With a population of just over 306,000 (2011 Census) and an area of 64 sq miles (150 sq kilometres), Bromley has the sixth highest population (306,000 – 2011 census) amongst the London Boroughs (2011 Census) and is the largest in area.

 

Our Borough has a thriving voluntary sector and the Children and Families Forum has a membership of around 250 groups.

 

Our plan highlights the five areas in which we serve our members and, through them, the children, young people and families of Bromley.

 

  • INFORMATION – Voluntary groups are run by hard pressed individuals who often do not have the time to search for all the detail that will help them fulfil their missions to the best of their ability. Our fortnightly e-updates distil all the information that is available and provides a tailored support service.

 

  • NETWORKING – Our members value the opportunities we create to meet together. Open Forums are held four times each year and are an  excellent means to do this as well as to listen to guest speakers tell us about the vital issues of our day.

 

  • CONSULTATION AND REPRESENTATION – The Council and other bodies have looked to the Forum to help provide views and experience from the voluntary sector. This is even more vital in the current economic climate when many of our members are providing vital support to people in need.

 

  • ENCOURAGING GOOD PRACTICE AND TRAINING – The Forum enables members to share good practice and has arranged free training on topics ranging from Safeguarding to Fundraising and Information Technology. From time to time we access funds to provide training bursaries for member groups to send members on courses they could not ordinarily afford. Recent examples have included training for Chainsaw use, First Aid, new Trustees and coping with challenging behaviour.

 

To read a copy of our annual report and accounts click here.

 

Membership is currently free of charge however, donations are always welcome.. Details can be found here.