THE BI-ANNUAL General Meeting of the Hedgecock Community Centre (HCC) held on 16th March 2022 brought management and members together. The meeting was full of praise from the stakeholders for another successful performance.
HCC has been in existence since February 2017. It has provided vital services for the community of Upney and the surrounding areas, as well as being a beacon hub for other service providers to ensure a holistic approach to meeting the needs of the community is adopted.
The meeting was well attended by members of HCC, ward councillors, service providers, leads from key local organisations, and select officers from the Barking and Dagenham Council. The current Chair of HCC; Yousuf Khan, welcomed everyone and presented an overview of major achievements and any drawbacks experienced over the last two years. The Secretary, Tojomul Ali, presented the annual trustees report and answered questions. The Treasurer, Jamil Al-Faradhi, presented the finance report and also answered questions from those present.
At the bi-annual AGM, trustees are elected from the membership list to run HCC for the next two years. On this occasion, there were four vacancies for new trustees. The Election Commissioners were Councillor Mohammed Saderuzzaman Khan and Councillor Faruk Chowdhury. There were only two new applicants for the trustees’ role. Hence, an election was not conducted. However, the two candidates gave verbal presentations on why they were suited to the roles and how they would contribute to the vison of HCC.
The two vacant posts have been kept open for women and any professionals with relevant skills in safeguarding, financial management and bid writing. At the next meeting of directors and officers, a new Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of HCC will be elected.
“It was a well-attended meeting and a very smooth election” said the Election Commissioner, Cllr Khan. “We are fully aware of the great work of HCC and their contributions to Barking & Dagenham and wish them all the success in the future. They have done lots of great work from the centre, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, providing essential food items to the vulnerable and the isolated community.”
Please visit the HCC website and Facebook page to find out more about HCC events and activities and how you can get more involved.
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