BPD Community is a young organisation with enthusiasm and energy, keen to get on with making a difference. The focus from the start has been to do what it could to achieve it's mission to replace stigma and discrimination and create a community to support recovery. Concurrently, it has worked hard to ensure that the work is both transparent and reflects good governance. Our Annual Reports are a reflection of the stages of development in our organisation. As the organisation has developed its creativity, flexibility, adaptability and growth is evident.
annual report for 2019-2020
The year was productive as BPD Community continued to build its strength as an organisation. The foundations of the organisation were reinforced with our second audited report and an ongoing review of our strategic plan. Our volunteer workforce was supported with the development of our Volunteer Program, again we were reminded that our best resources are our people.
And then COVID-19 struck and we quickly adapted to going online. Our Info Nights could not be held, so we produced some videos and newsletters specifically targetted at supporting our community in COVID times. The Family & Friends Group successfully transferred to Zoom and now we could support people who could not attend face to face meetings. Submissions and representations to the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health were a main focus throughout out the year. As we approached the end of the year, the opportunity for an internal restructure was irresistible and we reorganised to build efficiency and effectiveness, preparing for the new reality of COVID times.
The year ending 2019 was a year of building and consolidation. Still reliant on volunteers to undertake the work of the organisation, the financial capacity of the organisation is limited, but nonetheless the wealth of the organisation is its people. And our community continues to grow year after year; we fill a big gap in the system and our work is much needed.
The year began with a Strategic Review undertaken by Wendy Brooks Consulting and the focus of the year was in implementing the recommendations of that review. Meanwhile our Information Program continued to follow the successful format developed and the Family & Friend's Group continued to develop it's work. The Ambassador Program run mid year was successful and our first Ambassador, Joanne Switserloot was congratulated at the mid year Info Night.
The organisation's greatest challenge is to develop its capacity to implement the much needed programs that will make a difference in the lives of people with lived experience of BPD. It is hoped that the Federal Productivity Commission and the Victorian Royal Commission will make it easier for independent, peer-led, grassroots organisations such as ours to represent and to meet the needs of our community.