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Annual General Meeting 2016 - Change in legal status and name

On Wednesday 22nd March Charitable Trusts West Midlands held its 37th AGM. A copy of the Annual Report can be found here.

Members adopted a new constitution as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and agreed to re-name the organisation as WM Funders Network to reflect a significant milestone in its development and future role.

Over this year, with the help of a marketing and communication's associate, the Executive Committee will look to rebrand the organisation.

To read more about the AGM visit the website.


Annual General Meeting Presentation: The future for Vulnerable and Poor Children and Young People

Our guest speaker this year was Phil Street OBE, Manager, Young Solutions and a member of regional network Youth Focus WM .

A copy of his presentation can be found here.  Current statistics indicate that levels remain relatively high with 3.7million children living in poverty in the UK (2013/14) i.e 28% of children. In a climate where public spending on youth services fell by 12 per cent from £712m in 2013/14 to £627m in 2014/15; children’s centres, young people’s and family support services fell by 24%, from £3 billion in 2010-11 to £2.3 billion in 2014-15, a cut of over £700 million per year, and children’s social care in England was reduced by an average of 24% in 2011–12. Does this mean that reducing the poverty gap and tackling unequal treatment of those most vulnerable children and young people in society is unachievable? 

To read more about child poverty go to Child Poverty Action Group.
Birmingham City Council has established Child Poverty Commission to gather evidence of the issues and what works.
National Youth Agency provides valuable data and information on trends, issues and service provision in England
Youth Employment UK is a network of organisations addressing youth unemployment.
Centrepoint has commissioned research on youth homelessness and  identifying solutions.
Young Minds has been campaigning for better provision in mental health services for children and young people.

Do you have any examples of projects/initiatives/programmes that are making a difference?
What lessons can we learn from initiatives that have been delivered?
What are the gaps/issues in the West Midlands that you identify through your grant giving?

About Charitable Trusts West Midlands

Charitable Trusts West Midlands (CTWM) is a membership association for trusts, foundations and other funders that operate in the West Midlands region.  Established in 1975, CTWM’s mission is “to provide a support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities.” 
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