Good day everybody,
When you hear about flying kites, do you automatically hear the Mary Poppins song in your head? If you don’t then you obviously haven’t had the pleasure of ‘Mary Poppins’, the film! Take the time to watch it and you won’t be disappointed. But we’re talking about Kite Flying Day! Yes, it is a holiday, allegedly! Kites have been bringing joy and relaxation since the 5th century in China. The kite is designated as a heavier-than-air craft that is tethered with wing surfaces that react as the air drags and lifts around them. Kite Flying Day was created to remind us of the feeling of freedom that you feel when guiding a kite through the currents of air. Did you ever make a kite as a kid? Were you able to get yours to fly? Were you able to make the kite rise and fall and dip and spin?
How to Celebrate Kite Flying Day
Do you really need ideas on how to celebrate Kite Flying Day? You may need to refresh your skills by watching ‘Mary Poppins and learning the brilliant Kite Flying Song! That way when you march to the local park you’ll be able to sing it as you go!
Pack a lunch and don’t be in a hurry to bring the kite back to earth. While it is flying at the end of your string, let it take all the worries or sadness you have and let it fly away! That is really the most important way to celebrate Kite Flying Day! With all that singing loudly and trampling over the park flowerbeds, you might even find yourself as the temporary guest of the local constabulary.
• Please see below additional financial reporting requirements set by the Big Lottery Fund and ESF. Please could you ensure that all staff costs evidence is certified for your January claim submission.
• Evidence and certification of documents – Copies of evidence related to staff costs or direct costs, for example payroll listings, BACS runs and bank statements, should be certified as a true copy of the original by an appropriate person. The MA has suggested this should be a finance manager or equivalent. The MA has confirmed that screen prints of payroll systems certified as true copies would be acceptable. See below certification template to be used:
I certify that this is a true copy of the original document:
Position in organisation
Name of organisation
• Timesheets – Timesheets need to include all hours worked, including hours on BBO, non-BBO, ESF and non-ESF work. Please note that this does not mean that you need to detail your non-ESF work but please ensure that your timesheet reflects all hours worked during the week. Please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barley if you have any queries.
• Year 2 Sustainable Development Assessments – Could I remind partners that the Year 2 Assessments need to be completed as soon as possible and forwarded to me. Thank you to those partners who have already done so.
• Working Group Notes – The notes for the latest Working Groups (January) are now available for reading on the website. We’ve decided to create joint notes from now on, as both groups tend to discuss similar subjects and by creating combined notes we’re reducing duplication. They can be reached via this link.
• Working Group Meetings – The next Working Group for the south is Wed 25 April, 10.00-12.00 at Boston Mayflower. Due to unforeseen circumstances, YMCA Humber are unable to hold the meeting for the Working Group North, so we’re looking for an organisation to step in at short notice and take their place. The original date was set for April 18 2018, but we’d be grateful for any date that week.
• Cluster Group Meetings –
o For those of you with interests in the East Lindsey area, the next Cluster group meeting with be held 07 March 2018, at Children’s Links, Suite 1 and 4, Gymphlex Buildings, Boston Road, Horncastle, LN9 6HU from 10am to 12pm.
o We are still seeking a partner to host the Boston and Spalding Cluster in March. Mayflower have had to withdraw from hosting it, due to unforeseen circumstances, so if there is anybody in the Boston area who could step into their shoes could they please let me know.
• Project Management Board – The next date for the PMB is Tuesday 06 March, 09.30-11.30, at The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln. The Board should also make a note that the 6th June meeting (also at The Showroom) will be longer than usual, 9.30am-1.00pm, as it will include and end of year 2 evaluation update.
• Request for information – Jennie Eaton has asked if partners might let us know how many military veterans they might have on the project, even if you have none on your books. Veterans are defined as anyone who has served for at least one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations. The information will help us to scope potential follow-on projects to MOVE, that can make use of the knowledge gained on the current project.
• Taylor ITEX – Please find attached an updated list of courses that we are currently delivering on our Community Learning contract. If you wish to reserve a place for a delegate please give Sarah Channing, Administrator a call on telephone number: 01205 360800. Places are also available on their Customer Service and Working with Alcohol course, which is an employability course being delivered through their Skills Support for the Unemployed project. A leaflet is attached.
• Boston College Information – Your clients may be interested in the Boston Careers and Jobs Fair 2018, set for Friday 16th February 9:30am – 2:00pm at the Peter Paine Performance Centre. Go along to find out about:- Recruitment opportunities, applications for job vacancies, Apprenticeships, Free, Impartial careers guidance, College courses, Training opportunities, Support with CV writing, Application advice and Interview skills. Companies attending:- Ambitions Personnel, Boston Borough Council, Boston College, Freshtime, GTS, JDM Food Group, Lincolnshire Co-op, Lindum Group, Lincs Police, Morrisons, Nacro Education, Oldrids & Downtown, Pilgrim Foods, Prince Build, Princess Trust, United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, Vale Garden Houses, Workforce Unlimited, Tower Staff Construction, National Road Planning Ltd, Fire Brigade, RAF, Army plus many more.
• Sortified – Gill Collins has signed up to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon on 25 March in order to raise funds for Melanoma UK, a charity which supports patients and families affected by this form of cancer. This is something that Gill has personal experience of, following the sad death of her mum from this awful disease just over 18 months ago. In order to help raise as much as possible, you can go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gillandjothesegirlscan and put some much needed cash into the coffers of this worthy cause.
• Free Courses (from Fran at VANL) – Attached are some free courses for those who are unemployed that they’ve just found out about, and which may be of interest to other partners. Please do circulate far and wide! The Stevedore one is a very interesting one.