Star date: 10th February 2017


Controversial Salford charity, Inspiring Communities Together (ICT), which employed bouncers on the door of its AGM, faced protests over gagging of members claims, and had a local councillor labelling some staff 'control freaks', is to bring in an independent mediator to try and smooth things out.

A statement by new ICT Chair, Mike Duddy, issued today, acknowledges 'a difficult period of development', appreciates that 'we will not always get things right', argues that there's 'no evidence' of corruption and explains that members should 'try to work together to find positive solutions'...

Full details here...

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It's been a controversial period for Salford charity, Inspiring Communities Together (ICT), during which community concerns have come to a head about the way it spends £90,000 of public money, a legacy of the £53million Charlestown and Lower Kersal project which ended in 2011.

Last December, members, the ICT Chair, Ray Walker, and local councillor Stephen Ord spoke out in the Salford Star about the state of the charity, with the councillor accusing the previous Chair and the CEO... "It would appear they have acted out of greed; power grabbing control freaks and self interest on a number of occasions..." (see previous Salford Star article – click here)

Since then, East Salford Community Committee has demanded answers on the running of the charity from Salford City Council, which is accountable for the £90,000 (see here). And ICT member, Graham Cooper, protested outside the organisation's offices at Salford Innovation Forum, complete with a gag to highlight how, as a whistleblower on ICT's activities, the charity had attempted to silence him (see here).

When Graham Cooper turned up at ICT's Annual General Meeting last week, he was met with three bouncers employed by ICT to keep him out (see here)

At that AGM, Graham was eventually allowed access and the members voted in a new Chair, Mike Duddy, who has since been meeting all sides to try and calm things down. Today, he told the Salford Star that an independent mediator will be brought in to investigate ICT, while confirming that he will be present at the next meeting of East Salford Community Committee to answer any questions from the community.

Mike Duddy also issued a formal statement today, acknowledging 'a difficult period of development', appreciating that 'we will not always get things right', arguing that there has been `no evidence of corruption', and explaining that members should `try to work together to find positive solutions'. He also gives his email for anyone wanting to 'discuss concerns'.

The full statement reads...

"The Board of Trustees of Inspiring Communities Together (ICT) would like to take
this opportunity to thank all those who have offered support during the past few
months whilst the organisation has been through a difficult period of development.

Some members of the organisation have become frustrated about some of the
methods of working adopted by ICT and have chosen to use social media to air
those frustrations - the Board have rightly taken the decision to conduct their
business through their own policies and procedures rather than join in the
conversation through social media.

Throughout this period there has been no evidence that any trustee or member of staff has acted in an unlawful or corrupted way. The organisation is accountable not only to its members but to the Charity Commission and our funders including Salford City Council and neither of these organisations have given any indication that the organisation is not acting in accordance with the regulations set by them.

As the newly elected Chair of ICT I appreciate that as a small Charity we will not
always get things right but I can assure the membership, our stakeholders and
funders that the Board of Trustees are always happy to discuss concerns with people and try to work together to find positive solutions. I can be contacted via

I have already met with some of you to discuss your concerns and hope that over the
next few months we can all start to work together for the benefit of the residents of
Charlestown and Lower Kersal and support our staff team to continue to deliver the
positive work many of you heard about during our recent Annual General Meeting.

Please follow this link to discover more about the great work ICT carries out in

The trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their continued
commitment to delivering a quality service during this difficult time and conducting
themselves in a professional manner whilst working out in the community. The
commitment and integrity of all our staff has never been in question and as trustees
we continue to have complete trust in our CEO to support and grow the organisation
in line with the aspirations of both the trustees and the community."

