Our Annual General Meeting was held on 13th February at the Malton Rugby Club and was attended by a large number of members, volunteers and staff. Vice-Chairman, Dr Nigel Hardwick, reported that the year had again been successful for RCT with progress having been made on adapting the organisation to face future challenges, continuing growth in demand for our services and a number of new contracts and grants having been received. The volunteer car scheme continued to be in great demand, minibuses continued to provide numerous services to community groups and volunteer organisations while Wheels2Work benefitted 34 people in 2016.
It was with regret that the annual membership fee was being increased from £12 to £18 but this was the first increase for 5 years and it was hoped that there would be no need to increase the fee again for the next 5.
Dr Hardwick reminded those attending that the funding climate was challenging for organisations in the voluntary and charitable sector and that this was unlikely to change in future. He said that RCT had been successful with a number of its funding bids and that the County Council strongly supported community transport in principle. Trustees and staff were, however, mindful of the need to continue developing new sources of funding and revenues and that effort would continue to be focussed in this area.
Dr Hardwick thanked all staff and volunteers for their hard work during the year which, he said, had made a valuable contribution to delivering great service for RCT’s clients and to reducing isolation in the Ryedale community.
Two new Trustees were elected at the meeting to replace Ken Chadwick and Rob Thompson who were stepping down after many years’ valuable service. Helen Clark, currently Rural Initiatives and Transport Co-ordinator for ‘Next Steps’ in Norton brings many years experience of and enthusiasm for community transport to the Board of Trustees. Roger Gibbeson’s background in business development and working with charitable and not-for-profit organisations will also help further strengthen the Board’s expertise.