Volunteering

So… this week is Volunteers’ Week, when we as a nation get to say thank you for the work of volunteers. Here at Empowerment, we to would like to say a great big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. Over the past year we have been enthusiastically building up the numbers of our volunteers in all aspects of our service delivery. We have volunteer advocates, volunteer administrators, a volunteer cleaner, volunteer dementia group leaders, volunteer ‘Speak Out Forum’ members, volunteer Fulfi...
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Mike’s #BigSleepout18

On the night of Friday 23rd March 2018, rather than sleeping in my own bed, I slept out on the street in the middle of Blackpool with 250 other people to raise money for Streetlife, as part of the 2018 BIG Sleepout. It was an uncomfortable experience as it rained for much of the night, but due to the brilliant atmosphere and being with so many other caring and compassionate people it was also inspiring! I did the BIG Sleepout for three reasons: 1. The first being my own personal gratitud...
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Louise is celebrating 11 Years with Empowerment this month!

Empowerment is passionate about supporting people to change their lives for the better here on the Fylde Coast. We are heavily reliant on the commitment and hard work of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.  Louise Goldstone recently celebrated 11 years of working for our charity, starting as an Administrator and rising through the ranks to being our Support Services Manager. Louise provides the organisational support to our charity overseeing; health and safety, finance, administrativ...
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It’s cruel to be ‘not’ kind!!

Last week I spent two days interviewing for our new Fulfilling Lives Lived Experience Team. As is our usual practice one of the interview panel was a person with multiple complex needs and had a huge amount of lived experience. He is now working very hard to turn his life around, and frankly I felt the experience of being in his company very humbling and inspiring in equal measure. During one of our conversations in between interviews, he told me about his experiences of begging on the street...
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Celebrating Ebonie & National Apprenticeship Week

Empowerment is enthusiastically supporting National Apprenticeships Week which is taking place at the moment. Empowerment has a proud record of recruiting Apprentices and providing them with really positive experiences. Kevin Glossop, our Performance and Monitoring Officer started off his career as an Empowerment Apprentice. We are very lucky that Ebonie Parker is our current Apprentice whose role is to provide administrative support to our Blackpool Advocacy Hub Team. Ebonie has really enjoy...
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Good enough is not good enough!!

Empowerment has a passion for providing the very best enabling support for the people we serve. It is essential that we constantly strive to improve, to do things better and change when we need to. Increasingly this drive for improvement has to come from people with lived experience, who for me are the real experts we should be listening to. Accountability is the key to driving these changes forward. I am very fortunate to be accountable to our Board of Trustees who are unfailingly supportive...
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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

One of my very favourite songs is’ Changes’ by the incomparable David Bowie. In the song he exhorts us to, ‘turn and face the strange’. By this I think he means changing what you’re used to into something which is new, exciting and uncomfortable! So, I thought I’d use this, our first blog, to set out some of my current thinking on the importance of change and where the impetus for change has to come from. We know for a fact that our communities on the Fylde Coast where we operate, face many a...
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