Charity strategy update

Plans for the next two years were the result of the trustee’s latest strategy day. We decided the charity’s priorities for 2011-12 were:

  • increasing the number of volunteers
  • boosting funds raised from donors
  • strengthening how we administer the organisation.

Katie, James, Jenny and Liz met in September. As last year, Liz kindly hosted at her home in Yorkshire.

Table with flip chart paper on it, covered in postit notes with tasks written on them. Vertical is labelled importance and horizontal labelled urgency

The result of the prioritisation exercise. See the link PDF for a clean electronic version.

We had drawn a graph on flip chart paper, with axes for importance and urgency. On this we placed post-its to show when we thought tasks need to be done. You can see the result of this exercise [PDF]. We would like to hear your feedback on these plans.

The immediate priorities were of course:

  • publishing the autumn newsletter, and organising the next annual meeting
  • but also establishing methods for (online) donations and transaction management
  • plus more audio visual web content.
Three women sitting around a table with laptops and meeting papers

Jenny, Katie and Liz discussing issues

We decided to take a new approach to membership (more on that soon). This means it is vital we make a big push to get more people involved with running the organisation and raising money to support its activities.

If we achieve those things we will be able to be more proactive, for example:

  • providing resources to patients and parents
  • reaching out to doctors and other relevant professionals
  • campaigning on important issues.

So how can you help? We need you to:

The roles we need to fill are:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Fundraising
  • Newsletter / blog editor
  • Facebook/Twitter community manager
  • Webmaster
  • Support / buddy scheme co-ordinator / contact for parents with a newly diagnosed baby.

Please contact us if you can help in any way at all.

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About Aniridia Network UK

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. Registered as a charity in 2011 with HMRC reference XT26830
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