To meet or not to meet...

on Friday, 19 May 2017. Posted in Blog Tags cancer, CancerCare, Cross Bay Walk, Kendal, Kendal Gateway Partnership, Lancaster, Lancaster University Colour Dash, Living With and Beyond Cancer, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, The Bay Cycle Way

CancerCare CEO Neil's Weekly Blog

Good Morning - do your ever get the feeling that the world we live in is built around “meetings”?

Wherever we turn these days, meetings, be it in work or out of work, seem to dominate our lives. But meetings are only good if they achieve something positive. I say this because this week, for me in particular, has been made up of meeting after meeting, and to be fair they have all been good and productive.

My first was with a group of Managers who are responsible for managing Lancaster City Council's Housing, who are going to help promote to tenants across Lancaster & Morecambe our services and our volunteering opportunities.

Gateway Centre LogoMy second - and it was still Monday - was with the Kendal Gateway. It was a really useful meeting to agree the plan for our public launch event being held on June 22nd at Kendal Town Hall from 2pm till 7pm. This is open to all local organisations and members of the public, so please come along if you live in Kendal and want to find out more about how the charities in the area are working together to improve the lives of the local community.

On Wednesday, before my two meetings of the day, I completed my online safeguarding for adults level 2 training. Even though it’s challenging, I really enjoyed refreshing my understanding and knowledge of this important area of work. If you have been watching the superb if not disturbing “Three Girls” drama on TV, this illustrated clearly the importance of our effective approach to the safeguarding of children and adults.  

ALISONSMy afternoon meeting in Kendal was with the Living With and Beyond Cancer Steering Group, progress being made and as we were in Kendal a chance for our Lead CCG Commissioner to see our centre in Kendal for the first time.

In other exciting news, I am pleased to say that the Cross Bay Walk is sold out, but we do however, still have some places left for our first Colour Dash at Lancaster University on Saturday 27th May. Suitable for all ages and should be huge fun, so please can I ask you all to spread the word about this event. 

Good luck to our Head of Operations Alison Stainthorpe and partner Tommy, who are doing the Bay Cycle Challenge for CancerCare this Saturday. If you can spare some cash it’s still not too late to sponsor them. I will have a cushion ready for her next week!

Regards, Neil