In September 2013 we celebrated our 10th birthday. In 2003 we had a vision and created a philosophy, a way of life. 10 years later, this annual report is dedicated to that vision and highlights the successes and challenges faced by Nine Red Presents…(CIC) during 2012/13, as we continued to respond to the needs of our local community and support and enhance the lives of socially disadvantaged groups, including victims of abuse.
Central to NRP’s objectives is to place the clients and beneficiaries at the centre of what we do. Also to ensure the continued delivery of safe quality client focused services to people when they need us. We have delivered many successful projects during the year and clients and beneficiaries surveys continue to demonstrate high levels of satisfaction from the users of our services. Indeed, during the year, NRP have won 3 awards for the services they provide in the community: Luton Community Arts Award Winner 2012; Luton & Bedfordshire Community Overall Winner of the Winners Award 2012; High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Citizenship Award 2013.
The skills and commitment of volunteer staff are fundamental in achieving our desire to provide quality services and our thanks go to all staff who have worked with us during the year. This commitment was especially demonstrated during March to September which is our carnival and festival season, leading to our annual Parkfest for AVS family fun day and is our most resource intensive time. It is reassuring that the planning work we undertook for such events proved successful during this period and resulted in NRP’s AVS Projects “In the Light” healing arts group winning the ‘Luton International Carnival 2013 – Best on De Road – Youth Category’, 3rd place 2013.
Recognising the importance of the contributions made by our volunteer staff and the needs of our beneficiaries and community, we initiated peer support for our volunteers, group support for our clients and community feedback sessions. This gives all individuals involved in our organisation the opportunity to share their thoughts and suggest improvements we could make. This has enabled us to expand our services which has led to an increase in the number of clients and beneficiaries we serve. As such during the financial year 2013-14 we intend to move into our own premises which will serve as a community hub for our local community.
In line with many organisations the achievement of the financial duties was a major challenge and our thanks go to our funders and sponsors: – The Steel Charitable Trust, The BIG Lottery, Community Games, Nobel Solicitors, Tesco Stores PLC, Booker, Nisa, HSS Hire, ‘Your Say Your Way’, PRS for Music, Luton Town FC; and all the volunteers who were actively engaged in maximising productivity and reducing waste to allow us to generate an annual turnover in excess of £60k.
In the last six months of the year we worked in partnership with a number of community services providers, which we intend to integrate into our new premises. This work during 2012/13 will form the bedrock for future service provision which will enable us to generate greater income from our commercial services as well as ensuring we have quality services and well trained staff. This will allow us to bid for contracts to provide services.
We hope you find this report helpful and informative and if you want to gain further insight into our work, you may wish to visit our website www.artundefined.com or the new AVS Project website www.darknessmakessense.com
Debra Knight, CEO. Gordon Davis, MD.