Well an intensely busy week - I am off shortly to the Surrey Sports Conference which is again at Kempton Park , and organized by Active Surrey for the Surrey Sports Partnership. The TV rugby and tennis presenter John Inverdale is chairing it, so I’m looking forward to it today.
Last night was the annual High Sheriff’s Youth Awards presentations to seven organisations, most of whom are members of ours. It was hosted by Exxon Mobil at Leatherhead and was a useful networking opportunity.
Earlier on Thursday I had attended my first Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Board at which it was disclosed that there are some 8 different providers and pathways in the medical world alone for young people with ADHD; this was somewhat ironic as I had been with Nancy Williams at The Studio (ADHD Centre) the day before discussing business plan options, and regretting the complexity of the system. I also had a good meeting with Business in the Community on Thursday (busy day) building links and actions between us.
Earlier in the week was more about internal mechanics – a team meeting to discuss our draft business plan for 2012/13, and my Chairman and Vice-Chairman conducting my appraisal; it does make a huge difference to feel supported as a CEO.
On the national scene, I have only just come across the important "Outcomes Framework for Young people’s Services" published by NCVYS/NYA/Young Foundation, which is now up on our website, and am watching developments about the Youth Contract which is one of a series of initiatives aimed at providing opportunities to young people- like the Work Programme, Apprenticeship Scheme, and, in a different way the National Citizenship Scheme , which is being extended into Surrey this Summer.
Tomorrow, Saturday is our big performance event – The Celebration of Youth – at Esher High School with an exhibition at 3.00pm and the performance at 4.00pm until 6.00pm – it’s free and all are welcome!