CEO Chat #38

CEO Chat

As you know by now, I do like sunshine, it brings warmth and a lovely light to the days. It is so much easier to be in a sunny mood with days like this.

Enough of my day dreaming, I must get some useful words down before I light the fire for the evening.

What has happened in recent weeks? In no particular order, just as my mind recalls them.

  • Siobhan started with us as a higher-level apprentice on 1st February, and all being well, she’ll be with us for two years. Upon graduation Siobhan hopes to become a HR Advisor, hopefully with CDA and our growing staff team.
  • The Office of Cumbria Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner arranged a safety event, helping people to avoid online scams and fraudulent schemes. This was really well received in our Carlisle Hub. There are plans to offer this event around the county when the opportunity next arises.
  • Karen, Rebecca and Debbie W attended the Cumbria Music Hub conference. They were all wowed by the day, led by a Deaf musician. Rebecca said “It was really inspirational to watch Paul how he works with deaf children, whether they can hear well or not at all, doing songs in silence, and teaching beats in music. He’s also determined to keep BSL in music making it look magical not like English structure with better flow.” (picture)
  • The colourful and creative folk in Barrow hosted Martin Glover, a deaf artist for the half term week, to create a special art installation to celebrate our 130th anniversary – when it is all ready and on display, I’ll say more. Until then, if you’re keen, pop over to our Facebook page to see what is in hand.
  • I went to a Helping Hands conference, an event celebrating all that a really dedicated project team had succeeded in delivering over a jam-packed 2-year initiative to improve volunteering in the heritage and arts across Cumbria. The programme highlighted the benefits of volunteering and made it clear that CDA should look to fund a cultural coordinator to help deliver more artistic events and activities across the county.
  • The South Lakes Policing team have launched a monthly informal get together for community groups. So far there have been two meetings, both have been really positive ways to meet other people, chat with no agenda and look for ways we can collaborate and support each other and our clients.  (picture)
  • On a final note, a date for your diary…..Saturday 15th June, a FREE family activity day at National Trust Fell Foot, Newby Bridge. Lots of activities to try, films, talks and games. BSL interpreters on site for some activities – program will confirm times.
Caroline at the first South Lakes Policing Team community get together.