Yours sincerely
Mike Duddy
Inspiring Communities Together

Also agree with Shirley wrote
at 1:02:38 AM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Councillor Steve Ord was spot on when he described ICT. Power grabbing CEO, former Chair and a board who support these people no matter what. Thank you Salford Star for showing your readers true comments. ICT need to start to listen to the community.
Agree with Shirley wrote
at 5:48:02 AM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Yes I agree that Councillor Steven Ord was spot on with his findings regarding ICT board members. Sadly it seems nothing has changed. The power grabbing people are still power grabbing and still taking control, they have no shame.
In Reply wrote
at 12:06:57 AM on Thursday, March 8, 2018
I am sure if you look at the board members of ICT you would be shocked to learn just how few members live in the Charlestown and Lower Kersal area. Yet this board has the say on just where and how the £90.000 is spent every year. What a disgrace this so called Charitiy is when the local people have no say as to where their annunity of £90.000 is spent. Remember it is community money but SCC hand it over to ICT. How sad and unfair is this. The CEO and former chair are obsessed with taking control of all Charlestown and Lower Kersal and both areas are on the decline. No community support or guidance, no support for community groups, no investment into environmental projects. No grants for grass root community groups, No help with start up grants. And the list goes on and on. A question " Just what has the new chair done to change things and the answer is NOTHING. ?? Another question " why are there not more residents living in Charlstown and Lower Kersal on the ICT board " ? ?
I’m just better and cleverer than inspiring communities wrote
at 5:56:53 PM on Monday, March 5, 2018
How come inspiring communities together justify themselves , asking that professional people to join the board , not local people, Not people who have lived there over 50 years great knowledge of the area and have superb local knowledge , how can the current board make this decision before the AGM, The majority of the board are local people so all shall step down as a majority of the board as it stands Are NOTprofessionals , How can ICT say we are working on supporting the local community , When they don’t want all local people on that board , we are not thick or stupid and like to know via the chair on this disgraceful attitude towards NOT letting the community have a say. Just seems to be more controlled by the big big boss who she thinks she is, the CEO.
at 4:47:35 AM on Sunday, March 4, 2018
It is so sad that ICT put nothing whatsoever into improving our environment. It is so sad that ICT do nothing to improve the area. Question is just what do they do with £90,000 each year ? Nothing to improve the area.
Mike Bennet wrote
at 1:01:51 AM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A question, why when ICT get £93,000 every year do they put nothing into improving the environment? The chair of ICT speaks about improving our environment yet ICT do nothing to improve the Charlestown and Lower Kersal environment. What a very sad orginastion that do nothing to help improve the area of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. Nothing changes SCC you need to get your act together because you look foolish to say the least.
Shirley wrote
at 2:49:44 AM on Friday, February 23, 2018
Sadly I have to agree Councillor Steve Ord was spot on with his observations regarding the controlling people within ICT. My next door neighbor who is a member of ICT has shared the letter he has received from ICT saying the next members who are excepted onto the ICT board must be only allowed if the now board members except them because they need to meet a criteria. Question, What criteria did the board themselves have to meet ??? None. What a total farce. The very few controlling people, AMP, BE, RP and GS keep taking control of Charlestown and Lower Kersal it is very sad for the communities. These people should feel ashamed but maybe they are so arrogant that they do not except that they are at fault.
GC/qwerty wrote
at 1:05:15 AM on Sunday, February 18, 2018
Reading these comments say, no local people needed, just professional highly skilled business people, maybe at the AGM, the board need to also step down, As. They are not professional.s themselves, who think they are, you all think you are better,ICT. Stick it up all your arse, true bullshitters you are, a bit like this Tory government,shit on their own
at 12:57:05 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018
Had a phone call tonight from a friend telling me they had received a letter from ICT telling them that the board will choose who can be considered as future board members. The ICT board now chooses who they allow on the ICT board. Nothing changes regarding the ICT board, they decide just who they allow. It would not matter if the application had PHD in the criteria ICT put as essential because if the name doesn't fit they have no chance. There name would not even make the AGM and the community all know this. The control people of ICT strike yet again and get away with it yet again. Councillor Steve Ord was spot on in his observations.
Another very concerned local resident wrote
at 1:12:26 AM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Answers to so many questions from the community as to where the £93,000 goes every year. Just maybe it goes down the drain ? Just ask the local residents what they think and what they see of the £93,000. Just when will SCC do something about this? probably never.
