Neil's Blog #30

on Friday, 15 January 2016. Tags CancerCare, Cumbria, Kendal, KidsCompany, Lancaster, LancasterUniversity, localcharity, NorthLancashire, RiskManagement, SouthLakeland

Good morning all! Another busy week!

Monday started off with a packed agenda for the Leadership Team meeting, using the start of the year to re-focus on key work for all parts of CancerCare over the coming weeks.

The two big items discussed in preparation for the first Trustee meeting of the year next month included our Organisational Risk Map. It is vital that  not only do we understand  the risks we face, but have plans and measures in place to help us mitigate them. It is sad to say that many charities, some larger than us do not  (for example,  Kids Company last year.) 

The second item was to agree our draft budget and business plan for 2016/17.  My aim is to be able to continue to grow our services, invest in the infrastructure (buildings and I.T) and of course , all our staff and volunteers.

SAM 1530In other news, a group of Lancaster University Students (pictured above) are currently working on our behalf by conducting  a local research project and have reported  to us that we have received over 100 responses to a recent survey sent to a variety of supporters . In addition they will start their street/community questionnaire in Lancaster and Kendal later this month. We wish them well and look forward to considering the outcome of this work which will help us plan in the future.

On Wednesday I attended the Cancer Partnership Group which continues to go from strength to strength. A great forum for patients to feedback on NHS services and to be a sounding board to help improve services for all.

Kendal Drop In

Also this week I spent a really pleasant couple of hours in the company of the Kendal Drop in group (pictured above) who held their first drop in at their new home at The Lakes Centre. I am sure the group will go from strength to strength and I wish them well.

Later today I will be attending - along with Sue Tyson -  the funeral in Arnside of Barbara Rylands. Barbara and her friend Joan (deceased) raised a great deal of money for CancerCare  and have been inspirational supporters and champions of our work for many years. It is fitting that Sue who has known them both and I will pay our respects on behalf of CancerCare.

Whatever you are doing have a very pleasant weekend, scarves and hats I think will be the order of the day! Neil