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General Synod 2001: Reports - Board for Social Responsibility (NI)

board for social responsibility (NI)

report 2001

Membership

House of Bishops
 

The Rt Rev JE Moore, Bishop of Connor (Chairman)

Elected Members
 

Mrs SL Ayling

Mothers’ Union, Down & Dromore

Rev JNT Campbell

Down, Dromore & Connor Social Services Committee

Dr J Evans

Men’s Society

Rev D Ferry

Derry Diocese

Mr G Glenn

Derry Diocese

Captain C Harris

Church Army

Very Rev TR Moore

Clogher Diocese

Mrs R Mullen

Church of Ireland Youth Department

Rev J Pickering

Armagh Diocese

Mrs P Scott

Mothers’ Union, Connor

Mr R Stinson

Down, Dromore & Connor Social Services Committee

Rev RC Thompson

Clogher Diocese

Mrs J Thompson

Down, Dromore & Connor Social Services Committee

Dr J Turner

Down, Dromore & Connor Social Services Committee

Rev ASJ Warke (Honorary Secretary)

Armagh Diocese

Mrs J Whiteside

Role of the Church Committee

Co-opted Members
 

Rev Canon GF Anderson

Ms H Miskimmin (deceased)

Mrs R Bailie (resigned September 2000)

Mr JTN McGaffin (Vice Chairman)

Rev G Clunie

Mr GS Shaw (Honorary Treasurer)

Lt Col CGH Filor

Mr TN Wilson

Staff
 

Mr Ian Slaine

BSR Manager

Mrs P Gilbert

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Mrs M Giff

Sessional Social Worker

Mrs M Walker

Administrator

Work of the Board

The Board is a provider of a range of social work/care services:

The Church of Ireland Adoption Society provides social work services to women with an unplanned pregnancy, couples wishing to adopt, adult adoptees seeking access to birth records, and anyone touched by adoption.

The Fertility Counselling Service is linked to the Regional Fertility Centre at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast.  This service is for couples coping with the emotional stresses associated with infertility investigations and treatments.

Financial Assistance to Families and Individuals in Need is a practical form of caring in which financial assistance is provided to people in need referred by clergy and social work agencies.

In addition the Board is involved in:

·    The provision of training courses on social issues relevant to the pastoral role of clergy.

·    Commenting on social issues and proposed legislation.

Work Highlights

The main social work services provided by the Board remain in the fields of Adoption and Fertility Counselling.

The Adoption Society provides a service to complement Statutory Social Services.  In 2000 the Society developed close working relationships with a number of agencies – including Chester Diocesan Adoption Services, Cheshire Social Services, The Scottish Adoption Association and The Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust.  The Society recognises ‘joint working’ as the way of maintaining present and developing future services.

The Fertility Counselling Service linked to The Regional Fertility Centre is a unique social work service provision in Northern Ireland.  Mrs Patricia Gilbert, Senior Social Work Practitioner, is a member of the Executive Committee of The British Infertility Counselling Association.

In 2000 the Board welcomed Mrs Margaret Giff on a sessional social work basis.  In part, her arrival helped with increasing demands for services.  In addition her work ‘freed up’ time for the professional staff to attend relevant training courses.  The courses and the replacement social work hours were generously funded by The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Funding the Board

The Board receives funding from a range of sources to meet staff and other operating costs.  Sources include:

The General Synod Priorities Fund – Grant Allocation

Parish and Diocesan Donations

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety – Core Grant Aid

The Regional Fertility Centre – Contract for Services Provided

Health and Social Services Trusts – Fees for Services Provided

Trust Funds – for Specific Work/Projects an example being Hopedene Trust

Voluntary Donations – from Service Users

See accounts for more details.

Death of Miss Helen Miskimmin MBE

The death of Miss Helen Miskimmin on 14 December 2000 came as a shock to Board members and staff.  Helen was a committed member of the Board who also served on the General Purpose and Finance Committee and she was Chairperson of The Adoption Panel of the Church of Ireland Adoption Society.  Helen will be greatly missed by staff, Board members and users of our services.


Financial Summary for the Year Ended 31 March 2000
(being an extract from the latest audited accounts)

Revenue Statement

 

2000

1999

INCOME

£

%

£

%

Donations & Subscriptions

 

 

 

 

Dioceses:

 

 

 

 

Armagh

2,610

 

2,390

 

Clogher

1,145

 

865

 

Connor

5,115

 

3,742

 

Derry and Raphoe

1,965

 

1,976

 

Down and Dromore

4,317

 

5,075

 

Kilmore

355

 

-

 

 

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15,507

 

14,048

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church of Ireland Priorities Fund

10,000

 

9,000

 

Dean of Belfast’s Christmas Sit Out
(for Fertility Counselling Work)


2,000

 


2,000

 

Churches Welfare Association
(for IT equipment & Poster campaign)


1,500

 


3,000

 

Lloyd’s TSB Charitable Trust
(for publicity campaign)


1,000

 


1,500

 

Ulster Garden Villages Trust

500

 

-

 

Anonymous

826

 

1,364

 

 

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31,333

27.9%

30,912

30.0%

 

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For Services Provided

 

 

 

 

Royal Maternity Hospital – Fertility Counselling

20,893

 

11,634

 

Relate Courses for Clergy and other Income

4,363

 

4,594

 

 

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25,256

22.5%

16,228

15.7%

 

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From Investments and Funds on Deposit
Including Last Year Capital Gain on Stock Disposal

 

 

 

 

 

7,766

6.9%

10,765

10.4%

 

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2000

1999

 

£

%

£

%

Grants From

 

 

 

 

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety:

 

 

 

 

Core

32,340

 

31,520

 

Specific

1,228

 

1,221

 

 

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33,568

29.9%

32,741

31.7%

 

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For Charitable Disbursement:

 

 

 

 

BBC Children in Need

6,050

 

5,000

 

Dean of Belfast’s Christmas Sit Out
(for persons in need)


3,000

 


3,000

 

Lord Mayor of Belfast’s Welfare Fund

2,270

 

2,030

 

Protestant Orphan Society for The Counties of Antrim and Down


3,000

 


2,500

 

 

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14,320

12.8%

12,530

12.2%

 

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Total Income

£112,243

100%

£103,176

100%

 

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2000

1999

EXPENDITURE

£

%

£

%

General

 

 

 

 

Staff Costs

57,685

51.4%

54,158

52.5%

Other Operating Charges

35,470

31.6%

32,613

31.6%

 

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93,155

83.0%

86,771

84.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Charitable Disbursements

10,810

9.6%

13,267

12.8%

 

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Total Expenditure

£103,965

92.6%

£100,038

96.9%

 

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SURPLUS

£8,278

7.4%

£3,138

3.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Copies of the statutory accounts along with supporting schedules are available on request at the Board’s office.