Forum Growth/ Future plans
Thanks to the 25 or so members that attended the Zoom meeting last night, in due course Full minutes will be published with info. Next meeting is AGM on either 02/ 09 March 2021 TBC. Nominations for new Chair are open now, 3 years is an effective duration for any committee member, hence the reason to open to other energy. Read on for how the Forum has changed over last couple of years. I have been talking to other Campaigns and managers about the constitution and considered all the following as offering most effective in achieving the aims of the forum. Welcome to our new Poole Living Streets Partners, we look forward to working with you.
Where are we now?
- Group members up +22%, which is 610% since January this year
- 171 posts from over 500 constantly active members
- 2.1k comments (+126%)
- 4558 reactions (+78%)
Twitter– 323 followers, best engagement so far clip posted to website of Keyhole Bridge which recieved 6.2 K views, 187 likes in 24 hours.
What do we need to do?
After discussion with key members it was agreed that BHAT has grown considerably and will most likely continue to do so – therefore we plan to take steps now to set up the group better for later down the line. Although we can and will continue essentially as we are, these actions may include all or some of the following:
Rewrite an updated constitution taken from the original which will be live online and on social platforms
Recruit more lead members
Ask for volunteer ward Councillor reps- supplying them with Cllr details and BH Ward area info
Create a Structure for growth including new chair, secretary (ies) and treasurer which will be voted on March 2021– request to be nominated now if youre keen
More structured communications with BCP Council – making it easier for them to liase with us
Affiliations – currently Cycling UK provides the most relevant membership benefits (such as 3rd party insurance etc) and would be purchased out of group funds covered next
We would ask anyone with experience in group work to get in touch
In November and at personal cost BHAT members created, printed and distributed 600 small flyers in the immediate local area BH14 to raise awareness of the consultation of keyhole bridge, following comments that the scheme might be removed early like some others. The additional support generated we believe has led to the scheme now running the full length of the consultation as it should be.
This small but important victory has highlighted the importance of having small amounts of funding available to do this kind of thing. Having considered the option of crowdfunding as not being reactive enough, it was decided a small amount of funds (no more than a few hundred a year) would be very useful to the group.
We would propose:
The ability to take payments / donations online
Creation of a group bank account and PayPal
Creation of a low-cost membership scheme (to be proposed in March 2021) to include member perks such as discount and loyalty schemes at local business’
This would of course change if the group grows past a certain point, at which we will have to formally register.