Local Resident wrote
at 12:44:12 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018
After reading all the many comments about ICT I am at a loss as to why SCC does not open an enquiry regarding the running of the organisation. It is very clear this organisation is not listening or taking into account the voice of the community. Questions need to be asked as just where the £93,000 annunity is going every year because the community all say they see nothing of the £93,000 so the big question is where is this money going every year ????? Certainly not into the community?????
Bernard Hutton wrote
at 12:41:34 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018
Very well said (the last wrote) I have also attended the ESCC meeting many times and many local councillors along with community members have challenged ICT but SCC along with the ICT Chair, CEO and board members and the board includes a local councillor have all supported and defended ICT rather than listen to the community. I myself live in Broughton yet I can understand why the residents of Charlestown are upset and dissapointed regarding the lack of support and the lack of money they receive from the £92,000 they deserve. It really is a disgrace and I feel sorry for the residents of Charlestown.
at 5:14:35 AM on Thursday, February 8, 2018
After attending ESCC for many months and listening to the residents and the Chair of ICT and the local councillor who supports ICT. I am at a loss to understand just why any residents would support ICT as it gives nothing back into the community and nothing into environmental projects. Question why does the chair of ICT and the local councillor not back our community rather than supporting the CEO and board members who have been controlling ICT for many years. Very Sad but very true.
Norman Reece wrote
at 1:40:51 AM on Monday, February 5, 2018
Well said disgraceful. ICT invest nothing of the £92:000 that they get handed from Salford Council every year. Nothing is invested in the environment of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. Our environment is at an all time low and we are living in a massive rubbish tip and let's say a thank you to NDC and ICT. 53 Million wasted from NDC and now £92:000 every year wasted through ICT. Questions need to be asked as to why nothing is invested into the environment, nothing is invested in local community grass root groups that reduce social isolation and the local community receive nothing it being support or financial assistance from ICT. A summery is that if you do not need to take advantage of the Tea and Tech training then nothing else is offered. This is such a sorry situation because the residents get nothing of the monies that should be for their environment and it is Salford Council and the councillor who sits on the ICT board supporting ICT before the local community. It would be good to see the local residents get to say just how the £92.000 is to be spent in the area. But sorry that this will never happen.
Disgraceful wrote
at 11:49:27 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2018
How can ICT say we are improving community ...All NDC ,CCTV all taken down, moerbikes harrasing hard working people on pavements that should be a safe area to walk, crime up, fly tipping up, rats and mice up in numbers, alleyways and streets piled op with bin bags and dog muck, Never see your Councilliors to be seen anymore and ICT keep saying, Improving Communities....my arse.
at 10:25:01 PM on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Well said Joe Braidy, NDC spent £53 Million on wages and the question is what else. The area is at an all time low and NDC did nothing to improve the area. The worse thing is NDC learned nothing from their wasted £53 Million and now ICT (same the now CEO and the former chair ) are handed £90,000 every year from SCC. What does this say to the Charlstown community? What is ICT doing with the £90,000 every year for our community? Just ask the residents and they will tell you they do nothing. Why do SCC not listen to residents rather than looking at paper boxes. Just sums up SCC.
Joe Braidy wrote
at 2:04:37 AM on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
I live in Charlestown and have done for the last 40 years. I am at a loss to think just what NDC did for the area. 53 Million wasted and paid in wages especially the Chair who everyone believed was a local volunteer when in fact she was taking her money every month from the 53 Million. Now ICT the organisation taking the £90.000 annuity again pays wages yet delivers nothing to the local residents ( except the chosen few ) It is said that the annuity is for the local people yet the local people see nothing. SCC do nothing to put things right even the local councillor puts them before the local residents. Just when will justice prevail.
at 4:12:09 AM on Thursday, January 25, 2018
Maybe the elected councillor for Charlestown has been fooled by ICT as have so many very educated people. Why would she put the power controlling and manipulating people at ICT before the very people who voted for her ? Questions need to be asked. An explanation from our councillor would be welcome.
Mike Redford wrote
at 12:56:54 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018
Local Councillor for Charlestown just listen to the community who voted for you and support them as they supported you.
Mike Bennet wrote
