINANCIAL MATTERS

The financial report for 2012/2013 was presented by Ged.

 

It was agreed that:

[1]      the unaudited accounts should be approved provisionally and submitted for      audit.

[2]      Yousuf   be reminded to submit accounts for 2012/13 demonstrating the allocation of funds inPakistan.

[3]       Mieko be asked to ensure that the unclaimed Gift Aid applications be     submitted as soon as possible.

 

It was felt that in future the accounts should be audited before the AGM, therefore the AGM should be held in mid-May to allow the Auditor time to complete his work in a timely fashion after the end of the financial year (31 March).

 

Recognising the amount of work and professional competence required to produce an auditable set of accounts, John expressed the sincere thanks of the Umeed Partnership to Ged for preparing the accounts.

 

 

8.        APPOINTMENT OF THE AUDITOR

 

It was agreed that Mr Neville Hughes (Bethesda) be asked to continue as auditor. Renee had agreed to ensure that he received the documentation and accounts.

 

 

9.        REPORT FROM THE PROJECT

 

The Annual Report – 2012/13 – from Yousuf Jalal Gill (Umeed Project Co-ordinator) was presented to those present.  The Report covered, inter alia, the following topics:

 

1.   Core education and training:  schools, embroidery & tailoring

2.   Redevelopment of the two Umeed Middle Schools

3.   Umeed seminar – reforms in the Pakistan Education System

4.   Umeed support for fire victims of the blasphemy law inLahore

5.   Progress report on Umeed-trained embroiderers

6.   Umeed Legal Aid Forum

7.   Umeed Administrative Offices

 

The full UPP report may be found on the Umeed Partnership website.

 

 

10.      NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING

 

The next ordinary Committee meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 3 June 2013 at a venue to be decided.