Snow Business at the Office Today

We’ve had a few inches of snow in Wiltshire, the schools are closed, the lane is impassable, the garden is desperate for a snowman and the office will remain closed today.  We’re still open for business though so please give me a call on 07720 297515 or email as usual.

Blog Action Day – Poverty

I’ve seen poverty, but never experienced it.  Living in Bombay (as it was called back in 1985) the drive from the airport to downtown involved passing by shanty-towns and beggars with limbless babies pressing themselves against the window of the air-conditioned Mercedes as we stopped at the traffic lights.  We Read more…

YouCanDo Guides

Yesterday saw the launch of the YouCanDo Guides from The Scarman Trust at Westminster Central Hall.  The highlight of the day were the stories from six ordinary (or extraordinary) people who have helped change their communities.    The smooth running of the day was somewhat disrupted by one of the Read more…

Cllr2.0 – how do Councillors use the internet to engage?

As part of a Ministry of Justice funded Innovations Fund project, we’re involved in giving a presentation tomorrow to a group of Councillors at Norfolk County Council on the ways that are / could be used to engage with constituents via the internet. Here’s the long list I have at Read more…

Celebrating good customer service

I’m normally far too quick to complain and not quick enough to praise, so when I get really good customer service I ought to shout about it. So let me introduce Tony West, our friendly TNT driver. At 7.20am this morning there was a knock on the door at home.  Read more…

Cost of care

I recently produced some spreadsheets for an elderly relative to see how long they could afford a care home before having to sell the house they have lived in for 30 years.  I was horrified by how quickly the money goes.  Care is not cheap. A good client from one Read more…

How the Scarman Trust thing went

It was great! During the day there were stalls, lovely food and lots of performances, including African and Cuban dancing, performance poetry and storytelling and our Weakest Think. The African dancers made Shane get up and dance with them, which was worth working on a Saturday just to see. One Read more…

Gala Day fun

Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol12.30-5pmSat 31st March We will be putting on a show at The Scarman Trust South West’s ‘Increase the Peace’ gala day and benefit gig (go here and you can download the flyer from top right – I know the link seems to be saying ‘CONGRATULATIONS October 3’, Read more…

Don’t get too personal

We received a cautionary tale this morning about what not to put into emails: "My wife recently had her email address blocked by the school where her sister teaches because she put three kisses at the end of a message, the filter obviously understood this to be relating to adult Read more…

I laugh in the face of ‘going to the gym’ type resolutions…

…which almost never last past January. Instead I’ve got a new job, working full time for Gallomanor, which means changing nearly everything in my life, so who needs resolutions to create change? I’ve been freelancing for Gallomanor off and on for three years. My main job during that time has Read more…

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