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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 31 July 2014 - 2:43pm


An early morning start but a great breakfast at Roast in Borough Market. This is a brilliant spot in south London, nestling around Southwark Cathedral and selling the absolutely best in food and wines, and much else besides! And it is a social enterprise so the profits are going back into the local community in Lambeth and Southwark.
I was meeting with Carlos Miranda, who runs a very exciting fundraising consultancy, IG Advisors as well as a social media company that provides strategic advice to the sector on how to maximise your social media profile. I told him, ruefully, I'd quite like to manage mine!
It was a struggle to get past the stalls groaning with organic produce and artisan cheeses to get to work, I can tell you. But a really rewarding meeting with Fiona Ritchie from Turning Point and colleagues from the “Ideas Collective" to discuss our “Winterbourne challenge". A  good, challenging  and helpful session. Rushing from that to a meeting with our ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 30 July 2014 - 4:43pm

I'm up in Cambridge this afternoon with my colleagues from ACEVO, working with the third sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to develop a consortium to provide a joined up service on the elderly and people with long term conditions (LTC). We will be working with the health service here. Its exciting work and an example of our sector joining up - not just locally but with specialist national charities in LTC.

We had our first meeting of the steering group on the Winterbourne pledge on Monday. A good session but we are still forming and working out our remit. We agreed we need to make our documents public so we will be putting up the membership, terms of reference and minutes on the NHS England website soon.
We're trying to co-commission a national framework locally delivered that can help ensure better outcomes for people with learning disabilities. And that means moving from an institutional approach to community; from officials to users.
And as I said in my ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 28 July 2014 - 2:20pm

 A few shots from the recent Bubb clan gathering in Hope Cove, Devon. The hound and I, with 4 nephews and nieces, brother and 2 sisters and aged parents. And various appendages. 

The new Civil Society Minister also spends time in this beautiful part of South Devon. And worth noting the photos show the wonderful coastline that belongs to the National Trust. Thank goodness, or the grasping developers and useless local Councillors might put houses there!
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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 July 2014 - 4:04pm

One of the great joys of my ACEVO role is going to our leadership lunches. Lunches (no I don't just go for the food!) where we invite key national figures to talk about their leadership role and lessons for our sector. A dilemma today though; we had 2.

One was in London with Oliver Letwin MP, who has a key role in drawing up ideas and policies for the Tory Manifesto. The other was in Birmingham with the Archbishop of that great city, Bernard Longley. I choose Birmingham, because I was keen to hear Bernard, and partly because we were friends at Oxford. 
Of course Birmingham is much on the news as a result of all the media attention to "Trojan Horse" schools and so Bernard talked about the part of the faith groups in that city and the grouping they have formed to offer support and solidarity to their colleagues of different faiths across the City. He told us of the example of a City Rabbi who took the brave step of walking to the Central Mosque in Birmingham on the ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 July 2014 - 4:09pm

The people of Burma have suffered greatly under the appalling rule of the military junta but there is a chink of light in the freedom of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. There is a small but very lively Anglican Church in Burma, with a strong following amongst the Karen in particular. I have visited them on a number of occasions and have known a number of the previous Archbishops. Indeed I was at the consecration of Archbishop Andrew a decade ago. 

My family provided money to buy a paddy field which provides rice for the students at St John's boarding school.  It cuts the cost of buying rice and by the looks of the photo below my mother received it looks like a good crop. 


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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 22 July 2014 - 3:57pm

One thing I learnt from my time in the big move from institutional to community care in mental health in Lambeth (Tooting Bec) in the 80s was the need to ensure the voice of the client, carers and families are heard.

I know that my recent blog post caused concern because it implied only the providers have the answers and that we already had the worked up plan.  I know that the issues raised from Winterbourne View, and what has happened since, are of deep concern, and I'm sorry that my blog caused upset. It was certainly not my intention. A sin of omission not commission.

None of the providers have all the answers.  But along with others they are clearly part of the answer and we now have an opportunity to work together to develop solutions that meet the needs of people with learning disability, their families and carers.

We have our first meeting of the Steering Group on developing a new national framework for learning disability care on Monday. We have a ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 July 2014 - 2:00pm

Well it’s been a busy week at ACEVO and in Downing Street. I had a good conversation with our new Minister for Civil Society on Wednesday. He has a strong record on finance and in charity – having founded his own charity in 2010. He is particularly interested in the power of social finance, and he will be speaking at an ACEVO fringe event on this topic at the Conservative Party Conference. At ACEVO we are keen to see progress on the role of civil society in public service delivery and I look forward to working with him on this in future.
But that said, it is sad to see Nick Hurd leave the post. He leaves OCS as the longest-serving Minister for Civil Society, and with an excellent record behind him on National Citizen Service, the Community First Fund and much more. He was widely respected on all sides of the sector as you can see from the plaudits that have come in this week.
I was interested to read ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 16 July 2014 - 9:02am

So it’s hail Brooks Newmark and farewell Nick Hurd.

I think the fact there has been such a strong response from sector leaders paying tribute to Nick says a lot about how well he has done his job. He cared about the health of our sector, and avoided the political extremes inhabited by some in Parliament on both sides who want to relegate us to the margins.
I always enjoyed talking to Nick. I'm sure he always thoroughly enjoyed my helpful texts of advice and occasional expletives about "developments". He was a strong supporter of social finance and did much to promote it. He should also be remembered for his acts of omission. He refused to get sucked into the nonsense of CEO pay and refused to attack charity campaigning. He lived by his mantra of "do no harm".
So his final advice to me about Brooks (he'll forgive me for repeating his text I'm sure) was "Good guy. Bright. A good listener. Nice and genuine. Business background. Think you will get on despite ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 14 July 2014 - 4:04pm

I was surprised. I had gone for a meeting with Simon Stevens, the new NHS England Chief. As with all such meetings, I had my requests. But instead he got there first. "I have three asks", he announced.

The first was what the third sector could do to support the implementation of the Government's pledge on Winterbourne.  Following the Winterbourne View scandal, the Government promised to move all learning disability clients out of inappropriate in-patient facilities into the community. The appalling abuse of people with learning disabilities exposed by the Panorama programme in Winterbourne View, an institution meant to care for them had shocked a nation. Norman Lamb MP, the Health Minister rightly said that not only must there be serious consequences for the Winterbourne View abusers, but that there were also wider issues in the care system that needed to be addressed. In particular, he insisted that all clients in inappropriate in-patient settings should be cared for near ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 11 July 2014 - 2:54pm

Today is set aside to remember the genocide of the 8000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica. I went to a special commemorative event at Lancaster House this week that our Government laid on to mark this day.  There is a wonderful charity established to ensure we never forget the atrocities that took place this day 19 years ago.

Not a comfortable event at all; with 3 of the mothers of those tortured and killed there and speaking of their experience and their loss. One mother told how she lost 44 male members of her family; from brothers, sons and husband to all her cousins and uncles.
The President of Bosnia also spoke about how we must never forget how such events can happen unless we are vigilant. ...more