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Published on May 10th, 2017 | by Patrick Mckay

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Board of Trustees dissolve St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra (SMASO) Charity.

On Sunday 30th April 2017, it was made public that the board of trustees for St Michael’s Youth Project (SMYP) had chosen to dissolve the registered charity. St Michael’s Youth Project has been running for 20 years and from this entity came the birth of St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra (SMA3SO). St Michael’s Youth Project has seen over 3000 participating young people from Brent and surrounding boroughs through primary & secondary school education, college and into employment, with over 250 members going on to university. 

St Michael’s Youth Project is seen as a positive attribute to the community and this work should not be halted due to the trustees apparent lack of both vision and interest.

There was no warning or prior notification given by the trustees who have previously said “There is no intention of closing the project but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some significant problems”- Ann John OBE, former leader of Brent Council and board of trustee, [Brent and Kilburn Times, Thursday August 18, 2016]. However, the trustees took the liberty of ordering a skip and then disposed of instruments and equipment on April 30th 2016. This was on the the same day Patrick McKay – Project Coordinator was earlier injured (ruptured his Achilles Tendon) on the premises. 

St Michael’s Youth Project has been homeless since October 15th as we were notified by Rev Ron Herbert and wardens that we had to leave our home of 20 years, again with no significant warning. It was stated that “The trustees are working extremely hard to find alternative premises and keep this project going.” –  Ann John OBE, former leader of Brent Council and board of trustee, [Brent and Kilburn Times, Thursday October 6, 2016], however the total opposite has taken place. 

Thanks to the operating team, its members and support from the local community, we are currently running sessions and have been doing this since the farewell concert on October 15th 2016, despite the obstacles presented by the trustees. 

Despite the Steel Orchestra winning “Best band on the Road” at London Notting Hill Carnival 2016, having met The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William and played the ‘Last Post’ for HRH and those who attended the memorial service for those who died during WW1, in October, the trustees will be putting a stop to the successful outcomes of the youth project, the orchestra and the participating children and young people if the dissolution is finalised.

Prior to this notification to dissolve St Michael’s Youth Project in order to ensure continuity,  a memorandum of understanding was publicly presented to those trustees who attended the St Michael & All Angels Church Annual General Meeting. 

This was a request for the current board of trustees to hand the governance of the charity to those who are passionate and will continue with the charity’s aims and mission, which was originally set by the PCC of St Michael & All Angels Church in 1996, when the youth project first formed.

We are asking for your help through writing a (final) letter of support initially to the chair and Trustees of St Michael’s Youth Project and the Charity Commission. The aim here is that we do not have to restart as a new charity and lose the funds that was raised by the members for specific activities. Do please write to the Trustees as it is hoped that your support will cause them to reconsider away from closure as the preferred option. For more information or to show your support, also send an email to smyplondon@gmail.com and they will be redirected to the appropriate persons.

 

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This is a link of the paper where they quoted that there was no intention of closing the youth project (charity) down.

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=d21a6f89-4154-4e95-83e9-d40bc9d83e25

 

The link for the 2nd quotation

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=d8c33cf1-a76b-49c0-91ad-4b0135aa5b00&pnum=4

 

 

Candice Falconer 

Team SMYP London

St Michael’s Youth Project

Registered Charity No:  1144390

Charity Exempt Number: X67558

St Michael and All Angels Church,

Hillside, Stonebridge,

NW10 8LB

 


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