at 2:21:36 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
It is a shame that the an elected councillor for the Charlestown area just dismissed the valid concerns of the very people who voted them as their local councillor. Instead the councillor supports and works with Inspiring Communities Together ignoring the voice of the community members, keeping Salford City Council happy but even worse putting Inspiring Communities Together before the very people who elected them and who believed the councillor would support them. I am sure this is a mistake and that lessons should and can be learned. Charlestown resident is right.
Charlestown Residents wrote
at 12:47:51 AM on Monday, January 15, 2018
Previous comments understood and valued. Questions that need to be asked " What Counsillors support the community? And which Councillor supports and backs ICT " We all need to remember this at voting time. Is it ICT or SCC who vote for the zlocal councillors or is it our community ? Very sad that the councillor for Charlestown is supporting ICT rather than the community who voted for them. I am sure the community will remember this when they next vote and that is sad.
at 12:47:46 AM on Monday, January 15, 2018
Well in reply to wrote. The local councillors just want votes but which Charlestown Councillor supports ICT before the community, only one. Well remember this at voting time. Yes it is very true that our community now just want to support the elected councillors who support our community rather than those who are supporting SCC and ICT. Worth remembering at voting time !!!!!!!!!
at 3:00:20 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018
In response to Elizabeth Knowles comments, as is the Chair and CEO & Salford City Council are well aware of the concerns of the people of the area who have simply lost faith in the whole comedy, Circus act that is simply embarrassing on their behalf. Where in these comments, do I see praise fot ICT, only by the Chair, who thinks he’s very clever by slamming residents views and concerns, it’s really ia worrying concern of the antics of this organisation who work with all residents, we as a great community community clearly don’t like having our noses rubbed into dog muck as seen all over this City. Where do the shy and only come out on election time Councillors in all this, some bloody great support they’ve been, And Chair of ICT, don’t criticise my comments, because they are simply so true, So ICT or better known as Incompetent, criticising tarts.
Elizabeth Knowles wrote
at 1:50:02 AM on Sunday, January 14, 2018
All the comments regarding Inspiring Communities Charitiy and there are numerous that should be taken seriously. So many community residents voice their concerns yet it seems nobody from the Inspiring Communities Charity or Salford Council want to listen or take note of the very serious and justified concerns of the communities of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. When will somebody take action regarding the concerns ?
at 12:36:42 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018
After reading all the comments regarding the Inspiring Communities Together so called Charity. I ask the question " has anybody reported their concerns to the Charity Commission ? " The residents of Lower Kersal and Charlestown are clearly very concerned with what is being delivered from Inspiring Communities Charity. This should set alarm bells ringing as I understand the annunity given to this so called Charity from Salford Council (who have not and will never take the concerns of the residents into account) should be for the residents and improving the area. It is very clear that nothing is being invested into the environment, nothing is being invested in improving the area, nothing is being invested in providing support and financial support for grass root community groups. It is very clear that the The Inspiring Communities Charity look after themselves and want to take control of all Lower Kersal and Charlestown. The question is WHY and just who wants the control and after again reading all the previous comments it becomes very clear to everyone just who the power mad people are and they should be ashamed. Let's all hope that SCC will finally see what's happening but we all know that is very unlikely.
Steve.J wrote
at 12:35:28 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018
Charlestown Forum..its iyour chance to have your say about ICT, and the shitty courses it delivers, and Keymolt about the demolition and newbuild houses and the crap in the area, meeting takes place Thursday 25th January 3 PM at St Sebastian’s Community Centre ,Douglas Green .
Steve J wrote
at 1:45:45 AM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Duddy, A Disgrace, slagging us locals off, when really we tell the truth, step down for the goodo of The area, I will leave you With this YouTube clip..so true, I encourage you all to share the link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VwoFr9xnkY&feature=share
Ray Hodgkiss wrote
at 1:01:39 AM on Sunday, January 7, 2018
OMG trying to steal the limelight again ICT. You are not fooling the community Mr Duddy so hold your hands up and be honest with the residents of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. Honesty and admitting mistakes just makes the residents give you respect but providing sad excuses just makes ICT look more of a scandal than it is. Mr Duddy listen to the community and work out just how to solve the very distressing concerns from the community instead of trying to cover things up and dismissing the concerns.
