Monthly Archives: March 2014


As part of my ongoing journey, I attended part 2 of a beneficial course yesterday, Tuesday 25th March 2014, our trainer, the fabulous Jenni Parker . It  was even better this week, in addition we had a new volunteer, newest member to the team who myself and my Manager Sam recruited on Saturday 22nd March at the Big Dig Day supporting the charity Sustainable Merton. Saturday was a really good day, spoke to some interesting people, some inspiring n the kids were flocking around me which was soooo nice! Using what we picked on the day, a resident (our new volunteer Jerslin)  and her brother made a very lush veggie soup (on the jerk pan) and a veggie curry with fried dumpling (mouthwatering)!

Anyway back to training day, Safeguarding and communication were the key yesterday. You learn something new everyday:

  • The term volunteer was first recorded in 1755 from the noun ‘One who offers himself for military service’
  • N.C.V.O – National Council of Voluntary Organisations based in Kings Cross
  • The meaning of S.OL.E.R in terms of body language  when interviewing a volunteer in order to make them comfortable – Squarely, Open, Lean, Eye Contact and Relax. People rarely remember what you say however will remember how you made them feel
  • Trust Building Behaviors – Talk straight, Demonstrate respect, Right wrongs, Admit mistakes, Show loyalty, Clear expectations, Listen, Keep commitment – ”Under promise and over deliver”

A volunteer advisor must be able to motivate the individual or group however always must be mindful of the other person at all times, think about your body language, tone and questions asked…always think before you speak, listen to what they are saying then use reflective listening to respond.

As a whole, the team were asked about the word safeguarding and what we thought it meant. Our combined responses included Protection, Respecting others and Be mindful which were all elements of safeguarding. Jenni confirmed the correct meaning which we understood;

”Protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure”

Types of abuse – Physical, Sexual, Psychological/mental, Financial, Neglect, Discrimination, and Institutional. We went through each one and discussed however did not spend too much time on this section of course as you can imagine. We were split into groups and worked on case studies, team building and communication role play which Jenni made fun! We learnt a lot and will be putting into play immediately, as a team it was a successful training course and we have got to know each other that little bit more, great characters, great personalities that make a great team who will make a difference! Go team!

I’m not nosey I just like to gather information.


Moving Forward


Hi All

For  Independent, Professional, Real Advice & Support around the following areas:

Personal and Family support

Benefits Click here for the guide-  Social Welfare Training at a glance guide to Benefit Changes in the Spring Budget 2014.

Employment and Training opportunities within communities

Housing (Private & Government) sector

Personal Self-Development (Mentoring, Life -Coaching)

With so much more to explore!!!

Please feel free to contact me

View original post


What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.

A mentor should help the mentee to believe in him/herself and boost him/her confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring


As part of my journey I attended a beneficial training course today, Tuesday 18th March 2014 which was provided by Viridian who are a well established Housing Association. It was great finally meeting the volunteer team putting names to faces and I can now see how all our personalities, skills, ideas, backgrounds and creativity will lead to great things!

Usually being on a training course by mid afternoon you hit a flat point craving a caffeine or chocolate fix however our trainer today provided us with an informative, upbeat and fun day which is how it should be so looking forward to our next day of greatness. I will have more to comment after part 2 next week!

Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2

Steve Blank

With a ~$2 billion endowment the Kauffman Foundation is the largest non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the world. Giving away $80 million to every year (~$25 million to entrepreneurial causes) makes Kauffman the dominant player in the entrepreneurship space.

Kauffman launched Founders School – a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies.

In January 2014 Part 1 of the “Startups” section of Founders School went online.

Now you can watch Part 2 “The Lean Approach“.

Founders School

This group of six videos provides an overview of how to successfully do Customer Discovery. You’ll learn how to:

  • get to know your customers
  • devise ways to test your hypotheses
  • glean insights from what you learn outside the building
  • get, keep and grow customers

As in the first part of this series, I’m in good company – I’m joined…

View original post 308 more words

What kind of a mentor do I want to be?

Tenure, She Wrote

Remember those teenaged fights with your parents that inevitably ended with some iteration of “I will never forget what it’s like to be a teenager when I’m an adult!”? In spite of our best intentions, I think we are doomed to forget, to some extent. Now, as I prepare to start my first faculty position, I find myself trying to remember all of those things I promised myself during the struggles of graduate school, when I fantasized about what kind of mentor I wanted to be one day.

I count myself lucky to have had a fantastic mentor. He remembered to praise (a rare trait), gave good feedback, and was supportive. I was able to talk to him about my  family troubles, or a problem with my health (perhaps that is as much a testament to my being an over-sharer as it is to his emotional intelligence). We had open…

View original post 955 more words