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The Slice NOVEMBER 2015 | ISSUE 8

Welcome... ... to the November issue of The Slice. Hard to believe we’re on the 8th issue already. If you’ve missed any of the previous editions then visit www.lifecharity.org.uk/slice where you can access and download all the old Slices.

In this issue... Thank-a-Colleague - p2

Fundraising Latest - p3

#HousingDay - p2

Shops’ News - p4

Belfast Tea Party - p3

Education Round-up - p4

Don’t forget to keep sending in your news, views and stories. Your support in making The Slice current, informative and interesting is vital and we really appreciate you taking the time to contribute. The next issue will be the Christmas one so please send in any seasonal news and photographs by Thursday 10 December so we can get it to you well before we break up for the festivities! Mary Lubrano, Editor Emma pictured here with her daughter Eleanor.

Congratulations We are delighted to announce that Emma Turner has been appointed as Life’s Health & Safety and Facilities Manager as from 1 December 2015. Emma’s new position is part of the Corporate and Finance Department based at Head Office. Rita Majumdar in the centre with her flowers.

THANK YOU Farewell & thank you to:

Rita Majumdar – Accounts Payable Assistant (see above) David Wernham – Helensburgh Shop Manager Joy Scudder– Dartford Support Worker (see p2)

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She will be working five days a week and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of facilities management across all Life premises. Promoting a positive health and safety culture in the work place, Emma will be ensuring that any legislation and policies are adopted and implemented throughout the charity.

Hello & welcome to: Andi Hollingworth - Woking Support Worker

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Thank-a-Colleague! Joy Scudder, Senior Support Worker at the Dartford Life house will be leaving the Dartford project at the end of November 2015.



Joy – I wish you all the best in your new chapter and I will miss you dearly. Although I was very sad to hear you are leaving, I have come to realise there are exciting opportunities and challenges that await you. It has been an honour to work with you over the last 10 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you in both a personal and working capacity. I’m sure the team and Life would also agree that we have all benefited from your knowledge, hard work and patience and wish you every success in your new path. I will long remember our time and all the happy moments we have shared. You have been a great colleague, team member and a friend. Best wishes and once again all the very best. Bally Majhail Senior Support Worker, Dartford House



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Joy and Bally with the Mayor of Dartford earlier this year.

Woking Support Worker Sam Lawton has been nominated twice! Tenant Sophie Johnson says:



I have received some amazing support from my Support Worker. My confidence has grown tremendously. I cook every day from scratch and I’ve also lost two stone and quit smoking. Life Housing has been my absolute lifeline and I am so grateful. Thank you endlessly!



Sentiments echoed by Regional Manager Tracy Norman:



Sam has worked over and above to support all the Surrey tenants since her co-worker left Life, offering overtime and covering all three Surrey Life houses. She has just become a Grade B Support Worker and is a joy to work with.



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If you would like to apply, or know someone who may be interested, please go to the Life website www.lifecharity.org.uk/jobs where full details on this position and other vacancies at Life can be found. FEMALE* SUPPORT WORKER – MATERNITY LEAVE COVER LOCATION: Slough Life Houses HOURS: 16 hours per week CLOSING DATE: 18 December 2015 Cover required from 18 January 2016 for up to 1 year. NB: Our contract with Slough Borough Council is due to be reviewed in March 2016, therefore hours are subject to change. If you would like to apply, please write a short statement on why you would like the position and what experience/ qualifications you would bring to the role, including the amount of hours you would be interested in working.

#housingday #HousingDay is an annual UK Twitter event celebrating the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK and featuring stories by UK housing landlords, staff & #proudtenants. Following the success of Life Housing’s involvement with it last year, we posted and tweeted again this year to promote the service with great success. Posting quotes, photographs, memes and statistics, in one day we reached well over 3,000 people on Twitter with 90 interactions (re-tweets, replies, follows and likes) and 134 likes, comments and shares on Facebook. Visit www.lifecharity.org.uk/housing-day for more info. Mary Lubrano, Communications

Please forward your statement of interest to [email protected] LIFE is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and is open to women only (*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).

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LIFE is the trading name of LIFE 2009, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, no. 06786752 and registered national charity no. 1128355 in England and Wales and no. SC041329 in Scotland.

Housing Tea party

Fundraising Supporting an exciting fundraising event is a fantastic way of getting to know more of us in Life and having a great day out with friends. We’ve got two events lined up for next summer: the Wolf Run and the London 10 Bridges Walk. We’d love you to get sponsors for one of our gallant mud heroes or bridge walkers, who will raise funds for your Life group. Staff and tenants at the Belfast Life house co-hosted a tea party with Greenway Women’s Centre on 17 November. “The total raised so far is £80. It was such a lovely morning and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely,” said Senior Support Worker, Julie Clark. “Littlehampton Support Worker Denise Cottingham was visiting Weymouth and took a donation to the charity shop there. Nice work Denise!” Tracy Norman, Regional Manager.