at 1:15:20 AM on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Tech and Tea course, same course year after year. All the community have had enough of this course. Why not get something new and innovative for the residents? Maybe because you just repeat what you provide year after year. Just about sums up ICT. What a shame that £90,000 a year is wasted when it should be invested into the community. No investment into the environment or community groups who after all are the mainstay of our community. Questions " Where does the £90.000 go every year ?" Only ICT know the answer and our community ask "Just where does this money do because we see nothing whatsoever of this £90.000". What a shambles and terrible disregard of the communities money. Why should ICT be allowed to do as they please and waste this innunity as they please. Please reply Mr Mike Duddy.
Beryl Norbury wrote
at 1:14:18 AM on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Dear Mr Mike Duddy, Would you not agree that the incentive and indeed the whole idea of the joinery course was in fact a Keepmoat inicitive and indeed the whole idea of the joinery course was in fact a Keepmoat inicitive and not your inicitive. ICT always seem to take all credit for other organisations inicitives. This kind of very selfish attitude does not help I CT. You need to stop taking other people's credit. Keepmoat needs to start to work independently. Mr Mike Duddy please be honest and name all involved in attributing to the mentioned programme. Do not just take all the credit for yourself and ICT. Your taking all the credit attitude just about sums up ICT. How sad.
Mike Duddy, Chair, Inspiring Communities Together wrote
at 6:44:03 AM on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Am looking forwards to meeting you all in person - at our upcoming community forums,or at community committee... As always... i can be contacted via mike@inspiringcommunitiestogether.co.uk ...............A special message for Bob........... Many years ago I attended night classes at Salford College to do a joinery course.... its been one of the best things I've ever done. I agree with you that there are lots of youngsters in Salford who would benefit from attending Salford College as there are many young school leavers who leave with nothing, no qualifications, no skills and not much ambition... for me this is one of the saddest things about Salford...... to that end I helped ICT run a trial project last summer in conjunction with Keepmoat homes. We worked with 12 young people who had been identified by their high schools as being at risk of leaving school without having any qualifications, or a place on any courses in the future or an offer of a job... Using the joinery skills I learnt at Salford College, we showed these youngsters what life was like on a modern construction site, and then using simple tools, sheets of ply and drainage pipes we created a supersize nest box to become a Sandmartin nest box/colony which we then sited on the banks of the river irwell.... all of these 12 young people really enjoyed their time, enjoyed a relaxed work environment rather than a school environment, met a prospective employer, met land managers and agents from the forestry commission etc . they ALL went on to construction based courses in September and have ambitions to make something of themselves.. ICT will be repeating this project in summer 2018 with even more youngsters.... I don't mind taking the flak on here Bob ... at least it shows people care about their local community..... its just a shame that people are so negative when there are so many positive things that can be achieved when people work together..... some of the posts are even quite funny........ such as the one poster who said that our Tech and Tea course was a waste of time,,, and then within 24 hours someone else said that they had to ask their grandson to look something up on companies house for him...... sometimes whatever we do... we can't win... but thats life isnt it.
at 3:05:08 AM on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Chair, How do you advertise your job vacancies because I never see them , but looking at your staff it’s a club, run by club for their club, A vast majority of staff are all female , there is no one there working with a disability and I’ve been told all interviews are chaired by the CEO, and all staff are personal friends of the CEO, lock we are not stupid idiots in this community we are quite clever how this situation is working out
A new poet wrote
at 11:19:45 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017
Inspiring Communities went to their big cupboard to get there big bundle of cash, but when they got there the cupboard was bare, they realise it’s been spent on their wage.
Another annoyed resident wrote
at 5:56:24 AM on Friday, December 29, 2017
In reply to Very annoyed resident. ICT do nothing to improve the environment they may ask local residents to clean the area and that's all. No monies from the annunity get spend improving the area just as no monies are given to support local community groups. Wages and selfishness comes to mind.
Very annoyed resident wrote
at 4:59:29 AM on Friday, December 29, 2017
Just been looking at inspiring community at different website, and I did have to laugh and giggle what people said we did, cleared rubbish on Concord place remove dog poo and put signs up everywhere, what a load of crap, this is Salford councils problem, you’re just doing their job, creating better places to live strengthening peoples voices bloody not done that near me, it also has a link to click on the latest newsletter doesn’t even bloody work, how can you inspire communities to come together when you don’t bloody involve us
