Update from Harriet Roberts, Operations and Projects Manager,
Stanley Grange Community Association 19 October 2021
It’s good to talk …

We are looking forward to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6 November at the revised time of 10.30am. Top of our priority list for the coming year will be a commitment to strengthen the Stanley Grange Partnership and go forward with a shared narrative - as we continue to take the charity to a new level of engagement, restore our profile and revive our place in the community after a long, long lockdown and restrictions. We will also be welcoming back, Karen Riding to the trustee Board, and saying thank you to Acting Chair, David Wilks who is retiring as a trustee.

I am working closely with Lorraine Chapman-Linnet, the Operational Network Manager for Future Directions at Stanley Grange on some ideas for  improving the way that the Stanley Grange Partnership communicates with families. For Future Directions, Lorraine has circulated a reminder of the cards which are handy all around Stanley Grange to help with this process. See images below. Lorraine has also agreed to forward these SGCA e.bulletins to the families of people who live here, Future Directions teams and those who may not be on my mailing list to open up better ways of keeping connected.

The Stanley Grange Forum is also thinking about its purpose in supporting the Partnership. I am working with the co-Chairs, Mary O’Toole and Bea Williamson,  to pull together ideas from all families on the sort of areas for a consultation and review. Once I have confirmed the questionnaire, I will be in touch with families including those who do not engage at all with SGCA and the Forum - via Lorraine.

Stanley Grange Community Association is going through a review process with Future Directions which aims to put Stanley Grange in a financially secure position with clarity over areas of landlord’s responsibility in terms of the buildings and ongoing maintenance and repairs. This will help us grow but also clear up many grey areas which can cause conflict and confusion.

A huge part of the success and the story of Stanley Grange in the past has been the respect and support we have received from the community. On Monday 8 November, we will be launching the Stanley Grange Community Action Team which is a scheme to rebuild our links with the local areas of Hoghton, Bamber Bridge, Samlesbury, Preston, Blackburn, Chorley and Ribble Valley and the wider region. I look forward to working with Kirsten who has just joined the Future Directions Business Development team and Jenny Neville, the Volunteering Manager on this project which will undoubtedly have some focus on providing support to the Stanley Grange Plant Centre and its development.
‘Ho Ho … Who?’

At our birthday celebrations earlier this month, Nigel who lives in Stables announced: ‘Let’s have a cheer for the town crier!’ 

Roland Hailwood, from Clitheroe was certainly a big hit in his red coat, smart tri-corner hat and bell. Roland has agreed to come back on Thursday 18 November in a different red coat and his own white beard - for our Christmas photo booth. The people who live here and their families, Future Directions’ support staff and volunteers are welcome to drop in between 11am and 4pm for the photo shoot with our old friend and team member, photographer Bruce Gordon. Roland will be here between 3pm and 4pm. A range of dressing up costumes and props will be available or you can simply wear your own Christmas jumper, sparkly outfit and best smile. Our chosen Christmas card images will be uploaded onto a Christmas card website to buy as printed cards in a range of sizes and finishes and to send as ecards.
Our 6th birthday celebrations were recorded on Zoom using three different Facebook portal devices and an iPad to give us a range of camera perspectives across the event with support from Stuart Vallantine, Future Directions hosting and spotlighting between devices in the kitchen and the hall. Collaboration and partnership working was a key theme in the presentations by our Chair, David Wilks and Managing Director, Future Directions CIC, Paula Braynion. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE  of the amazing birthday cake by Flecks to view a recording of the event.

Congratulations again, to Kevin Phoenix and the people from Stanley Grange in the Future Directions Stronger Together Choir who won the UK talent competition ‘Care Sector’s Got Talent’ and performed at the NEC Birmingham last week. A £100 donation to Stanley Grange Community Association is coming our way as part of the prize money to the entrants’ chosen charity. Thanks everyone. #strongertogether
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