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Focus group

The Focus Group is the name of GOLD’s management committee and is made of elected volunteer members. They meet regularly and prioritise GOLD’s workload.

The Chair of GOLD is Terry Taylor who was elected in April 2014.

The Focus Group is elected or appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). There are up to twelve places. Any GOLD Member can be nominated by any other GOLD member.

Focus group minutes



The Future

We have known for some time that our Council funding will end next year. We are therefore looking at what we would like to happen in the future. A small project group has been meeting to make plans. We have identified three possible options for the future:

  • End GOLD altogether
  • GOLD to become part of another organisation, or
  • GOLD to become its own organisation, led and organised only by volunteers (who could seek grant funding for activities and potential staff).

After discussion with active members, we have identified the best way forward for us is for GOLD to try to become part of or work within another organisation. We wrote to organisations we thought might be interested, explaining about our identity, our aims and activities, and what we offer. Discussions are now ongoing with one organisation, which would like to continue the work of GOLD, subject to being able to secure suitable funding.

However, if this is not possible, GOLD will end on 31st March 2015, when the Darlington Borough Council funding ends.

For more information and to complete the Equality Impact Assessment Form [pdf document] to identify what the positive and negative impacts of this would be for you, follow this link