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Friday, May 18th, 2018

Taking the Lid Off Mental Health

This is Mental Health Awareness Week.

It is also the week in which I was made aware of an acquaintance who was waiting for a mental health bed and has now been allocated one. It is about a hundred miles away from home and family.

I recall being involved in the preparation of the Healthwatch Solihull report ‘The Future

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Friday, May 4th, 2018

Do we need a Digital Code?

I am nonplussed by the news that ‘a steering group has been formed’ to create a digital code of practice for charities in an attempt ‘to close the digital skills gap in the sector’.

There is an incongruity here. According to the Collins Dictionary, a ‘Code of Practice’ is:

A set of written rules which explains how

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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

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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

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Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Make it a Date Now

These are challenging times, with an increasing call for services from a growing population of rising average age but less money in the system to meet the demand.

So, how we make the money go further? One tactic is to work more effectively with others who have similar goals in a more co-ordinated way.

There are some

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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