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Agreement signed with Community Action Northumberland (CAN)!

An agreement has been signed for CAN to supply Secretarial and other services to the Consortium with effect from 1st October 2017. The Committee approved this change at its meeting on 6th July 2017 when it was reported that 42 members had confirmed their approval of the proposal and the consequent increase in the Consortium’s Annual Subscription to £35.

Both the Consortium and CAN are now planning the detailed implementation of the agreement so that there will be an improvement in the service to members. Andy Dean the CEO of CAN was delighted that this agreement is to go ahead and he said that it will bring the two organisation closer together especially CAN’s Village Hall Service that is run by Louise Currie.

How will this agreement with CAN affect the Consortium?

The Consortium Committee believes that this agreement will lead to an improved and more professional service to members that is more secure and consistent. CAN will supply a number of secretarial and other services including the issue of newsletters, members surveys and information and guidance on the management of village halls and community buildings. CAN will also work with the Consortium Committee to maintain and develop the Consortium web site and will support the Committee and AGM by an agenda and minutes service. CAN will also take on the collection of Members subscriptions and the maintenance of the membership data base.

Under the agreement, information requests that currently come to the Consortium Secretary  will go direct to Louise Currie. Louise will also keep members up to date with any new regulations and will circulate examples of good practice.

The Consortium will continue as an independent charity with its purpose firmly fixed on  supplying the best possible service and benefits to its members. The Committee will have more time to consider generating benefits for members with CAN undertaking the survey work and ensuring members are kept up to date.