AGM 2020

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Monday, 27th January 2020 at 19:00

As time marches on and the time draws near for our AGM, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what’s been happening at NWKLEUS over the past year.

2019 was a very busy year for NWKLEUS. Some large, and at times, challenging tasks were undertaken but with very positive results. The focus has been on the transformation of the former Youth Project building, which began at Easter time with every room being repainted, and saw positive Partnership working between ourselves and the Rathbone project. Everyone involved did a wonderful job and the results, I’m sure you will agree, speak for themselves. Our community is full of talent and being part of the redecoration process gave people a chance to showcase theirs as well as help to boost their confidence. Many thanks to Sharnelle Gillies for her amazing abstract artwork on the wall of the Arts & Crafts room and to everyone else for their patience and guidance in making it happen.

April saw the opening of the very successful Community Larder project which enables anyone to take out a membership at a cost of £1 per year. They can then purchase food for as little as 5 items for £1. What an amazing bargain! Simply pop along on a Thursday at 12 noon and sign up no matter what your circumstances are. The project has seen their membership soar to over 150 people and now has plans to renovate a room in the main building which will be their new permanent base. They hope to open several days per week in the future when the work has been completed. The project will work alongside the existing Food Bank.

On 15th June 2019 we hosted an open day. This saw the official unveiling of the new name and logo for the building…NWKLEUS (nucleus…. the central and most important part of an object, movement or group forming the basis for its activity and growth) …. The centre of our community.

The design had been created by Tulisa Webb, age 7 of Onthank Primary who successfully managed to win a competition offered to all three local primary schools. The children were simply given the name and had to create a logo accordingly. Tulisas’ entry was one of 500, very beautiful and talented entries that came back, each one being scrutinised carefully by the Board. However, there could be only one overall winner and the feeling was that Tulisa had captured the whole meaning of the word in her design as seen at the top of the page and on the building itself.

The day was a great success with over 200 people attending. The Community Café provided refreshments with fresh home baking on the day, and had the opportunity to set the tables out in such a fashion as to showcase how the café will look on a more permanent basis in the near future, which would result in it being able to open more regularly with the help of more volunteers. Changes have been made to the kitchen area, with the help of the apprentices at East Ayrshire Council, who very kindly built an ‘island’ in the middle to create more storage space and work surface. All of these changes have required a lot of, time and effort from everyone involved, to plan, negotiate, organise and execute.

North West Archery Club offered taster sessions on the day which proved to be fun for all and created an opportunity to enlist new members. Overall NWKLEUS has become much busier than last year with events and activities. Neill Patton from LinkUp has been very proactive introducing several new groups such as the Cooking Group, Mens’ Shed and Tai Chi to name a few. A full list of activities can be found on the events calendar on our website,

As with other projects people come and go and in September we said farewell to our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Jane McFadzean who, in her time with us, made a huge impact and many positive changes, one of which being the driving force behind the former Youth Project transformation. We wish her well for the future.

Now the details for the AGM which will be held on:

Monday 27th January 2020 at 7pm in NWKLEUS. Only registered members are eligible to attend the AGM and vote.

After some consultation with Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, OSCR and East Ayrshire Council we have made changes to the format and election process for potential Board Members at this event. By implementing this process we hope to enlist the help of people who are committed to ensuring that Kilmarnock North West Community Partnership (KNWCP) meets its obligations and responsibilities both legally as a registered charity and morally to its members, customers and suppliers.

All relevant information you will require regarding this and an application form has been sent to members by post. If you wish to join the Board, please complete and submit to myself, either by post or handing in to the above address, no later than Thursday 2nd January 2020. If you have not received this pack, please contact Eleanor to request a copy.

The Board will then meet on Monday 6th January to select potential candidates for interview from their applications.

We, as a Board acting on behalf of the Kilmarnock North West Community Partnership, would like to take this time to thank each and every person who has helped over the past year, whether as a volunteer, an employee, an advisor or a customer for their guidance, patience and continued support over the last year. It has been an incredible journey so far and one which we hope to continue, with your help, for many years to come.

Thank you

Eleanor Rennie

On behalf of the Board for Kilmarnock North West Community Partnership