Happy New Year!

Following a lovely Christmas day (thank you to Response and Nick Hurd MP for paying for it and Jean and Anton for the live music!) and a great New Year’s Eve, it feels like 2011 has begun with a real bang. The beginning of the new year is a great chance to think back over the previous year – to decide what was good and what could have been better. It’s a chance to plan for the future armed with the experience of the past.

2010 was a great year for SMART – we won a 5 year lease for the building, held our second summer ball, raised enough money to cover all of our activities (including some great trips and workshops), welcomed Rebbecca to the team and re-started the garden project. There were some sad times too – several people passed away including Liz, a friend to many at SMART. We also said goodbye to Antonia as she set out on married life with a trip round the world (she’s currently working on a vineyard in Australia and having the time of her life!).

Looking forward, SMART may have some challenges ahead but we plan to face them together. We will be holding an Annual General Meeting soon to present our accounts and some ideas about what we could do in 2011 to better serve the people who use our service. We need members there so we can hear their views about how to move forward.