Welcome to my Friday Blog No.3/10.
Well the main focus of the week has been preparing for Pqasso, and drafting the Members’ survey…and meetings.
We were visited by a potential new trustee on Tuesday for an induction session and to meet our small team; she will make a great contribution to our Board.
I had a good meeting with our uniformed organisations on Tuesday evening – Scout numbers up by 4.7%, and so too Guides. Concerns about grant cuts, and how figures of “contacts” are used by grant funders with the risk of double counting. Discussed possible use of youth centre buildings. Feedback on July ‘s Celebration of Youth and preference for an April Celebration next year.
Meetings on Wednesday of the Surrey Sports Board discussing the melding together of the established Surrey Youth Games with a new (SCC funded -£250,000) Surrey School Games. Also a new structure of sport competitions from Sport England. I might need to convene a meeting of all our sports organisations.
Then equally good meeting of Surrey 14-19 Partnership. Further Education speak / jargon is quite impossible – no one understands it all, BUT there are real opportunities here for some SYF member to get into this arena. We all need to understand the new Qualifications and Credit Framework better.
A second round of Faiths in Action grant (£6,000) has fallen into my lap – manna from……the Community Development Foundation…..about which I am linking up with the Guildford Diocese.
Big Picture: In London today, Friday, for meeting at our national body, NCVYS, about project planning the launch of heavily subsidised course for the voluntary youth sector. I was part of (another) consortium bid with CVYS colleagues from East and West Sussex that was successful in its bid. More later. Congratulations to Surrey Youth Consortium for its formal launch today.
Personal Disclosure: Enjoyed DVD last week- end of the first Stieg Larsson book in the “Girl with Dragon Tatoo" trilogy (read on holiday). Great Swedish production; recommended. Off with my three boys (aged 30 ish) on Saturday to support Wasps v. Leicester and MA Theology lectures start next week. Almost too much fun! (Yeah I know!)
a) Last week’s Answer: Paul Weller is of course a Patron of Woking YMCA and therefore aways a winner! (Well done Terry Eckersley)
b) This week’s question: What is the link between: Aphrodite, and a great West Coast American Group from the late 1960s, and Jimmy Hendrix??
Enjoy the weekend!