GRCC hosts successful AGM

In a small event exclusively for trustees and members, GRCC clocked up its 96th AGM.

Charles Coats, Chair of the GRCC Board of Trustees, presented his report to the meeting, noting that 2018-19 had been an active, positive and vibrant year for GRCC.  The achievements of the organisation were highlighted under the four strategic objectives as set out in the strategic plan for the year.


1.     Become the go-to organisation for VCSE support and training across Gloucestershire

GRCC supports the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in Gloucestershire through training, networks, workshops and one to one support. 

In addition to the existing networks and forums, GRCC is running the Know Your Patch Networks in Cheltenham and Cotswold which bring together VCSE groups with the public sector. 


2.     Champion rural communities’ strengths and challenges

As part of the ACRE Network, GRCC receives funding from Defra to advance the department’s rural priorities, including digital infrastructure, skills and inclusion, rural life opportunities, social infrastructure, rural transport, affordable housing, and business support and social enterprise development.


3.    Strengthen rural and urban communities to develop vibrant and sustainable places to live

GRCC’s projects supporting individuals, such as the Big Lottery and EU-funded Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project, befriending project People For You, and the Cotswold Community Wellbeing Service, together supported over 1,000 people in 2018-19.  Support and advice was also provided to a number of community initiatives and groups aiming to plan and deliver projects to improve their neighbourhoods.


4.    Develop GRCC as a sustainable and essential organisation in Gloucestershire

In October GRCC launched its new branding, recruited 3 new Trustees to the Board and opened The Wheelhouse Gloucester, a co working space in Community House. This partnership has enabled GRCC to bring the underutilised second floor back into productive use and also support small businesses and social enterprises with a friendly, local and affordable working environment.


The chair concluded by thanking the other members of the Board of Trustees for their support, enthusiasm, commitment and ideas, as well as thanking the CEO and staff for all the work they do.