at 2:21:49 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017
I think the comments by Brendan Mellor are spot on. Mike Duddy you need to listen to the community members and then take into account just how they feel about ICT. You can then come to a conclusion with regards where ICT should be going. Mr Mike Duddy you are just not listening to the community. If you take on board the concerns of the CHALK community you would then be able to work towards putting things right but you still brush everything under that ICT carpet. ICT needs a board that except they need to work with the community of Charlestown and Lower Kersal and except that they are not always right. Mr Mike Duddy you should speak to the board members and explaine that they also need to listen to the community and just where the community want the £90,000 each year to be spent. At this moment in time ICT are just a joke yet they are allowed to waste £90,000 every year in Charlestown and Lower Kersal. What a disgrace this is.
Brendan Mellor wrote
at 12:48:31 AM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Mr Mike Duddy you state that ICT has a policy of employing people who are local to the CHALK district. The question that should be asked is where Mr Duddy does the CEO of ICT live also where do you live. Also you say the two community workers take to the streets and we ask just which streets because our friends and neighbors have never heard of ICT. With regards to the local forum meetings, the attendance at the Charlestown forum was that there were more service providers than local residents and this just sums up ICT. Mr Duddy listen to the community and make much needed changes to the way ICT work with the local community. If changes do not happen the community will never trust ICT.
at 12:48:25 AM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Mr Kingston maybe Mr Duddy does deserve an award due to his naive attitude towards ICT and the CEO and Board members. He does not listen to the community members who voice their concerns and that is a mistake because if he did a little bit of research he would have a better understanding of why the community members feel like they do with regards ICT. Again I say he obviously does only listenen to the CEO and board members rather than our community members. That is a big mistake.
Mary Vurns award goes to.... wrote
at 3:07:24 AM on Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Please let’s hope Mr Duddy gets the Mary Burns award, fully deserved as Jim Royle says “Ny Arse”...yes it’s sad I’m writing this on Christmas Day, but I. In a. Works break, working for my community.
Dissapointed Charlestown Resident wrote
at 2:04:28 AM on Monday, December 25, 2017
In reply to wrote,The local councillors are invinsable until voting time. They have been watching and supporting ICT for years. They do not listen or acknowledge the concerns of the community members and one Charlestown Councillor supports ICT 100% before the community members who voted for her. Residents need to remember just who supported them and who stood up for their concerns when they next vote. On a more positive note "Thank You" Salford Star for sharing the communities concerns.
at 3:56:32 AM on Saturday, December 23, 2017
Christmas means the time of good will. And time to decide why Salford is going from bad to worse. Let us make a New Years resolution to reduce Salford Labour Council to a hung majority where they will have to listen to local people. This means taking away from Labour twelve safe seats that allow them to only have to door knock every 4 years for the £40,000 Councillor cash each gets personally during that period. Do the cash quiz, there are 60 of the payments plus a Mayor and Deputies enhancements.
Edmond Tattersall wrote
at 1:09:28 AM on Saturday, December 23, 2017
Mr Duddy with respect you keep going back to the ICT annual report but I need to remind you the annual report means nothing to the residents of Lower Kersal and Charlestown when they see nothing of the £90,000 annunity. Please can you tell our community just who decides where the £90,000 is spent and how many of the people making these important decisions live. Another question brought up in previous comments is why do ICT only use The Sports Village and St Sebastian's when there is other community venues that also need support like The Beacon Centre for example. These are just a couple of questions that the community needs answering. There are lots more questions but answers are always bypassed so the community ask just why They are never answered and ask time and time again just where does the £90,000 a year go because the community of Lower Kersal and Charlestown see nothing whatsoever of the annunity. Mr Duddy with respect until the community see benefits from the £90,000 and the problem is acknowledged nothing will change. Change needs to happen and happen soon.
Mike Duddy Chair ICT wrote
at 12:14:46 PM on Friday, December 22, 2017
