Skip to content


Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Celebrating Transformation and Success

I was privileged this week to attend the AGM of the Balsall and Berkswell Jubilee Project. For those unfamiliar, this is a charity that runs a community centre in the heart of Balsall Common to ‘provide facilities for recreation and leisure, in the interests of social welfare’ for the benefit of local residents.

I was invited

Continue Reading →

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A Dream Come True?

This week has seen the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. As such it provides a timely opportunity to reflect on the ‘Brotherhood of Man’ (where that term is gender indifferent, referring to humanity in general, of course).

It is generally accepted that his powerfully orated ‘dream’ has long come true. People of

Continue Reading →

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Feeling Chipper

I went to the chippie yesterday and left feeling chipper. Not just any old chippie, though. I was privileged to be one of the first through the door at the Chelmund’s Fish&Chip Shop, on its first day of trading at Chelmund’s Cross on the Chester Road.

A wonderful new not-for-profit social enterprise, run by local people

Continue Reading →

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

All Our Reputations at Stake

Let’s ask a question. Does either of these names mean anything to you – Cecil Jackson-Cole or Roland van Hauwermeiren?

My money would go on a small percentage saying ‘yes’ to the first compared to a large percentage recognised the second.

Roland van Hauwermeiren is, of course, the former Oxfam aid manager in Haiti who was ‘allowed

Continue Reading →

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Fundraising by the Code

Charity fundraising is getting a bad name. From 92 year old Olive who committed suicide in Bristol as a result of receiving 466 appeal mailings in a single year from 99 charities to the reports of donations being diverted to support Middle Eastern terrorism to the shenanigans last week at the Presidents Club dinner, there

Continue Reading →

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Good News Already Bubbling in 2018

Building on the previous post in this Blog, heralding 2018 as a time to focus on hope, it is encouraging that there is good news to build on around our local community sector.

One of the key elements of future success for local charities will be to develop independent sources of income to offset the impact

Continue Reading →

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As 2018 Chimes In – Time to Focus on Hope

The fireworks have lit the skies from east to west and the New Year is with us, but what will it bring?

We find ourselves in stormy times – Brexit, Austerity, Cuts, A&E Congestion, Demands for Social Care, Terrorism, World Tensions, Government Instability, the list goes on. For the Voluntary and Community Sector times are tough

Continue Reading →

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Not Getting Outdoors

How did you get on when the snow came?

Personally, I chose not to venture outdoors on the Sunday when it the fall did not seem to stop at all during daylight hours, even sacrificing my Sunday paper in favour of the online version. Then, as darkness loomed, it took two of us almost an hour

Continue Reading →

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Leveraging Local Investment Several Times Over

This Blog has looked previously at the ‘Keep It Local’ campaign run by Locality and those who attended the 2016 VCS Conference will have heard about it first hand.

There is a central argument that investment in a local community organisation is worth more than its face value, and that, in making decisions about grant giving or about

Continue Reading →

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Blowing Our Own Trumpet and Changing Face

We don’t often blow our own trumpet. After all there is barely time for putting the bugle to the lips when there is constant demand from people needing help and support. And, anyway, it doesn’t feel right to pull the spotlight away from them.

However, Wednesday night’s celebration of the Colebridge Trust’s 15th Birthday providing the opportunity

Continue Reading →