2024 AGM Notice

You are invited to attend the BDA Benevolent Fund’s 141st Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday 27th June at 5.30pm. Register to attend using the link below. Please register your attendance by 4pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024 so we can ensure that the meeting is quorate (valid) and accommodate everyone accordingly.

The meeting is an opportunity to see what the Charity has achieved in the last financial year and how your vital support has been to those in the dental community.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and introduction from our Patron – Dr Richard Graham
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of the last AGM – held on 4 July 2023
  • Matters arising from the last AGM
  • Co-Chair’s Report
  • Receipt of the Annual Report and Accounts for 2023 and report from the Treasurer
  • Election of Co-opted Trustee – Dr Jacqui Frederick
  • Election of 3 new Trustees
  • Any other business

You can access the papers using the links below:

Proxy Voting

As a Charity member, you are entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise all or any of your rights to attend, speak, and vote at the AGM. If a representative cannot participate at the AGM in person you may send your proxy form to arrive no less than 24 hours before the meeting.

We will be taking questions in advance and on the day. If you wish to send in your apologies, please email us.

We look forward to seeing you.

Introducing Wisdom – the new free portal for your wellbeing

Wisdom is the new service offered by our partners at Health Assured. Replacing their previous version – My Healthy Advantage, the new revitilised system has an advanced set of tools and features.

The new features were designed to improve your mental and physical health by using personal metrics to set goals and achievements. Read our top 10 things to know about the new app and online portal.

  1. How easy it is to set up

To access the resources you’ll need to create an account. The organisational code is MHA141171. enabling you to access the resources under the BDA Benevolent Fund’s package. Simply follow the link below, enter the code, then your email address and create a password on the Wisdom app or website. You’re all good to go!

2. How quickly you get into the habit of using it

Through the app you can log your mood, activities, and progress each day, at work at home or on the go so it learns more about what resources you will find useful and is a mini health check.

3. The wealth of resources to choose from

From articles, podcasts, yoga, guided meditations, to student advice and men’s health, there’s so much beneficial content available on Wisdom. There’s something for everyone, and so many topical preferences to select from that you can manage in the app. Pick the content you want to see.

4. How much water you should be drinking!

Wisdom’s health trackers and 4 week plans all aim to encourage gradual positive changes to your everyday life. They raise interesting lessons like just how much water you really should be drinking! What else can you look to improve in your daily life?

5. Mental activity is just as valued as physical activity

Wisdom lets you track your activity, recommending 30 minutes a day embracing mental activity, including things like baking, gaming, journaling, and meditation.

6. How many ways there are to breathe

Sounds crazy, right? But Wisdom has three completely different breathing exercises, whether you want the classic approach, need to refocus, or want to calm down at the start or end of the day. Each can be changed to last for as little as a minute to as long as half an hour!

7. Leaderboards!

You can create and share Leaderboard challenges with friends or colleagues on the Wisdom portal. Create a leaderboard to track steps, water, or general activity, and see who is in the number one spot at the end of a week, a month, 3 months, or 6 months!

8. Live chat and video calls with counsellors

Users can access live chats or video calls with Health Assured counsellors. Sometimes one or both options are greyed out, but if you wait for a moment you’ll find they free up very quickly. In the meantime, users can request contact at a later date or call the 24/7 helpline.

9. The accessibility settings

The sheer amount of accessibility options for the Wisdom portal will surprise and amaze you! The portal is truly inclusive and designed to be used by everyone, with settings for everything from blindness, to epilepsy, to ADHD.

10. Recipes!

Yes, you heard right – the Wisdom portal has recipes on it! They might be the last thing you expected to find there. They all look very healthy, very yummy, and cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and naughty snacks! So if good nutritious food is your thing, get searching the very latest recipes for cooking inspiration.

There is so much more to the Wisdom portal than simply tracking your health. It encourages positive changes in behaviour and gives simple, actionable advice. It’s quick, easy, and free to make an account, so it’s well worth signing up for and downloading the app!

Get started today and get in touch to let us know how it’s making a difference.

Write your Will in Free Wills Month

Did you know around 61% of British adults – roughly 30 million people in the UK don’t have a Will? It is something many of us put off for reasons including

  • Nothing worth inheriting (38%)
  • Hadn’t considered writing a Will (20%)
  • Too busy to write a Will (16%)

It can be easier than you think. Take a look at the video to see what’s involved.

“Thank you for giving me the push I needed to finally write my Will”

To widen our fundraising approach and to promote good financial planning we are covering the costs of a limited number of Wills, especially for our supporters through our partnership with Farewill during Free Wills Month. As an incentive, if you choose to complete your Will with Farewill through our links in March, you could save up to *£380.

There’s no obligation to leave a gift to us when using our offer. However, we ask that once you’ve taken care of those closest to you, you leave us a gift making a difference to the dental community, even if it’s just the price of the Will.

The team at Farewill can help you write, or amend your Will, in under half an hour, with expert checking, to ensure your wishes are clear. The team is also available six days a week should you need them. You can write your Will online or over the phone. Simply go to our Will Writing Guide page to discover more and get started.

A gift in your Will costs you nothing now but can make a difference for years to come.

*RRP is the cost of a joint Will over the phone.

Dentists’ Provident donates £10,000

Once again we were grateful to receive financial support from Dentists’ Provident. Whilst the Charity is there to offer support in times of financial difficulty, having an income protection policy is just one of the ways that dentists can prepare for the future and think about their financial resilience.

“At Dentists’ Provident we are proud to support BDA Benevolent Fund’s ongoing commitment to the profession. The Charity provides invaluable support to dental students, professionals, and their families. Many rely on their emotional, practical, and financial support and their determined work has made a meaningful difference to the lives of those they have helped.”

Kirby Mardle, CFO, Dentists’ Provident

“Dentists’ Provident have been a regular supporter, donating £35,000 since 2020. We’re very grateful for their generous contributions. Demand for services continues and with 7% more applications in 2023 compared to 2022, this goes a long way to help us meet the needs of dental students, dentists and their families throughout the UK.

Laura Hannon, Chief Executive

Thank you once again to Dentists’ Provident for their generosity and if it has inspired you to donate, there are many ways you can do it as an individual or a company; from leaving a legacy to contributing directly via your bank account.

To see what a difference the donations make, read the new collection of personal stories from those we have helped.