The ALT Group Annual Report 2017
2017 has been a year of great change, learning and achievement for The ALT Group, this year has brought some large hurdles to be overcome and our group has grown and become stronger because of it. This year we changed our Mission Statement to more accurately reflect what we do, and what we hope to achieve in Consett.
The ALT Group is a Community Interest Company and currently helps around 50 people each week to make friends and socialise in their communities. Our current services include our Community Meal at Blackhill Club, Community Garden at Blackhill Club and Quiet Time. This year we were also able to complete our first Transforming Project with Transforming Barnardo's Blackhill and we are preparing to launch our next project a Community Fridge & Veg Shed.
Over the past 12 months our volunteers have received training and support in order to develop their skills and understand better practices for businesses and catalyzing change in today's world. As a fast growing organisation we have learned, through experience the needs in our local community and the resources required to make our plans a reality. Our Directors have spent time developing a Business Plan to create a sustainable model to fund our projects. This year we have also conducted market research in the local area for business projection purposes as well as collecting feedback for our services and collect face to face information from local residents about the social and environmental issues they face.
We have continued to collaborate with Blackhill Club, Growing Durham, Groundworks and Fairshare and have maintained helpful relationships with other local organisations such as PACT House and Food 4U. In 2016/2017 we were able to make collaborator links with Leadgate Task Force, Sustrans and Barnardos charity shop in Blackhill. Throughout the year we have continued to work with donors and supporters who help us provide our Community Meal and have had great support with our Community Garden project. We have received financial support to fund our projects from Seedbed Foundation, and Greggs Environment Fund as well as on going support from Tesco Bags of Help (& Groundworks).
Hi, I'm Terri Lee-Shield, Director of The ALT Group.