Neil's Blog #46

on Friday, 24 June 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Age UK South Lakeland, CancerCare, Cumbria, Kendal, Lancaster, northlancashire

Good Morning from Slynedales! Our coffee morning’s at both centres will soon be in full swing  and I am looking forward to meeting up Neil Wynne and Louisa Bolderson, who are leading the 'Living with and Beyond Cancer' project who are popping in to visit.

All roads this week have definitely been centred in the North of our patch for me this week, with two separate visits and meetings in Kendal and starting off on Monday with our engagement event in Barrow, held at the Forum in the town centre.

CancerCare Barrow Event


This was attended by 50 people, drawn from different organisations as well as members of the public and was our chance to reflect back on the research work undertaken before moving to the next stages in our service development for the area. It was a really fantastic event, very engaging and honest about what is needed and what is potentially achievable. Thanks to the cross-section of team members who helped on the day. Next steps include a formal report to our Trustees in August and feedback to all staff at our July staff meeting.

Wednesday morning it was back to Kendal. Alison Dixey and I met with Penny Pullinger from Age UK. They have been awarded the Cumbria flood victim counselling money, so we have been agreeing how this service gets rolled out in the area. It's good news that we can at least offer some support in partnership with Age UK, as the emotional impacts of the floods continue to be an issue for the many hundreds of individuals affected.

rainbow flagIf like me you are following our Guardian appeal with coverage that is excellent week after week you may have read in last week’s paper and covered again this week a story regarding the shooting and murder of 49 people in a Gay Nightclub in Orlando and the murder of the MP Jo Cox. In Lancaster a memorial service was held at the Priory to remember the victims and it is hoped that Lancaster’s own Pride festival, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender will be brought back in 2017. As a local charity we should support such expressions of culture and do what we can, as I believe we do to ensure that our services are open to all, irrespective of their gender/race/religion.

The weekend is here again and for me and Alan the start of a week’s holiday. Have a good weekend and week all of you. Blog will resume on Friday 8th July!