AGM and Annual Review 2017/18


Thank you to everyone who came to our annual general meeting at The Bedford Golf Club on 27 June 2018.  At the meeting we showed a short video about our year which you can see here!


Catherine Wright, the chair of Access Bedford, thanked everyone for coming and for their time and support over the year.  Catherine picked out her favourite things from the year – the Casino Royale Ball, winning 2 awards, going on the BSL Art Tours and more!  You can read about what happened from April 2017 – March 2018 in our Annual Report 1718

Changes to Committee for 2018/19 were also announced, with Emma standing down as a trustee, and Michelle and Nathalie leaving as committee members. All were thanked for their time.

The new trustees for 18/19 are

Chair – Catherine Wright           Governance – Alison Crook           Secretary – Helene Bolton

They will be supported by committee members Peter Cook, Shelly Caswell and Ally Tree.

Our funding and partners

Emma talked through the finances for the charity (full details can be seen here) and thanked our partners this year who have helped us so much;

  • Healthwatch Bedford Borough
  • The Higgins Museum
  • Bedford Half Marathon Weekend team
  • Business / organisation support like Bedford Golf Club who always let us come and take part in the Quiz and support with rooms!

Our funders were also thanked, Bedford Borough Strategic Partnership, Waitrose who donated £223, 44 Harpur Street who donated toward venue hire and donations through event tickets, raffles, our new JustGiving page and more!

We are so pleased to see all the new groups and activity in Bedford and around for the Deaf Community. More social opportunities with Northampton Deaf Coffee, Luton BSL Pub, Milton Keynes pub, Deaf Walks, Big Deaf Summer Picnic, HearMeOut and Little Eagles. WOW. 4 years ago there was nothing – now look!

Our priorities for the next year;

Helene explained that this means that Access Bedford will change the focus for this year. We will look at how to stay focused on changing services and improving the lives of all of the Deaf Community in Bedford Borough.

This means we will;

  • Raise awareness of the Deaf Community
  • Find out the needs of the community
  • Create a strong network of Deaf Organisations so it is easy to understand who does what, where, why and when
  • Share information and work together for a strong Deaf Community

Thank you 

We wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has helped us this year, from the community volunteers helping at events, the volunteer committee/trustees, partners, funders, supporters and everyone!

Adobe Spark (10)

4 teams then took part in the Quiz Night, with the Kangaroos taking the prize for the team of the night!



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