Addictions UK Home treatment service is aimed at reaching those who cannot attend residential rehab centres ...more
Mutuals and co-ops once passed me by as an idea. The only co-ops I really knew about for a long time were vegetarian wholefood joints staffed by pony-tailed graduates and Christians. These places seemed desperately worthwhile - and very low on consumer-values such as atmosphere, service and range.
So I put co-ops into the 'nice but ineffective box' in my mind. The recent push for more mutuals has prompted me to look again at this format. To this end, I have read two superb books in the last month. One is 'Spedan's Partnenership' by Peter Cox, all about the rise of John Lewis. The other is David Erdal's book about Loch Fyne Oysters, which was taken into employee ownership following the death of one of its founders.
Both books helped to smash some of my misconceptions about employee-ownership. Firstly, these firms do not have group decision-making on all issues. Votes are not taken on which cleaning firm to use or even on many key management decisions. ...more
Social Firms UK wants to hear from you 01737 231 360 ...more
I hope I believe in balance. And part of that is identifying and knowing your team members’ goals outside of work.
It’s important to have outside lives and interests. You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself. Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person.
We try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals. We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me ). And so I love to hear about the other interests—how can we help further them? One person wants to be a writer. Another wants to go into aerospace. If I know this, perhaps someday I can help them. I can watch out for a person or introduction that might be helpful. Or even in a small way, I can find a helpful article in my daily journey of reading.
We’re all here to help each other. It can happen in so many ways. Focus on encouraging a balanced life and sharing of one another’s goals. Let’s ...more
The Green Paper on sentencing and rehabilitation, released by the Ministry of Justice, sets out precise proposals to address drug and alcohol use of offenders. The paper, entitled ‘Rehabilitating Offenders to Reduce Crime,’ was released on 7 December 2010. The necessity to ensure that drug misusing offenders fully recover from their addiction and avoid relapse [...] ...more
The year is once again fast drawing to a close. Each one seems to go by faster and faster; and this one especially was twelve months at quick march time. Still, there does appear to be a modicum of calm about this Christmas and the full horrors of commercialisation does not feel quite so overpowering somehow, I am relieved to say.
Our nurseries start their Christmas preparations in December (and not a day before), and so the festivities are now very much in full swing. Dress rehearsals for festive plays are round every corner, and Father Christmas is very busy popping up all over the place.
Some nurseries have also visited local homes for the elderly to sing Christmas songs with them. I hope that from now on this will be a core feature of our Christmas plan at LEYF, since those who have done so say the shared delight ...more
Unemployment at 2.5m: running at 7.9%. Major job losses in the public sector. And unemployment among young people rising significantly. Women are doing worse than men. And the worst hit areas are Yorkshire and the North East(areas that also took the biggest hits in the Council cuts).
This is not good news.
Predictions are that another 100,000 jobs in the public sector will go over the next few months. Worrying is the fact that long term unemployment is rising, with all the damaging and scarring effects that has. The number of people out of work for a year or more has reached a 13 year high.
We don't know exactly how many jobs have been lost in the third sector. There will have been many. And many more to come. We are beginning to collect the statistics because we need to know. For those in the sector who have seen the damage that unemployment can do to individuals, families and communities this is deeply worrying. Members tell me there major concern is the ...more
Labour says no to Bob ...more
“People want that gathering together. The table is magical. When you’re at the table, you’re open and your defenses are down.”
- Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS “Lidia’s Italy”
Mealtimes seem to be a time of the past. We eat in our cars and desks or even holding a powerbar walking out the door… and yet Lidia points out how we can find deep caring and nourishment at the table. It’s not just sharing food, but also sharing of our hearts and feelings. It’s a time to be a sounding board and to have sounding boards…from people who truly care about you. It’s a time to relax, and yet also profound as some of the most important issues in your life may come out in a casual way.
Don’t miss this time with your loved ones. “The table is magical.” Or I might add “The people at the table are magical.”
Responding to a surge in demand for help in starting up social enterprises, iSE has launched a series of ‘Boot Camps’ aimed at giving budding social entrepreneurs a fast track to acquiring the knowledge and skills they need.
The Boot Camps will involve one day’s intensive training, with pre- and post training support, and are designed to assist anyone with an idea for a social enterprise to develop it into a practical plan to start and sustain a business.
The conventional wisdom has tended to be that SE development needs to be gradual, moving at the pace best suited to that which the group can manage.
But the boot camp approach is short, sharp and intensive — in many ways about seizing the moment. Which is precisely what iSE’s chief exec Sarah Crawley thinks is necessary:
“The Big Society agenda has put the spotlight on social enterprises and community delivery programmes, while public sector spending cuts have prompted people being made redundant to ...more