There’s a lot of “agendas” flying about on here – so lets get back to a few facts. Here’s a link to our annual report from 2016/17 showing the work ICT did in the local community ………… https://tinyurl.com/y9sscc2c .......... As you can see if you read this report ICT spend only 37% of its income on staff salaries (a far lower % salary spend than many other comparable service providing charities in Salford) . ICT has an average salary cost of £13.5k – (again far far below other service providing charities in Salford) There are no fat cat salaries paid at ICT !!! …… And for readers of this thread who might be unaware, ICT has a policy of employing people who are local to the CHALK district – currently 80% of ICT staff are local to the CHALK district. ICT in addition to being a local community service provider offers employment opportunity for local people who in turn can support the local economy with their spending. Once the merger with the Lower Kersal Centre is completed, this ratio of local employment will rise to 88%.............................................................. With regards to comments about not being in touch with the local community, our two development workers regularly take to the streets of CHALK area with an ICT questionnaire asking for community feedback – over 200 questionnaires have been completed in 2017 by local residents, and we anticipate this number to increase over coming years. This feedback is generated from approaching local residents on a random basis, and gives us a fair overview of our standing within the community – a far more representative view than can be obtained by taking action on the many anonymous/same voices on this thread. ICT hold regular community forums throughout the year, and during the past 12 months 8 new projects have been developed from comments/proposals put forwards by members of the local community who have attended. These forums are purposely held in two different locations, and at different times of the day to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend… I urge everyone to attend these forums if they have any project ideas or proposals as to how ICT can work better for the community. The next two community forums are being held in January 2018 – 6pm 18th Jan at the Sports Village and 3pm 25th January at St Sebastians Community Centre. If you are unable to attend these events and have any sort of comment or proposal about ICTs activities I can be contacted via mike@inspiringcommunitiestogether.co.uk …..additionally when I took over the role of Chair at ITC earlier this year, one of my first actions was to attend East Salford Community Committee to put myself and ICT up before the local community to take questions….. of which there was only 1 – a sole question about the governance of ICT from a local councillor. For those who live in fear of becoming an ICT statistic or a slice in a pie chart …. I will be again attending Community Committee in Spring 2018 and am happy to reply to anyones questions or suggestions. In 2016/7 ICT brought in 300+% more / £287,233 more outside investment to the CHALK and wider Salford Community than it received from our council annuity. ICT has now brought more funds into the CHALK area from outside sources over the last 5 years than it has received from its annuity grant. The board expect this increased outside investment to into the CHALK area to continue in the future as ICT staff members work very hard at creating new projects and sourcing funding to run them. All of this work creates better outcomes for the local community and employment opportunities for local people. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.. Mike Duddy
Bob wrote
at 12:14:38 PM on Friday, December 22, 2017
All this talk of inspiring communities.What crap. It is just the nomenclatura working overtime again.Same with CHALK, far as I understand ,that used to be the white crumbly stuff teachers used to write on blackboards with until they were banned. Mr Duddy describes himself as a chair. Chairs are what you plonk your arse on. What is wrong with chairman or chairwoman? midwives and sisters are still allowed.Even in our ultra PC national health service they have even just brought back matrons from extinction. I know nothing of this inspiring communities thing, only what I pick up here.The only reason I became interested in this article, is because I was raised and born down the whit lane area. What is needed in these areas ,is new and better housing for local people, and , more importantly ,built and owned by local people, it is no use giving people a house and not giving them a job. On lisadel Street, Frederick road end, there is a magnificent training centre for construction industry trades persons. It is great, much better than the one I went to when younger. Bet you a pound to a pinch of shit, that none of the inspiring gang have ever been through its doors. Skills could be learnt here that could quickly be utilised to provide housing and jobs. Apart from my old job (bricky, which is just the same, but easy anyway) most trades nowadays are much easier to learn ,and if applied in a proper fashion, you can get better quality houses. The law allows groups of people ,who have "become inspired" to take over from public ownership council and government land for "community" purposes. that includes building houses.houses for the people , built by the people, and owned by the people. not houses built by outsiders, lived in by outsiders, and owned by ,and managed by "housing providers" on more wages than the prime minister who do not give a shit. What the "inspire-ers" will come up with is this. Ahh! what about the disabled, the old, those unable to work what about them, "they need to live in housing provider provided housing". Bollocks, each and all of us should own our own home no matter how poor or disabled we might be. One of the countrys leading experts on community land projects is at Salford Uni, I will try and find his name, I have spoken to him in the past. Well Mr Duddy and gang, question is this, if local people become "inspired" enough to build their own housing, will you go along with their aspirations and help them do so? To be fair to Mr Duddy ,he does seem to speak up for his opinions in this run of comments, but I must stress, they are just that ,his opinions. Let us hear what you have to say Mr Duddy.
