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  • Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended

    31 December 2017

    Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives

    Registered Company Limited by Guarantee 07279350

    Registered Charity 1143136

  • Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives (ACT!} Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017

    Registered Company I.imited by Guarantee, number: 07279350

    Registered Charity, number: 1143136

    Registered office: 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP


    The trustees present their report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

    The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in note 1and comply with the charity's Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Charities Act 2011, the Companies Act 2006, and Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice applicable to charities preparing their accounts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland (FRS 102) - (Charities SORP {FRS102)).

    Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives ("ACT!")was incorporated on 9 June 2010 as a private company limited by guarantee. The company was granted charitable status and registered as a charity on 27 July 2011. During the period from incorporation to 31 December 2011,the company was dormant. The activities, together with some of the income and expenditure of the St Aldates' Community rransformation programme (which had been in existence for a number of years prior to 2011)were transferred from St Aldates Parochial Church Council (also a registered charity) to the company with effect from 1 January 2012.

    ACTI seeks to build a community where prisoners, ex-offenders and others in need experience acceptance, support and opportunities to become all they were intended to be. Our team of staff and volunteers meet people in prison, work with them as they leave and support them as they settle back into the community. We help them, and others in need, to cope with the difficulties they face and we support them so they can flourish. At each stage, we have a range of services and opportunities designed to address physical, emotional and spiritual needs to enable them to move forward, maintain momentum and avoid re-offending. All this is done in the context of community —a community of people with all sorts of different backgrounds, committed to encouraging one another to keep going and become all they were intended to be.

    In the six years the charity has been operational, there have been some inevitable challenges, but we have also seen many lives transformed —prisoners becoming model inmates, coming off drugs, ex- offenders housed, getting jobs, gaining places at university, and not re-offending.

    Structure, governance and management The trustees, who are also the directors and who served during the year were:

    Revd Charlie Cleverly (Rector of St Aldates) Mrs Tian Davidson (Treasurer)

    Mr Huseyin Djemil (appointed 21 September 2017) Dr Funmi Durodola (resigned on 27 July 2017) Mr Chris Gillies (Chair and St Aldates Parochial Church Council nominee) Ms Claire Mortimer

    Mr Crispin Westhead.

  • Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives (ACT!) Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017

    The trustees have delegated day to day running of the charity to a Managing Director, who is the most

    senior paid member of staff. The Managing Director attends trustee meetings but is not a trustee or

    director of the company. As explained in last year's annual report, following the resignation of the

    previous Managing Director In December 2016, David Portway was appointed as the new Managing

    Director with effect from 1 June 2017. In addition to the Managing Director, during 2017 the charity had four members of staff for the majority of the year (seconded from St Aldates' PCC) and more than

    100 volunteers.

    Method of appointment of trustees

    One trustee shall be the Rector of St Aldates Church (or his nominee) and a further trustee is a nominee of St Aldates parochial Church Council. There must be a minimum of four trustees. Vacancies are filled

    either by personal invitations made to individuals known to have relevant skills matching current needs

    or by advertisement. All trustees must subscribe to the charity's ethos statement. Appointments follow an assessment meetIng with at least two Board members.

    Induction and training of trustees Relevant training and induction is offered to new trustees in line with their experience and knowledge

    of the work of ACTI.

    Objectives and activities

    ACT!'s primary aim is the relief of people in need, particularly offenders, ex-offenders, those who are

    homeless, asylum seekers and people suffering from addiction or mental illness. Our ethos and

    approach are set out in a separate document known as the ACTI Ethos Statement, which is available to download from the charity's web site (www. actoxford. corn).

    The trustees confirm that they have referred to the Charity Commission's guidance on public benefit

    when reviewing the charity's aims and objectives and in planning future activities.

    ACT!'s aims are delivered as part of a three-stage programme:

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    Stage1: Imprisoned Here we meet people who are in need, primarily in prison, but also imprisoned by drugs, alcohol, homelessness or other chaotic conditions and sItuations in life.

    Stage2: Released At this stage we meet people on release from prison and those who are seeking to journey out of destructive, chaotic and addictive behaviour. This stage is critical and what happens here often

    determines whether people will move on or relapse into reoffending behaviour.

    Stage3: Flourishing Here we help people get some stability into their lives and begin to contribute to our community and to society. This is the time when we start to see those we work with become the people they were always intended to be.

  • Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives (ACTI) Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017

    During 2017 we ran a number of projects in each stage.

    Stage 1- Imprisoned These are primarily projects run in prisons local to Oxford - HMP Bullingdon, HMP Huntercombe and HMP Springhill as well as in Campsfield Immigration Detention Centre.

    visiting and mentoring prisoners one on one on the wings (in conjunction with the prison chaplaincy);

    supporting those with legal hearings, often associated with deportation; writing to prisoners and providing books, to offer them comfort, hope and solace; running the Christian faith based Alpha course - exploring the importance of faith and spirituality in our daily lives, for prisoners on the main wings in Bullingdon and Springhill; we also work with vulnerable prisoner wings in HMP Bullingdon; walking the areas of Oxford we know to be popular with people who are rough-sleeping, to befriend, support and invite them to access the free services that ACT provide; our weekly Monday evening meal is an opportunity for those in need in Oxford to engage with us and begin a journey of recovery; our monthly community meal hosts vulnerable individuals from around Oxford and is an

    opportunity to sign post them to services that will help them find support, for example to find accommodation or to start addressing their addictions.

    Stage 2 —In Transition These projects focus on supporting people in the transition from being imprisoned (either literally or metaphorically) into the community.

    "Meet at the Gate" - our dedicated project officer, Rob Rogers, oversees volunteers meeting prisoners at the gate on the day of their release, helping them integrate into the community and avoid reoffending; "Meet at the Hostel" —like "Meet at the Gate", we also now spend significant time in the local bail hostel supporting the residents whilst on licence and living in the city, as well as supporting the bail hostel staff; we offer one-to-one mentoring with trained mentors to journey with individuals, helping them avoid re-offending and work out their rehabilitation; we offer prayer and spiritual guidance to those who request it to help identify the root causes of their lifestyle issues; our weekly ACT group meeting on a Monday night is open to anyone vulnerable in the city of Oxford, but we have seen significant numbers attending from the bail hostel; this is a time for individuals to enjoy a cooked meal, kind company, hear a short talk and discuss it.

  • Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives (ACTI) Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 82 December 2017

    Stage 3 —Flourishing These projects take place outside prison, to help ex-offenders and rough sleepers successfully integrate into society, as they begin their personal Journey of recovery and restoration.

    weekly lunchtime meeting, we meet for food and peer support, often inviting somebody from

    the community to share their story or a reflection and then look at elements which help us on our own Journey;

    regular day trips, a Christmas meal and times away together out of Oxford, when we go away as a group for several days, including an optional Christian retreat; the mentoring and support programme, delivered by carefully recruited and trained volunteers,

    provides one on one support for those in our community; the housing programme; we take referrals from the prison chaplains, the Probation Servi