Confederation of Community Groups 39th AGM

October 30, 2012

The 39th Annual General Meeting of the Confederation of Community Groups took place at Ballybot House last Thursday night.   Mayor John McArdle, who attended the meeting, said he was delighted to be present, especially as he had first-hand knowledge of the work of the Confederation and the work carried out by the tenants in Ballybot House and An Stóras.

Speaking on behalf of Newry & Mourne District Council, the Mayor said,

“I would like to thank the Confederation and, indeed, the wider Community & Voluntary sector for your contribution towards improving the quality of life for all in our local communities.”

Mayor McArdle went on to discuss the long standing partnership work undertaken between Newry & Mourne District Council and CCG and congratulated the Confederation for the achievements documented in the Annual report. He assured the large attendance that NMDC will continue to support and work with CCG in the delivery of services in the difficult and uncertain times ahead.

Confederation Chairperson, Mr David Cunningham, thanked Mayor McArdle for the continued support from Newry & Mourne District Council’s and highlighted the importance of the Confederation of Community Group’s grass roots community development processes.

“It is this on-the-ground engagement addressing the needs of local communities from a “bottom-up” approach that underpins our work, gives credibility to our programmes and distinguishes us from “top-down” organisations.”

Commenting on CCG’s forty year involvement in helping to develop strong community organisations, Mr Cunningham said,

“For an organisation, not only to survive for so long but, indeed, to be recognised as a lead player in community development and to operate a flagship of social enterprise, does not happen by accident. It has been the dedication of the staff, members and successive volunteer management committees that have ensured that we are here tonight.”

Chief Executive, Mr Raymond Jackson presented the Annual Report and commended the Confederation on another successful year.  He provided a detailed report on the work carried out during the year highlighting additional projects and services, an increase in partnership work and the vital contribution made by Ballybot House and An Stóras. Mr Jackson thanked all funders, extending particular thanks to the Department of Social Development and NMDC for the continuation of their core funding.

“It is this funding that helps us to deliver our core services while at the same time allows us to lever project funding”.

Referring to cuts in public expenditure and reductions in funding, Mr Jackson pledged that CCG would continue to address those concerns through consultation, individual meetings and lobbying at all levels.