The Wolf Run is being held on 11/12 June at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. We’ve got 13 people competing so act quickly if you want them to run for your group. Bring a picnic, sit by the Serpentine Lake and watch the poor victims making up our Life team wade, crawl, jump or run through water, mud and goodness knows what else. For us, the Wolf Pack bar, live music and local food promises to make it a great day out. On the other hand, the London 10 Bridges Walk is more suited to a Sunday afternoon. It will take place on the 25 September, criss-crossing the Thames from Tower Bridge to Putney and ending up with tea and cakes at a rather nice Pret a Manger. Just call me if you want sponsorship packs and more details. You can also visit the page on our web site http://lifecharity.org.uk/what-you-can-do/fundraise/ organised-events Do you give directly to a LIFE group? If you do, we really appreciate your support. Thank you. But if you pay tax, did you know that the government will top it up by another 25% through Gift Aid? Just drop me a line [email protected] or call 07775 761590 so that we get the right form to you. And even if you don’t pay tax, I’d love to hear from you to make sure we are making the most of your gifts. David Bennett, Fundraising, Development & Communications

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Shops

Education

Swapping ideas for success On 18 November, all Shop Managers, Deputies and Shop Assistants from Life shops in England met to explore new initiatives and unveil the new Shop manual. Sarah Palmer from Eastleigh reported that the shop’s Facebook page is generating a lot of interest both in terms of donations and people wanting to help out in Care. Her ideas for FB are being shared with other shops which are piloting them ready to roll out across the UK. There was a lot to cover on the day, from stock rotation between shops to keep stock fresh and new, to eBay and online sales; we have already matched our annual projected budget of online book sales by more than 50%. We ended the day discussing how to increase the quality and quantity of stock coming through shop doors - Lorraine Warren and Dorota Ciaston, for instance, have both received a lot of new stock from their local Tiger shops.

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The new Education Officers, who joined in September, are a very welcome addition to the Education team. Clara Watson spends two days a week at the Pro-life Research Unit and the rest of her time is mainly taken up with social media. Her efforts have vastly improved the Life Facebook page and increased our social media presence, so thank you Clara. Clare Plasom-Scott and James Tranter have already delivered their first school talks and we hope that Peter Sullivan and Clara will follow shortly. Standing in front of a group of young people, the majority of whom are prochoice, can be very daunting so Education Officers need to be both brave and resilient. There is, however, nothing more rewarding than leaving a school knowing that you have changed hearts and minds. Last week I was invited to deliver three talks on abortion to students in Year 11 and the Lower 6th. The teacher, who invites me every year, is extremely pro-choice but welcomes our visit because she knows that “it is always a lively and passionate debate”. I normally ask students for a show of hands to see where they stand on the issue. On this occasion there were only two people in either year group that thought that there was anything at all wrong with abortion. As usual, most people thought that abortion was acceptable in certain circumstances but around one third of each group thought that it was perfectly fine in all circumstances. I had my work cut out!

Doncaster Shop Manager Margaret Richards (pictured here with Christine Milner and Barbara Johnson) organised a fashion show recently to promote shop sales and awareness - a unique way to show off their stock and build a community of support.

Spooky fun! Our shops take advantage of events in order to attract customers and increase sales. Halloween was too good an opportunity to miss and our Managers and volunteers have enjoyed hamming it up in the shops dressed in their finest!

A large groups of students said: “We came here today to challenge you but you have completely won us over.” A young man, very outspoken about his pro-abortion stance, came up at the end and thanked me. He said that although he did not agree with me he thought that “the presentation was extremely well-reasoned and factual and presented a very powerful argument.” Another girl said that “the pro-life position is too often presented in very emotive terms but the reasoned and logical arguments that you presented were very convincing.” Talks don’t always go this well but when they do it makes the job worthwhile and convinces us of the importance of talking to young people. The new recruits are finding it difficult to comprehend the difficulties we experience getting into schools - but get into schools we must. Personal contact is always best so if anyone has contacts in any school then please do let me know - [email protected]

Eireann Janssens, Retail Margaret Richards and Christine Milner

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There was indeed a lively debate but the outcome was really encouraging. One teacher said: “I cannot believe that I have reached the age of 44 - convinced in my position - but today you have completely changed my mind.” Another said that “the talk was excellent” and asked if it might be possible for me to come back and speak to his Year 10s.

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LIFE is the trading name of LIFE 2009, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, no. 06786752 and registered national charity no. 1128355 in England and Wales and no. SC041329 in Scotland.

Key contacts Head Office is here to help – so if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our main number is 01926 312272 or you can email the admin department at [email protected] Email addresses follow this format: [email protected]

Stephen Sharpe (CEO) 07545 264492

Isaac Nyirenda (Finance) 07787 546508

Thomas Gower (Retail Finance) 01926 312272

Margaret Coward (Operations) 07515 068077

David Bennett (Fundraising, Development & Communications) 07775 761590

Anne Scanlan (Education and Media) 07986 864560

Stuart Cowie (Communications) 07515 578588

Vicky O’Brien (Human Resources) 07768 397980

Liz Lloyd (Care) 07786 390861

Eireann Janssens (Retail) 07515 578597

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