Good day everybody,
Today is International Women’s Day. There are many ways that you can go about celebrating this holiday, but all of them have a similar goal: to raise awareness about the struggles of women the world over and honour their achievements. Of course, not all achievements are huge, worldwide game-changers like women finally obtaining the right to vote – there are all sorts of other, smaller feats that women you know manage on an everyday basis that you may not pay too much attention to until you try calming 2 crying toddlers, making dinner and explaining the particulars of a newly-acquired client, or debriefing on the latest project to your boss over the phone, all at the same time. This may sound ridiculously hard to pull off, but this is something thousands of women pull off every day, something that should be deeply appreciated and something that nobody should take for granted. Grand gestures aren’t necessarily required to show appreciation, either – sometimes a simple “thank you, I have no idea how you do it” is enough to lift an overworked woman’s spirits. So, thank you ladies, I have no idea how you manage to juggle so much in your daily lives, yet still deliver the goods, without fuss.
• Working Group Meetings – The next Working Group for the south is Wed 25 April, 10.00-12.00 at Boston Mayflower. In a change to previous information, the North Working Group meeting will be held at the VANL premises, 18 April, between 10.00-12.00. Eventbrite invitations have been sent out to all concerned.
• Cluster Group Meetings – The next Boston and South Holland Cluster Group meeting is scheduled for for Wednesday 21 March 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 at Black Sluice Lock Cottages.
• Project Management Board – The next date for the PMB is Tuesday 06 June, 09.30-1.00, at The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln. The Board should note that the meeting will include an end of year 2 evaluation update. Please be aware that this meeting will be held in the larger meeting room at The Showroom.
• MWS/Aptem – We have occasionally been asked to remove certain documents from clients’ folders in the past. This has caused problems at MWS, in that the Aptem technicians have to create a manually written instruction to make it happen. In future, can I ask that partners are more careful when creating documents? The system is set up to store compliance documents, and therefore create an audit trail. Those documents with an ‘X’ next to them can be deleted at any time.
• Finally, don’t forget that we are nearing the end of the quarter, so please begin to check your paperwork and electronic files now, so that the quarterly reporting period is less stressful for the MOVE Project Team
• VCS Recruitment – VCS have a New part time project officer job vacancy in our Sleaford team – details are on our website and can be found at http://www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk/job-vacancy-move-steps-forward-project-officer/.
• Discover Your Potential Courses – Just to let you know that VCS are running a FREE course at the end of this month called Discover your Potential in Sleaford. It runs for two consecutive Tuesdays (20th & 27th) and is being held at the Sleaford Town Council offices in Navigation Wharf (opposite the National Centre for Craft and Design). It would be perfect for some MOVE participants and it is being run with that in mind, so if you think any of your people may be interested in it here is the link to more information: http://www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk/event/discover-your-potential-7/. There is a link contained within the info to enable people to book on, but for ease it is also here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-your-potential-registration-43741518058
• Children’s Links – Children’s Links have an exciting opportunity for a new partner to join them in delivering the Steps Forward Building Better Opportunities programme. This programme is managed by the Big Lottery Fund and part funded by the European Social Fund. It aims to support those furthest from the job market and help them develop the skills and confidence to move into employment. Please find attached the specification, supporting documents and application form. The closing date is 14/03/18
• Green Synergy – Green Synergy is currently recruiting for a Project Assistant for their BBO Get into Gardening Project. Please see application details attached. The closing date for applications is the 22nd March.
• VANL – VANL are looking to recruit a project administration support worker for the BBO MOVE project. See the attachment for further details.
• We’ve had a question from one of our partners on where other partners have had their ‘Certification’ stamps made. If anybody who has had these stamps made up could let me know, along with cost, then I shall pass the information on.
• Taylor ITEX – Please find attached an updated list of courses that are currently being delivered on the 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 Health and Social Care course, which is an employability course being delivered through the Skills Support for the Unemployed project.
• VCS – Dianne has suggested that this website https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/ may be of use in helping project members to understand universal credit.
• 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.
• Abbey Access – Carole from Abbey Access will, in May, be taking on the Women V Cancer Ride the Night Challenge for the second time, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Challenge. The challenge is to cycle 100km through the right on a circular route, starting and ending at Royal Windsor Racecourse, via Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. It would be lovely to support her, her just giving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/Carole-Campling1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Carole-Campling1&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=wZx6MZ6NV.
• A request from Dave Vincent at YMCA Lincs – Is there anyone running a handling people course ? He has a participant who wants to complete one but can’t find a provider. Alternatively, he’d be happy to host here if we can get 8 – 10 learners. Please contact Dave on 01522 888218 to discuss further.