Into January with passion!

And we’re off! Smashing into January. Braving the morning traffic. Back to work and school and college and generally heading into 2019. January is often a hard month to maintain positivity, we worry that the cold will never really lift and that although the days are getting lighter that promise of summer could still be broken but never fear, the Chrysalis AGM is here! What better way to brighten up your new year than to find out how your favourite charity has been doing over the last year and to help us map out the next one.

Our volunteers, beneficiaries and former beneficiaries have all been sent our survey. Thanks to everyone who is taking the time to fill that it. The anonymous results will provide essential information to the new management board (don’t forget we’re electing new trustees at the AGM if you want to stand www.chrysalis-gii/governance) and will provide some much needed annual comparative data so we can all celebrate how far we have come as well as look at the journey ahead. Chrysalis is still very much in it’s own period of transition and this rollercoaster isn’t showing many signs of slowing down yet.

A few thankyous and recognitions before I move on. I want to take a moment to thank all our trustees individually. Without Jon and Steph we would not have had a budget and financial management structure; thanks to Sammy we have a data capture and storage policy (she is still working hard on a 120 page GDPR document and deserves a round of applause all to herself); Grecia who continues to deliver first class counselling as well as providing her warmth of character and strong sense of values to the board; Anne who has dedicated so much time to Chrysalis since Dianne first made a call for volunteers in 2012 to help her open up the office, one of our longest and most loyal trustees Anne is not afraid to back down when she knows what is right and needed; Deanna webmistress extrordinaire and last but definitely not least Lennie who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Social Media and provides much needed support, guidance and signal boosting.

Last week was rather lovely and peaceful, not least the drive to Warsash without all the queuing on the A27. A slight delay to the monthly report was necessitated because of our change to a new, robust, financial management policy which means that we need slightly different reports. Thanks to Kevan for his hard work there. And while I’m on the subject if you have been volunteering for Chrysalis outside of the core services and the office please, please get your hours into Kevan this week so we can really show your worth at the AGM on the 26th Jan.

Wednesday and Friday were admin days, oh I got so much done! Thursday we had the first meeting of the year of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, again showing the dedication of your trustees as we were in the office until after 9pm. Putting the final touches on AGM plans and looking at our budgets.
This week is shaping up to be a bit busier. Back into the swing of things. Firstly I will be spending time building a work plan for our wonderful new Business Management Intern Awa who joins us on the 21st from Solent University. Then there will be work on the conference, today is the last day to get in short proposals for speakers at the conference!

Monday I get to go not only out of the office but out of the county as I travel to London with another dedicated volunteer and mentor Jo Lockwood to the Lloyds of London event “You Only Live Twice”.

Tuesday is lots of lovely one-to-ones, this time with Anne and Ted in the office.

Wednesday it’s back to it with the monthly report and then Thursday is training. There’s still a couple of spaces on the courses, if you’re interested contact Dawn in the office

Friday is more one-to-ones and some counsellor supervision. Life really is pretty good.
Now I’m off to catch a train. See you soon.