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Newsletter 21 December 2017 - Voluntary Centre Services

Newsletter 21 December 2017

Did you know that today is celebrated as International Dalek Remembrance Day?

“Exterminate! Exterminate!” If you’re a fan of Doctor Who these words will send you into a quick panic attack, or have you running to the TV to see the latest episode. Doctor Who has been with us for a very long time, and the Daleks are his longest ongoing and most feared enemy, ultimately responsible for the destruction of Gallifrey in the Time War.

History of International Dalek Remembrance Day International Dalek Remembrance Day is a recognition of the first time that the Daleks appeared on Doctor Who in 1963. It’s been celebrated as the day that the most instantly recognizable aspect of the show, outside of the TARDIS itself, came into existence. Most people don’t know this, but the Dalek’s were inspired by and fashioned after the Nazi’s of Third Reich Germany. They’re strong believers that everything not a Dalek is an inferior race, and are fashioned out to be the master race by their creator Davros. While they’re terrifying to some, and nearly indestructible, their personality leads one to believe that they’re little more than “toddlers in perpetual hissy fits” who absolutely go violently insane when they’re will or ambition is thwarted. Dalek’s are a very common reference in Whovian culture, and specifically in English culture where the show originated. But these days Whovians are everywhere, and references to the Dalek’s will be recognized by anyone who’s been a fan.

How to Celebrate International Dalek Remembrance Day There’s a lot of ways to celebrate Dalek Remembrance Day, though one of the arguably most popular is decorate your Christmas Tree as a Dalek. After all, it nearly has the appropriate shape and you’re already draping it with ornaments and lights, with a little creativity it’s a simple thing to work it around to being a Dalek! Another popular way to celebrate it is to start a Doctor Who marathon, it’s always just a few days until the Christmas day premier episode, and you can watch them all again in the time you have between International Dalek Remembrance Day and the Christmas Premier. If you’re going to do that, you might as well get together and enjoy Doctor Who inspired snacks to enjoy around the glowing light of your TV. International Dalek Remembrance Day is a great opportunity to really embrace your Whovian nature, so get out there and “Exterminate!” something!
MOVE Matters:

 Reporting deadlines – Just reminding you that the MOVE financial return and quarterly reports are due on Friday 5th January 2018. Please also note we will be unable to submit any expenditure lines with missing evidence or defrayal as part of the quarterly claim to the Big Lottery. Please don’t forget the participant stories, which are necessary each quarter.

 Delivery Group Meetings – The next meeting of the North group will be 16th January, 10.00 – 12.00, at ONGO in Scunthorpe. Please note that the North Group will now be meeting at Sowing Smiles, 17 Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6LJ, in the upstairs meeting room. The South group will meet at Community Lincs, in Sleaford, on 23 January, also 10.00-12.00.

 Project Management Board – The next date for the PMB is Tuesday 06 March, 09.3011.30, at The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln. The Board should also make a note that the June meeting will be longer than usual, 9.30am-1.00pm, as it will include and end of year 2 evaluation update.

 Resource Bank – I intend to implement a ‘Resource Bank’ on the MOVE website, to include all sorts of things that may be of help to partners. We’re looking for partners to let us know of websites that could be of use, of forms and documentation that they may use that helps ease processes etc. If you have something like this, then please let me know and I can add them to the ‘Bank’. Some partners have already responded, so thank you, your efforts are appreciated. Still waiting…..

 Funder Feedback – Attached is the feedback from the Article 125 visit of 17 November. The feedback makes some very valid points and suggestions, aimed at both delivery and management/financial teams of partners. Please take note.

Non-MOVE Matters:

 Vacancy for Project Officer – Steps Forward Project – The Steps Forward project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Building Better Opportunities programme. The project will be delivered over two years, on a fixed term contract) and aims to help people that are economically inactive to start the road back into employment. Core role: Provide one to one support for people that are economically inactive and enable them to overcome any barriers to start the road back into employment, through a holistic assessment of their individual needs and a personal plan of tailored support. Salary is £4,460 (£22,300 FTE) per annum / 7 hours per week / Sleaford based. For more information and an application pack, use this link http://www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk/vacancy-project-officer-steps-forward/ .

 CLIP – Functional skills Information Sessions. CLIP are holding Functional Skills information sessions in Sleaford, to give potential students information on what is being offered in future training in maths and English, levels 1-3. Dates for the sessions are 10th and 17th January 2018, and they will be held at The Source, Southgate, between 9.30am – 12.00pm. These sessions, and the associated training could be ideal for some of your clients, so please let them know – it’s also free. More information can be obtained from CLIP on 01673 843489 or info@cliplearning.com

 TaylorITEX CIC – Please find attached an updated list of courses from Taylor ITEX CIC. If you wish to reserve a place please give their Administrator Sarah Channing a call on 01205 360800.

 VANEL Training – The VANEL training diary, showing courses right up to May, is attached, along with the VANEL booking form.

 From one of our partners, Jackie Elton, of Community Lincs – Attached are a few ideas for a Greener Christmas (see the attachment) for you to refer back to for next year, as I guess you are all ready for this Christmas. Also, as some fun check out your Carbon footprint over on the WWF carbon footprint calculator, it is quick and easy to use. In the
New Year over on my Green and Natural Living blog I will run a year long challenge to see if I can reduce my carbon footprint, my results were 70% so I want to see if there are ways for me to reduce my carbon footprint further. Each month will have a different theme and I hope people will join in with me and start taking everyday green actions.

We, at the MOVE Project management team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2018.

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