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Newsletter 25 January 2018 - Voluntary Centre Services

Newsletter 25 January 2018

Did you know that today is Irish coffee Day? 1942 proved a fortuitous year for transatlantic travelers wearied by the cold and damp conditions of an Irish winter and the North Atlantic ocean. Thanks to the innovative imagination of bartender Joe Sheridan, they were soon to have their cockles delightfully warmed by an almost decadent blend of fine Irish whiskey with the irresistible taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Combined with the subtle sweetness of brown sugar and sipped through the luxurious density of whipped cream, it was a recipe that would become a global hit that needed no specific weather conditions to be enjoyed.
Irish Coffee Day will be celebrated worldwide by the millions of discerning diners who have rounded off countless meals with this enticing and aromatic blend of beverages. Its advent will be just as enthusiastically commemorated by the millions more who need no special occasion to mark the unique marriage of two of the most appreciated tastes ever concocted.
MOVE Matters:

 IMPORTANT – The Lincolnshire Joint Marketing and Media Compliance V3 is attached. Partners should ensure that they read this important piece of documentation as it may have financial implications for non-compliance. It has details of how and when to use logos, and also the required sizes. Please see the MOVE and funders’ logos in my email block as they are the correct size (you can copy and paste them as necessary to your own email blocks).

 Participant survey forms – the internal evaluator has asked that partners are gently reminded of a few points about the forms:

o Firstly, when completing the forms, could partners please put their own organisation at the top of the page, instead of using Urban challenge. o Secondly, could partners please date the survey forms on the date that they are completed? We’ve had some anomalies that have required us going back to partners to clarify issues. Also, please complete the forms as early as possible to the client joining the project, so that we can capture more relevant information. o The G/Linc number should be included at the top of the form. Partners are also requested to check that the numbers are correct. o Finally, could you please remember to scan all sides of the form. We’ve had a number of instances where the forms are only scanned as single sided, so we’re getting pages 1,3,5 etc, and not 2,4,6 etc.

 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 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 lease let me know.

 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 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.

 Resource Bank – The MOVE team would like to implement a ‘Resource Bank’ on the MOVE website, to include anything that may be of help to the rest of the partners. We’re looking for you to let us know of websites that could be of use, of forms and documentation that you may use that help to 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, but we could always do with more.

 Job Vacancy – Green Synergy are seeking somebody to fill the role of MOVE +Project Assistant. If you have anybody who you think might fit the role, then please let them know the details (flyers attached).

 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.

 Funding Working Groups (FWG) – In an effort to look for viable, relevant projects to continue from MOVE, Jennie has arranged a number of meetings that are open to any partner (or anyone whom the partner thinks might be able to contribute) who is interested in participating. The Eventbrite invitations have been sent out, so please reply if you wish to attend.

 Reporting Deadlines Period Reporting Requirements Deadline January 2018  Financial monitoring spreadsheet, timesheets, payroll evidence, copies of invoices, bank statements, etc Friday 9th February 2018 February 2018  Financial monitoring spreadsheet, timesheets, payroll evidence, copies of invoices, bank statements, etc Friday 9th March 2018 March 2018  Financial monitoring spreadsheet, timesheets, payroll evidence, copies of invoices, bank statements, etc  Quarterly progress report Friday 6th April 2018

Non-MOVE Matters:

 IT Stuff – One of our partners has informed us of a company who do IT support and web hosting etc. Their name is Octagon Technology in Lincoln. They Come highly recommended, and are one of only 5 CJSM accredited providers in the country – so their
security is excellent. Even better, their back-ups are stored right here in the UK, and not abroad (quite relevant given the advent of GDPR in May). Clive Catton is the MD and Kamila Zolotar is his Marketing/Sales Manager. If you even want a review they’d be worth a chat, and they genuinely will do you the best – and best value – job possible. Tell them Fran sent you!

 Taylor ITEX – Please find attached an updated list of courses that Taylor ITEX are currently delivering on their Community Learning contract. If you wish to reserve a place for a delegate please give Sarah Channing, the course Administrator, a call on telephone number: 01205 360800. There are also places available on their Customer Service and Working with Alcohol course, which is an employability course being delivered through our Skills Support for the Unemployed project. A leaflet is attached with the course description (please ignore the dates, as it’s a rolling course). Inductions are held at 09:30, every Monday morning, at Black Sluice Lock Cottages, in Boston.

 NACRO Job Vacancies – If you, or any of your clients are looking for a new challenge then why not consider NACRO. They are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic staff who want to make a difference, working with vulnerable adults and young people; if this is for you, then you can take your first steps towards a rewarding career across the county. For more details contact Rachael Dobbs on 01522 700372 or Melissa Griffin on 01522 534646. You can find the full list of job vacancies across Lincolnshire at www.nacro.org.uk.

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