Good day everybody,
Did you know that today is ‘Walking the Dog Day’? The origins of ‘Walking the Dog Day’ are a bit obscure. Presumably it was started by an animal lover, or maybe it was the dogs themselves that got together and decided they needed a way of getting us humans off the couch and on the end of a lead. Whoever started it, this is an easy day to take part in. Make sure you have suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions, grab your mobile phone, a bottle of water, some plastic bags for picking up those little doggy presents, and away you go.
The great thing about walking dogs is that you can do it almost anywhere. Down the street, in the park, on the beach, the possibilities are endless. The exercise is good for you and for the dog, and since dogs are very social animals you’ll meet other owners too. No dog? Borrow one from a neighbour and get walking!
• Year 2 Sustainable Development Assessments – We are still missing the Year 2 Assessments from a number of the MOVE partners. These were sent out towards the end of last year for completion and returning to us for early January. This is a reminder that these need to be completed as soon as possible and returned. Thank you to those partners who have already done so.
• 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 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. Thank you to those partners who have informed us of their participant numbers.
• Boston Mayflower Recruitment – Boston Mayflower Ltd is looking for two part-time Financial Inclusion and Employment Coaches to work on the Big Lottery and European Union Social Fund funded Building Better Opportunities Projects, Greater Lincolnshire MOVE and Steps Forward, delivering intensive one to one and group financial inclusion and employability support in the Boston Borough area. If you are interested please contact the HR department on 0300 365 5000 or visit www.bostonmayflower.org.uk/recruitment for an application form or to complete an online application form. Closing date: Monday 26th February 2018 at 5pm. Interviews: Week commencing 5th March 2018. The job descriptions are attached.
• 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/ . A Job description is attached.
• Sortified Recruitment – Sortified are seeking new recruits to join their team to help deliver the MOVE Project. Please see the attached poster.
• 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.
• Grantham College – Vic has let us know of a website that might be of use to you. In addition to helping with a warm home discount, they can help with other items for participant’s needs. The website address is https://www.lets-talk.online/ and the email address is email@example.com.
• 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.
• Free coaching and Mentoring – Vicky Limb, of Taylor ITEX is currently studying for a qualification in Coaching and Mentoring with Warwick Uni. She has, very kindly, offered her coaching services to individuals/organisations in the MOVE partnership or CVS. There will be no charge as this will be contributing to her professional development and offer reflective practice for her. All she asks is for feedback at the end of session 3. Vicky’s offer is 3x coaching sessions for an individual, face to face or via telephone. The sessions last between 1 and 2 hours dependent on the coachee. There is some information with an overview and benefits attached to this newsletter.