HISTORY OF THE CHARITY
The background to the charity is the congregation of Central Methodist Church (Lune Street). Since 1978 the congregation of Preston’s Central Methodist Church have been involved in social action projects focused on homelessness using the lower ground floor under the church. These have included the 'Merriweather Home Association' to provide accommodation for young people; the soup kitchen (until 1989); overnight shelter for street homeless from 1985 to 1995 when ‘Night Shelter’ accommodation was constructed; and finally the development of 'Fox Street Community' for homeless people in 2008.
Following the launch of the new Fox Street Community, there was a desire to develop additional services to support the work in Preston. In order to manage this, it was decided to establish a charity which would be the umbrella organisation for the activities carried out in the name of Methodism in the Preston area. Thus, on 18th February 2010 Methodist Action (Preston in Central Lancashire) Ltd was registered as a company limited by guarantee (Company number 7161671) and as a charity (Charity number 1136621) on 28th June 2010.
Following its incorporation in 2010, the charity saw the demand for its services and expertise increase significantly. This included activities which took it beyond the boundaries of Preston. In 2011, following consultation with the Charity Commission, the charity changed its name to Methodist Action (North West) Ltd to reflect this expansion.
Between 2012 and 2014 the new charity saw a period of rapid expansion into many, and contrasting, areas of work. Much of this was sustained through government and local authority funding and an increasing staff team. Such expansion had a limited life though, once the effects of funding reductions or cuts occurred at local and national government levels. From 2014, therefore, the charity consolidated its activities, with a core focus on homelessness and housing provision; hence in the list below, management of Cedar house and the Blackpool Food Partnership is being transferred in an ordered fashion to other bodies.
History of the Charity
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Organisation and Governance
The charity has a clear and accountable governance structure.
The twelve Charity Members delegate responsibility for decision making to the Board of Trustees – collectively meeting once a year at an AGM. The charity is then governed through the Board of Trustees; two Assurance Committees with specialist working groups; and a Senior Management Team. This system provides forums for discussion, measurement, assessment and reflection, is ensuring a clear line of reporting and accountability, maintaining clarity and transparency.
Such an approach also ensure that resources are available and managed so that the work the charity undertakes is distinct and to a high quality. This is reflected to our partners, funders, supporters and service users and helps to establish the work of the charity as being of a high standard and professional encouraging future support and engagement.