Feedback on Surrey Heath Youth Forum

Today I snuck in undetected as it were to a meeting dedicated to addressing the challenges youth projects face…here is my usual cheeky input, sent by email as my face didn’t really fit I fear!

As I am driven to recall why I beat such a hasty retreat from the NGO/State funding sector and struck out on my own, as a sole proponent of true mutual development through resource sharing.

I am still an unwelcome presence at these events, and so back to my little hole in the council estate I go, suitably chastised for daring to chime in!

From: Amanda Eyre
Date: 29 April 2014
Subject: Re: Surrey Heath Youth Forum

Hi,

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to meet you all today. Sorry if you found my relative inexperience in addressing the crowd offensive.

I was sad I didn’t get to finish the point, or that no one else did so for me.

The controversial ‘hands up’* question is one I always pose, sorry for the political disquiet but that’s about the extent of my trouble making so no cause for alarm!

1.The wage bill for today’s meeting would meet core cost needs for any number of grass roots projects. The healthy number of volunteers present also illustrate the counter point: the value contributed at the relative low cost of providing travel expenses and work experience. Volunteers can’t be retained forever nor should they be!
2. The chances of true co-operation and resource sharing are thus constrained by competition for very limited and often closely guarded goodwill-funds-space etc.

3. Grant eligibility is commonly restricted to established projects with Charitable status. Achieving such status in itself is a job of work and beyond the scope of the community projects working directly with the disaffected youth we are keen to engage with.

I look forward to watching the Youth Forum progress, some very promising connections were made today.

Thanks again and best wishes,

Amanda Eyre

* hands up – referred to my provocative opening question, “Who is paid to be here, and who volunteered?” (Note to Furious Nurse, my internal MP3 player just kicked in with the Prodigy, Firestarter!)

A word of confidence to anyone setting up a brand new project and walking into the Lions Den, as you may have cause to: – If you’re annoying the professionals, you are probably doing something they should have done and you just showed them up! 😉

A Year on from the tragedy of Rana Plaza

(Quote directly the Clean Clothes Campaign)

Dear friends,
A year ago today the garment industry was changed forever. No longer could brands, consumers, workers or governments turn a blind eye to the dangers faced by garment workers every day.

The deadly collapse of Rana Plaza, a building in the Savar district of Dhaka, Bangladesh, showed the world the true cost of fashion.

1,138 people were killed and over 2,000 injured, nearly all were garment workers forced to go back into the factory despite fears the building was unsafe.

Today, we remember all those who lost their lives.

We remember their families, husbands, wives, children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, all left mourning a loved one and still waiting for justice.

We remember the over 2,000 who were injured and will have the horror of that day with them, always.

Women like Shila, who went to work that day, as every other, to support her daughter, and who ended the day being pulled out from the rubble of the nine storey building.

A year on, the families of victims and the survivors are still waiting for full compensation, so they do not have to live with the additional burden of financial hardship.

Watch Chief Commissioner Dr. Mojtaba Kazazi explain the claims process for the Rana Plaza Arrangement.

As we remember all those affected by Rana Plaza we call on all brands that source from Rana Plaza to pay up.

Memorial events are happening around the world, you can find your closest event here.

The aftermath of this terrible disaster has seen many efforts to ensure it is never repeated. But as we look to improving the future we must not forget those who have paid the ultimate price for fashion.In solidarity

Clean Clothes Campaign

Backscratchers Bus update

First phase of facelift complete! Thanks very much to Alex for his help and the use of his driveway.

Step two: paint panels, soon!

May 7th 2014….we have been busy. Thanks to my lovely friend for his joinery skills, the recycled timber he has been stashing for a while. I got busy turning a heavy lined curtain, also donated, into a bench cushion cover. Foam supplied by Ma Eyre, with intent of use as dog bedding! I saved a bit for the dog, he will have a matching cushion soon.

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Compassion resigns from government saying it has become a ‘distraction’

Satire is humour derived from irony so I guess if you can bend your imagination enough to find Condem policy laughable, you could call the last 4 years a satire.

Or a comedy of errors. Sadly it’s an ongoing world wide travesty of justice. As just one barely standing victim I say – we are still breathing so we must fight back for all the silent victims who no longer have the freedom of speech.

I don’t mean ‘taking up arms’ I mean getting ‘Up in arms’ – unite, resolve your petty private differences and look UP to stare your real enemy in the eye. #onewomanarmy

Pride's Purge

(satire?)

Compassion has resigned from the cabinet claiming it had become a distraction after seven days of hostile headlines over accusations that it had been over-claiming its own worth in government.

The departure of any ability to give a toss is a huge setback for David Cameron, who had attempted to save his career by pretending to give a hoot but has now been forced to accept the long-awaited resignation of compassion from the government.

In its letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, compassion wrote:

“It has become clear to me that my presence in the cabinet has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing to turn our poll ratings around and win us the next election.“

Experts say the resignation of compassion is particularly damaging as it comes after a string of other recent high-level resignations from the coalition – including empathy, humanity and competence.

Downing Street said the prime minister was…

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Humane Resourced – I’m retiring

101 Half Connected Things

So today I’m sitting down to draw together the final submissions for the next Humane Resourced book. If you still haven’t got your chapter to me then please make sure you get it to me as soon as you can. The last one is still available here 

I’ve been useless resisting temptation with this book and as a result I keep extending the deadline. I extend it as really interesting people keep saying ‘if I got a chapter to you by….‘ and I keep giving in. From this point onwards I’m driving towards getting everything finished by the end of this month. 

I’ve had chapters piling up in my inbox and in a genuine ‘amateur hour’ effort I’m now having to trawl through 3 months worth of email to attempt to what people have contributed. It serves me right for being a fool.

Anyway – that isn’t the point…

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