FROM THE DESK OF THE CEO
Welcome to the Autumn Edition
I hope you are all well and like our latest newsletter letting you know of the great things we have been doing here at Abbeyfield Newcastle.
As always we have had a busy schedule. The Abbeyfield Annual Conference was held in Manchester in early October and the Agenda included a review of last year, discussions on the year ahead as well as keynote speeches on Dementia, Ageing better and the work of the Charity Commission. There was also a number of workshops, some designed directly for member societies like ours, with one specifically around a “Golden Moments “ theme, which is about local fundraising opportunities – more of that to follow. As always there was time to network and meet old friends and share experiences and thoughts. More importantly perhaps was the Royal Patron Awards ceremony on the evening when I am delighted to tell you that our own Kath Brown from the Grove received an award for her 30 years’ service, fantastic for our Kath to get the recognition she richly deserves. There was also a posthumous award to John Kilner which was received by his son Andrew. A rather special and emotional moment, and once again we are delighted that John received the National recognition for all of his hard work and commitment to Abbeyfield Newcastle.
We have a new Volunteer co-ordinator – Claire Murphy- Morgan - who has been engaging well with our staff, residents and volunteers as she makes plans for future activities and events. You will meet Claire later in the newsletter.
We have had our first Staff liaison meeting when I have had the chance to meet staff representatives from all areas of the business. This has been formed to provide better two-way communication, information and consultation and promote closer and more effective relationships. Our first meeting was very positive and I look forward to future meetings when we can really focus in on any issues that we may need to address to ensure that we are keeping our staff and residents as our number one priority.
I am still looking at future development opportunities and have been busy visiting a number of different care facilities to understand how they operate, so that we are in a better informed position to decide our future. I have also had a number meaningful discussions about possible funding for such projects and will be delivering several options to the Executive Committee for their consideration.
And finally and by no means least, By Special Appointment our own Winifred Spoor is meeting our patron His Royal Highness Prince Charles at a drinks reception on the 16th November. If you recall Winifred had some of her excellent artwork exhibited by Abbeyfield at a travelling exhibition recently and in recognition of that she and others will be meeting him for a special day – sounds like a good “selfie” opportunity!!
Christmas is around the corner – watch out for that special edition newsletter.
So, until next time
My very best wishes