Dissolving of the Centre
This is not, I’m afraid, a very Christmassy message, but I wanted to let you know, that at the Special General Meeting on December 6th the members present unanimously supported the proposal put forward by the Board of Trustees and voted in favour of dissolving the Centre.
At the meeting we were able to reflect, in answering members’ questions, on the main reasons which had led the trustees to recommend closure, and to me at least personally this felt helpful as a way of clarifying the situation we found ourselves in and of bringing things to a proper, if regretful, conclusion.
We have been warmed by the expressions of support and appreciation of our activities we have received. And more tellingly, our regrets at ending have been ameliorated by the fact that the Trustees plan, once the Centre is dissolved, to set up a legacy fund using the remaining capital together with a very generous promise of a continuing grant from the benefactor who has supported us so faithfully during the past years. Although our plans for the fund have yet to be fully worked out, our intention is that it will provide grants to support social workers undertaking education or projects (such as therapeutic work, research, further study) relating to relationship based practice.
The timing of all this is a little uncertain, but we envisage that we shall have drawn our various current projects to a close by April 2020 with the charity finally being dissolved in May/June. We also plan to hold in London a final conference to celebrate the work of the Centre on Friday May 1st so please put this date in your diaries.
With my thanks for your past support of the Centre, and in the hope of your continuing engagement with relationship-based practice and with us however differently we may be formed.
All good wishes
Kate Wilson Chair