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July 2018 The return of the blog.......
It’s been a tough few months at The Clock due to some funding coming to an end and us not being able to replace it. So it’s been difficult thinking of positive tales to share with you. We have lost some amazing staff as services came ended; some of whom have have made The Clock what it is. Looking back what I should have been sharing is the hard work that our remaining small staff team have achieved and that they did not lost focus on delivering quality services to the people who need us.
As the leader of an organisation I find my time taken by contract reviews, financial reporting, compliance checks and writing funding bids. Usually I am the person who appears in one of our activities, needing to pass a message on or get something signed. I often feel that there’s not enough time for me to chat with the people who benefit from The Clock. Several weeks ago we had a visit from a potential funder. Our application had passed the rigorous assessment process and the visit was to check our credibility. The man from the funder met with a number of our members who told him their story and he heard comments such as ‘I never thought I’d work again’ ‘ Clock staff give me the confidence and encouragement to apply for jobs, now I’m working locally and loving it’. ‘sometimes when you come in the staff are really busy but they always stop and ask how they can help’ and ‘I’d have probably been homeless if I hadn’t come to The Clock on the day I did’. The funder didn’t need to spend too much time with me looking at the mountain of spreadsheets I’d got ready; the members had given him the real-life story of The Clock.
As a team we’re working hard to explore all options for sustaining The Clock for the long term including looking at social enterprises and building our team of volunteers. Fortunately two national funders have given us the funding to employ an Enterprise and Partnerships Manager and a Volunteer Co-ordinator (please see our website for more details). This is the start of the next chapter of The Clock and the way we resource the organisation will change. What won’t change is our vision to support communities in North Yorkshire, particularly in and around Thirsk, to become strong, resilient, and vibrant so that everyone, including the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged, feels that they belong. I look forward to telling you more about new programmes in the next blog.
March 2017 (missed February because i REALLY didn't have time to write a blog)
Community Works HQ
St James Green
Tel: 01845 524 494
Community Works CIO
Community Works HQ, Church Hall, St James Green, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1AQ
Registered charity number 1096518
Please note that in March 2020 The Clock (Yorkshire) CIO and Thirsk Community Care merged to form Community Works CIO