Neil's Blog #49

on Friday, 29 July 2016. Posted in Blog Tags #cancersupport, Barrow, CancerCare, CancerCare Lottery, Lancaster, Lancaster University, St Mary's Hospice

Good morning from Lancaster! The week started with our staff meeting. Thanks to all of you for contributing so much to these meetings.

They do really help us have effective communication which is two way, honest and energising. The topics covered, for those not able to make it included:

•    Update on the Barrow project
•    Feedback on the learning points from the recent homework exercise undertaken by the Leadership team
•    Group work, gathering ideas and suggestions about what a teenage support service might look like – this is work in progress and I will keep everyone up to speed with this as it progresses

Alison DixeyTuesday was a packed day coinciding with Alison Dixey celebrating her first year at CancerCare and what a year of achievement. As one colleague said to me, it feels like she's been here ages, meant in a good way I might add!

It was good for the two of us to reflect on the past year as we travelled to St. Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston to meet the team and bring them up to speed with our Barrow project. We came away feeling pleased and with clear signals about how the work of the two organisations can bring lasting benefit in the area.

Later in the day, we were joined by Christine and Alison who make up a really well rounded and strong team as we headed to Lancaster University to hear back from students Christina, Alice and Yuan, who have produced an excellent piece of research work for CancerCare. It contains a number of really good recommendations about how we should try and improve our expression of the client, how we receive feedback, some of our literature and use of social media. Alison is charged with condensing down the very detailed report into digestible chunks for further consideration.

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On Wednesday, I met with David Brown ,our Auditor, to put the final touches to the annual accounts and report, which will soon be ready . I then had the nice job of presenting the Summer Lottery prize draw winner, Mrs Ogden from Morecambe with her cheque for £500 and a hamper. I visited the sheltered housing scheme where she lives and met a group of residents who all support our Lottery. They have had two £500 winners and number of smaller winners, so a lucky postcode!

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.