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Posted On: 17th Sep 2019

Update From Fixers

Update From Fixers

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (Fixers) will be continuing under new leadership.


A slimmed down version of the charity, with the sole purpose of keeping the archive intact and accessible to all, will continue to be run by volunteers and a new, independent group of trustees.


This move comes following an earlier decision to wind-down the charity, which was taken by the Board when it became clear that despite efforts to build sustainability, the charity could not raise the funds required to support its operations into the future.


Following this announcement in May, the Board and Executive has worked to find a suitable charitable home for the rich library of resources created over the past 11 years.


It received a number of proposals from other charities and third party organisations and in line with the highest level of good governance, assessed these against a set of criteria which included safeguarding and integrity.


To be considered against these criteria the proposal had to have independent governance.


The Board, advised by its lawyers, was impressed by the submission from former members of Fixers staff and regards the individuals as suitable, fit and proper people, who take the safeguarding of young people very seriously.


Their working knowledge of the archive, alongside their commitment to keep everything together in one place gave the Trustees the confidence that they were the best group to take on the careful management of resources.


These media assets have been professionally developed by thousands of young people and are used by many to educate and inform the next generation. They cover topics from bullying to mental health and child sexual exploitation and come in all different formats, from videos to leaflets, booklets, posters and beer mats.


Since the charity was founded in 2008 these ‘resources’ have been an integral part of the charity’s aim – to enable young people to use their past to fix their future. Videos have been watched by thousands of people; posters seen on pin boards in doctors’ surgeries and school corridors; wrist bands distributed far and wide.


The messaging held within these resources continues to be relevant today and the Board is pleased that appropriate arrangements can now be put in place to ensure they will not be lost.


The new Board will be made up of former Fixers staff members and it is their intention to preserve the website fixers.org.uk, along with the YouTube, Flickr and Issuu accounts where these resources are stored and publicly available.


It plans to continue sharing the resources through Fixers social media channels and engage with other organisations who wish to use them.


The current Board of Trustees has taken legal advice to ensure that safeguarding issues are satisfactorily dealt with. Legal costs in addition to operating costs during this period have been supported by personal donations from Trustees.


In addition the Board has been satisfied the necessary funding required to operate under the new arrangements is secure.


There will now be a period of transition as the current Board prepares to stand-down and the new trustees join. As preparations for this begin, remaining staff at Fixers will continue to signpost young people to alternative support organisations and offer copies of resources to the Fixers who helped create them.


The Trustees have been considerably impressed by the passion of those behind the proposed new Board and wish them success for the future as they work to keep Fixer’s values alive.

Author: Lucy Tatchell


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