Charlie B wrote
at 9:24:40 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017
Local councillors in the area what local councillors Like ICT, you just never see them , The last time I saw my local councillor is when he was banging on my door to vote for him in the election, with lack of support from local councillors ICT think they run the mill in this area, so you local councillors get off your fat arse as I get the job you we’re elected to do, and ICT Just sod off.
Brenda Knowles wrote
at 1:00:12 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017
Just agreeing with Bob. It is a shambles that 53 Million has been wasted and now £90,000 a year is also wasted on wages and God knowes what because nothing comes back into the community. The residents see nothing of this money and questions need to be asked of our local councillors and SCC because this is not right or just. Please ask questions as to why this behaviour of ICT is exceptional to our community. I am sure. It is not just or fair.
Ben Nathan Grant wrote
at 12:59:48 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017
In answer to Bob, I know just where you are coming from and I support your views. I know just what you mean when you quote that our labour councillors are not supporting us and this is very sad. The serious concerns regarding ICT are not helped by the local Councillor for Charlestown supporting ICT and not her residents who voted her as their local Councillor. Saying that it would be good and only fair to hear her comments with regards ICT and to explain just how the £90,000 every year is spent and what the community see from this money. I am sure it will be very difficult to explain just how the residents of Charlestown and Lower Kersal benefit from the annunity and this is the question that has been at the centre of this whole argument. The answer is the residents see nothing as SCC hand over £90,000 every year to ICT and nothing goes back into the community. The residents see absolutely nothing. It is very sad to say that NDC and now ICT have left our area in a shambles and a sorry state of affairs and ICT offer no help for the community. Again very sad state of affairs thanks to NDC and ICT.
Mr Christmas Tree & Miss Holly Ivy. wrote
at 12:59:20 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017
Let’s hope ICT when calling the AGM invite every resident in Charlestown and Lower Kersal, A’s they say they involve and work with everybody , please also welcome people with a smile and lnot ooked at like a price of dog crap as it seems to be, please also don’t have security at the doors looking at you and making you feel not wanted, well ICT do that anyway. I think this will be an interesting AGM, when ever that is .... In this year main building used for courses and events for the selected few residents at St Sebastian’s and sports village, but you work with all, well use other places, like St Aidan’s , Philips and Pendleton churches, St George’s Centre, Grumpy, Abbott’s Lodge, Beacon Centre, Start in Salford, Walk the plank, Muirhead and Heraldic Court, Albion High School, The Hive, so Mr Duddy let’s invest in these community buildings and not the selected 2 , share it for all to benifit, 2018 Will definitely be one very interesting year .
Bob wrote
at 5:46:22 AM on Thursday, December 21, 2017
£90 grand. whats £90 grand. It's the £53million you should be concerned about. What happened to that? What can you see for £53million . I cannot see anything. why do you not ask one of your wonderful labour councilors . You know them that "stand up for the working man". You voted them in like you always do. There again you do have a councilor who is not of the labour bretheran. Why do you not ask him where it all went. I understand he is a man of the cloth, so if he has any moral value about him, he will have to tell you the truth. I can understand how after many generations of voting labour, it must be hard for many of you to come to terms with the fact that the labour council in Salford does not serve the best interests of the many generations of Salford people who vote for them. Take housing for instance. Why is there no housing for the younger generation? you all know the answer. sooner or later the whole mess in Salford is going to come to light, and we will all say "I should have known". Well I know already, and I think most of you do, but you just cannot admit it. Happy Christmas and a better (hopefully) new year. Bob
Mike Bennet wrote
at 2:14:52 AM on Thursday, December 21, 2017
I have said this before and will say again ICT need to listen to the community of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. Until they do listen and take on board the views of the community nothing will change for the better. ICT will never get the support of the community of Charlestown and Lower Kersal because they never listen to the views of our residents. The question is Why do ICT never take into account the comments from the community and why do they think they are better and above all the local residents.
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