ADCH Newsletter
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January 2016

ADCH Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone!
2016 Conference  and NEW Member Showcase area!
We’re delighted that the conference is attracting huge interest and places are going really fast. Please hurry and book your delegate spaces – remember we’re now doing a special fun event the night before the main conference starts to give everyone another night of great networking and catching up with friends we don’t see often enough. The conference itself has a quite incredible programme bursting with great new content including a couple of dogs on stage too!

We have three streams this year Dogs, Cats and Management so there’s something for everyone and don’t forget, there are tours of neighbouring Birmingham Dogs Home’s amazing brand new kennels too. The Pet Plan/ADCH Awards Dinner gives us all an excuse to don the posh frocks and fun outfits (don’t worry gents, we’ll let you wear trousers!) celebrate the incredible achievements of our friends and colleagues and with a superb and very special,  celebrity guest host, we’ll have a gala night to remember.

Check out the programme and book your places here:

ADCH is all about sharing stories, promoting best practice, swapping ideas, celebrating success and  learning more about what we all do and so, in true ADCH spirit, we are creating a Member Showcase Area at this year’s conference. We’re calling it “One Big Thing that Made A Difference”and this is where YOU come in. We are looking for members who have done something different, maybe something new and untested before, something that you did in your day to day rescues that changed the way you worked, or the way you raised money or cared for your animals. Have you done something different that made a  real and positive impact to your success, income or the way you operate? If so, we want you to showcase on a A1 sheet (that’s 4xA3) OR even easier, a piece of flip chart paper, your “One Big Thing”. Pictures, a few paragraphs of information, advice and photos to share what you did with your colleagues – this is all about sharing and learning together. For more info please contact Fabiola at
New ADCH Strategic Plan – feedback by 21st February
Just in case you haven’t yet seen it, the ADCH Strategic Plan went out to members last week for consultation. We are looking for your feedback and comment on the draft before the 21st February. The plan is ambitious and exciting and has been developed after a year’s worth of discussions with you all at meetings, conference and through online surveys. We really hope you like it.  Please read it, share it with your colleagues and come back if you have questions or comments by 21st February. We’ll be having a detailed session on it at the next Open Meeting in Edinburgh on  11th February. If you haven’t seen it for some reason and would like a copy for review, email Claire Horton, the Chairman at

Code of Practice – Urgent request to complete self assessment by 1st February.
This is a really important piece of work that will give us as realistic a picture of the Association as possible and, most importantly, help the Association put in place support that will benefit you as members.
Many ADCH organisations have submitted their completed self-assessments to the January deadline and we have now begun to analyse the material. Could those who have not done so (you know who you are)..... please submit their self assessment by the close Monday 1st February to We can then include them in our presentation at the forthcoming Open Meeting in Edinburgh (and in further detail at our annual conference).
If there is any reason that you are unable to submit a self-assessment form by this date or you need help with any particular aspect of the form,  please get in touch with the ADCH working group via and we then can discuss how we can help you.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Edinburgh!

Dates for the diary.  Future Open meetings 2016.

Kings Manor Hotel
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th February 2016 Kings Manor Hotel, Edinburgh, hosted by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. 
Overall theme ‘Rehoming process and legal considerations’.

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016 – hosted by North Clwyd Animal Rescue.  Overall theme – Human/companion animal collaboration in local communities.
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th November 2016  – hosted by Blue Cross Suffolk.  Theme to be confirmed.

Congratulations to ADCH Secretary Peter Laurie – a new Dad!!
We’re delighted to announce that our good friend and ADCH Secretary Peter Laurie has become a father! His son James was born on Sunday 17th January and weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 6oz.  Mum, Dad and Baby are all doing marvellously and you’ll be delighted to know Baby’s first romper suit has cute little dogs on it – so getting him straight into the swing of things! Peter will be with us in Edinburgh so we can look forward to lots of photos and maybe share a drink or two to welcome Baby James into the world.

Reminder.  Compulsory microchipping of dogs comes into force in England on 6th April 2016.  (An advice note prepared by Trevor Cooper has been circulated to all member organisations by Peter Laurie and is available from the ADCH website).

Circulation of this newsletter.  
We are intending to do a monthly newsletter (which will also appear on our website).   Do get in touch with Ben Wilkes the webmaster ( if you would like to add colleagues to our email mailing list and/or who may benefit from forum access.

Best wishes,

Ben Wilkes
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