Seasons Greetings from Claire and all the ADCH Management Committee
ADCG : Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

December 2015

The new ADCH Strategic Plan 2016-2019 – Consultation starts in January.
Following on from the April conference where the outline strategic objectives for the future development of ADCH were set out and as per the subsequent updates at the last two Open Meetings, the draft strategic plan is heading your way at the beginning of the New Year. We are hoping you will give us your feedback and any final contributions before we launch it officially at the AGM in April. The plan has been formulated following detailed exchanges with members through surveys, at meetings and in person. We have listened to what you, our members want and need from ADCH and have sought to ensure the future of the Association is both sustainable and exciting. This ambitious strategy will increase member numbers, member benefits and support our key objective of increasing welfare standards through our Code of Practice.
ADCH Code of Practice – Implementation Update
It's great to be able to let you know that members are already sending in their self-assessments. The Code has now been rolled out for member self-assessment and we are asking all members to assess their own organisations, with all completed forms back with us by Monday 4th January 2016.  This process will allow the Committee to understand those areas of the Code with the greatest and lowest levels of compliance across the membership and to assist us in putting in place constructive support and comprehensive guidance for members. If anyone has any queries or worries, don’t be shy, please email us on and one of the working group will get back to you and be happy to help.
Another ‘first’ for members
The ADCH is delighted to announce a FREE webinar, set up for ADCH members to help you through the changes ahead for us all, from the changes to the law re microchipping.
Title:                The Microchip Maze – A Guide for Rescues  
Date:                Monday 14th December 2015
Time:                5.15pm – 6.15pm
Venue:             At a PC, laptop or mobile device convenient to you
A webinar is a seminar that takes place on the Internet, allowing participants in different locations to hear the panellists and ask questions. It is very simple technology so don’t be put off and even better – it’s completely free. Huge thanks to the lovely Clare Williams, NAWT for organising this for us.

To register just click this link and follow the instructions – there’s no limit on how many people from one organisation can register so you can all enjoy the event.
The ADCH Conference 2016 is almost here! – Registration open from 4th January 2016.
Next year’s ADCH Conference, hosted by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, will take place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April at the centrally located Hilton Birmingham Metropole.  The conference registration system will go live on Monday 4th January 2016.  We are expecting over 400 delegates so please book early. We have a host of new and dynamic speakers, workshops, dedicated dog and cat streams as well as lots on fundraising, comms and marketing and governance, new and emerging topics, behaviour sessions (with actual dogs!) lots of interactive sessions, panel debates and networking, the amazing charity awards gala dinner (so get your glad rags ready) plus a pre-conference evening fun event that’ll really get us all warmed up!
We think it’s a phenomenal programme with lots to interest everyone, whatever your size. 
We’d also like to hear from you. We’d like to put a small exhibition in the exhibitor area of members’ ideas and high impact, yet simple initiatives – it’s called ‘One Big Thing That Made a Difference’.  If you did something that made a huge difference to your centre, your income or maybe your ability to rehome animals AND you can explain it in words and pictures on one sheet of A0 poster paper, then we’d love to hear about it. Please get in touch with Fabiola Wardle ( to talk to us about showcasing your idea for others to see and learn from.  (Please also include a synopsis of your experience).
More big news for 2016 – ‘Special Recognition’ award
ADCH is launching a new award at next year’s conference, Charity Awards Gala Dinner. ADCH is looking for an individual who has done something exceptional for our sector (dog and cats).  This might be:
  • Someone who has gone ‘above and beyond’ normal expectations
  • An ‘unsung hero’
  • A major ‘influencer’
  • Someone who has ‘changed the face of the sector through innovation, a particular project or major initiative’.
  • It can be someone who works either nationally or internationally and they don’t have to work directly in your centre – you may know them or work with them but they must have made a major or significant impact. 
Nominations (using the form circulated this week) to the  by 31st January 2016.
Dates for the diary.  Future Open meetings 2016.
  • Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th February 2016 – hosted by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home – Overall theme ‘Rehoming process and legal considerations’. 
  • Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April 2016 – ADCH Annual Conference – Birmingham Metropole 
  • 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. 
Other reminders:
  • ADCH subscriptions become due in January 2016
  • Compulsory microchipping of dogs comes into force in England on 6th April 2016.  
Circulation of this newsletter. 
We are intending to continue with this monthly newsletter (which will also appear on our website) and we’d like its circulation to expand to as many members and relevant associates, including potential new members as possible. Do get in touch with Ben Wilkes the webmaster ( if you would like to add colleagues or others to our email mailing list or indeed if you have anything you want us to cover.

Happy Christmas Everyone! 
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