Away Day at Forrest Hills boosts staff development

on Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, blog, cancer, CancerCare, CEO, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello. Our staff attended an 'Away Day' with Maggie Shannon and Sally Webster who jointly run a company called Skyline. 

The feedback has been really positive and I hope all of our staff have taken something away from the experience.

These learning and sharing experiences will hopefully continue as everyone works together across departments.

Plenty of time to think and come up with fresh ideas.

It’s been a bit quieter this week as a result of staff being out on our 'Away Days' so it has been a good time to have the carpet fitters in at our Slynedales centre in Lancaster.

I must say, I am really pleased with the re-carpeted client lounge. Decorating work at Kendal will be getting underway shortly.

We are, of course, getting into holiday mode with many of us taking holidays over the coming weeks.

I hop you enjoy them whatever you are planning. We all benefit from some down time.

'Managing upwards' was a theme of our team away days last week and there was a similar theme at last Tuesday evening's meeting of Lancaster Business District (BID) which I attend.

I can honestly say that at long last the promised 'sea change' from Lancaster City Council, working with business and the third sector, is beginning to become a reality.

This is so pleasing and credit must go to Susan Parsonage, the CEO, for pushing an agenda of change. I was not the only person at the meeting who felt a clear wind of change.

Last Thursday I spent some time at our Kendal Drop In. I must confess it’s been difficult for me to coordinate my diary recently but this week I managed it and it was great to see the group going from strength to strength.

I was due to meet with Sue Thompson from Rosemere and Jeannette Smalley from Cancer Help to begin planning our jointly-run Cancer Conference for the support groups across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

It doesn’t half come round fast! It's a conference I am personally proud to support, showcasing how joint working pays so many dividends. However, we postponed due to the traffic chaos caused by the M6 closure and will be reconvening this week.

Last week we said goodbye to Anna Saczek from our Fundraising team. Anna has taken up a part time job in the Lakes so that she can pursue her career as an artist. We had our traditional tea and cake send off for Anna and we wish her well.

We have commenced a strategic review of our overall approach to fundraising - after all, our current strategy is three years old and has served us well, but it’s time to work with the team as we look forward.

There are loads of amazing fundraising activities going on across CancerCare involving the team and, of course, our wonderful volunteers.

At the weekend, in my village of Pilling, it was our annual coffee feast celebration. Alan and I had a house full of family visitors staying for the weekend and it was an enjoyable time.

Whatever you are doing this week, have a good one!



Neil Townsend

Chief Executive Officer