Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting.

Minutes of The Inaugural General Meeting of the Just Able Friends Charity held on 16th May 2015 at 11.00 a.m. at the

Tamarisk Centre, Littlehampton, BN17 5HT


  1. Welcome – David Jones opened the meeting and welcomed all present.

Present:  David Jones; Iain Leslie; Chis Leslie; Nik Leslie; GladysBeaton; Audry Smith; Kenneth Hatton; Barry Spalding; Jean Barden; Magaret Gough:

Apologies: were received from Erick Jack, Jaqui Beech and seven others un-specified.

  1. Appointment of CHAIR -PERSON for this meeting – David Jones nominated Iain Leslie as Chairman for this initial meeting only in order to commence proceedings. There being no objections, Iain Leslie was appointed as Chairman for this meeting only.
  2. Opening Address David
  3. Jones David Jones referred to his own his own history and his time  as Chairman for WSAD and concluded that since its demise locally there has been a significant gap in voluntary provision for disabled people.  It is envisaged that ‘Just Able Friends’ will be able to fill that gap in provision and provide a range of services for people who experience social isolation.
  4. Presentation of the draft constitution for adoption – Copies of the draft constitution had been made available to all present and comments and corrections were invited. Iain Leslie pointed out that the constitution in its present form was based on the format suitable for small charities with an annual income under £5,000 that don’t own a building or employ people and do not intend to register with the Charity Commission.  It is therefore best described as a social club with members and managed by a management committee.
  5. It was unanimously agreed that subject to these when received in writing, that the draft constitution be adopted.
  6. Membership rules/expectations Iain Leslie suggested that these would be minimal – but the minimum age for membership would have to be 16 years (in order, for example, to participate in prize bingo!).
  7. Election of officers
    1. Chairman – Iain Leslie proposed and Margaret Sangs seconded that David  Jones be nominated as Chairman for the first General Committee Meeting to be ratified by those present at that meeting.
    2. Secretary / Administrator – David Jones proposed and Barry Spalding seconded that Iain Leslie be appointed as Secretary/Administrator to the Management Committee
  • Treasurer / Book Keeper – Iain Leslie proposed and David Jones seconded that Barry Spalding be appointed as Book Keeper.

All nominations and appointments were accepted and agreed.

  • Election of Management Committee – All those present were invited to attend the first management committee.
  • Any Other Business a session of QUESTIONS from the floor was opened and comments noted.
  • Refreshments

Iain Leslie


One view of mobility and social exclusion

Most people don’t give mobility a second thought because they have it.  It certainly becomes an issue when you don’t!    Just Able Friends is bothered about mobility and about making sure that people with mobility challenges are able to keep as involved as everyone else.    We support Littlehampton Town by keeping people involved in their local community.


I am a volunteer and now also a founding member.  I have a mobility challenge because of my MS which keeps me in a wheelchair most of the time.  I need and use Just Able Friends to enable me to stay in touch with other local people and to visit shops, restaurants,  offices, go to the bank, get a coffee, see the sea, meet and greet friends –  oh! –  and go to the pub (where they have access).  All quite normal but difficult if you’re confined to a wheelchair.  My mobility matters to me because it gives me a sense of normality in an otherwise restricted/excluded  world.

Do you have a view about your mobility and social inclusion?

... but a bit wobbley now and then

… but a bit wobbly now and then!

Accessible shopping in Littlehampton

Littlehampton has been working hard over recent years to make the town centre accessible to people with restricted mobility.

Have you noticed how many shops in the town centre have been made accessible to people in wheelchairs.  Test your knowledge of different shops with our Shopmobility quiz.  Can you name each shop?  The clues are in the captions!  There are a total of 53 photo locations to guess but some shops/frontages have changed.  Each is numbered so you can check.

1. Not a shop but way in or way out or in the middle?


2. Smoke used to make your vision blurred!  But now its gone East.


3. Easy, you can bank on it.


4. Across the road from the easy one.


5. Another one? Must be money in LA!


6.  Made for walking?6. Made for walking?


7. Got changed for coffee?


8. Sit on an occasional table?


9. When boots won’t do!


10. Can there be more of these?


11. Yes. Must be evenmore money around!


12. Not boots!


13. Read this


14. 2 for 1 and developing!


15. Four Candles?


16. Its on the cards!


17. Glad rags.


18. Again – Not boots necessarily.