The purpose of Norwood Green Better Place CIC
is to support the community in making Norwood Green a better place to live
Norwood Green Better Place CIC is a Community Interest Company, registered with Companies House and approved by the CIC Regulator.
Company number 12890916.
Our registered address is: Norwood Green Village Hall, Village Street, Norwood Green, Halifax, HX3 8QN.
We are Limited by Guarantee and any surplus made must be reinvested into work that benefits the community and to build a general reserve. There are no shareholders in the company. Should the CIC ever wind-up, the Norwood Green Village Hall Charitable Trust will receive all remaining assets
(financial and/or physical) so the village can benefit from these.
The Community Interest Company structure provides for:
• The holding of funds (from donations, charitable trust funding or the public purse).
• Being an accountable body (to the community, Companies House, HMRC and the CIC Regulator).
• Legally and safely organising and overseeing the progress of agreed initiatives and the transparent use of funds.
We will do all we reasonably can to engage residents and businesses in the conversations about how Norwood Green can be a better place to live and work. We want to hear the broadest range of views possible about how life in the village can be better and we want to encourage community involvement in how we deliver all aspects of our work.
We know there will be different opinions on the various matters raised by the community. We will listen to these views respectfully but also ask that those engaging in the conversations offer their opinions, and consider those of others, respectfully in return.
Any organisation seeking to serve its community can only understand where there is consensus based on the responses of those who choose to engage. We believe in progress and, after making efforts to engage with the community, we will move forward based on the identified consensus.
We are committed to providing opportunities for the community to hear about progress being made and to raise awareness about how people can engage with and support the work being done. We will always be transparent about the use of funds entrusted to us and in our decision-making processes.
The CIC Board of Directors all live in Norwood Green and volunteer their time for free.
A request for directors to form the first CIC committee was made at the Residents Association Meeting in July 2019.
Directors serve a minimum of three years and resign at different intervals. This gives the opportunity for new directors to come on board on a regular basis whilst also ensuring continuity within the committee.
The CIC is currently seeking two new directors to make up the full board. If you live in Norwood Green, have some spare time and want to make a difference to the village, please get in touch. The CIC is particularly interested in someone with a financial or accounting background to join the board, and also someone with experience of community engagement
THE CIC STORY
From 2017 to the present day
‘New Project’ Viability Discussed
Further meetings take place to discuss the viability of the ‘New Project’
(Courtesy of Residents Association Minutes 8th May 2018)
Details published in the Norwood Green News
Details of proposed ‘Mini Norwood Green Council’ appear on the ‘Norwood Green News’ as a method of raising funds for improvement projects
(Courtesy of the Norwood Green News – June 2018)
The Project is Named
The new project is given an initial name – ‘Make Norwood Green a Better Place to Live’ – at the Residents Association meeting
(Courtesy of the Residents Association Minutes 12th March 2019)
Full Presentation to Residents Association
A full presentation of the Norwood Green ‘ A Better Place to Live’ project is given by Andy Mear at the Residents Association, outlining how the proposal is likely to work. Around 50 residents attended this meeting.
The First Open Residents Meeting
A specific open meeting takes place for village residents, following a leaflet drop to all houses in the village notifying of the event. The village hall was packed with many needing to stand during the meeting.
This was followed up by emails to all those who registered interest and volunteers were invited to form the first committee.
The Inaugural Meeting of the New Committee
The new ‘Committee’ meet at the Old White Beare for the inaugural meeting. Initial members were Andy Mear, Andy Peers, Tim Booth, Marc Salama, Steve Waring, Jonathan Dent, Ian Woodall and Jonnie Carroll. Tim, Marc and Steve were not present and gave their apologies.
2nd Leaflet Drop to Village Households
A further leaflet drop to every village household took place to notify of 2 open events to take place in March 2020. Notification of these events were also posted in December 2019 and March 2020 ‘Norwood Green News’
Open Events in Village Hall
Two open events take place in the Village Hall. The events detailed the strategy, governance and initial projects. The events are attended by over 100 residents where feedback forms were filled in and data collected.
The CIC Is Officially Formed
18th September 2020 ‘Norwood Green Better Place CIC’ is formed and registered at Companies House.
3rd Leaflet Drop To All Village Households
A third leaflet drop to every village household takes place detailing the aspirations of the newly formed committee. In addition, almost 150 residents have signed up to the Norwood Green database and receive updates relating to the CIC via email
First Public Meeting of the CIC
The first opportunity for residents of Norwood Green to meet the directors of the CIC and to find out about the initiatives that the CIC are working on for the benefit of the village
The meeting was held online via Zoom, due to Covid restrictions
53 households and over 70 residents joined the meeting