Thursday 2 April 2015
Paula had put together a great line up to demonstrate the way they want to work with families and people with learning disabilities. So we heard directly from them about their experiences of institutional care and how they thrive in the community, supported by a great new organisation that is people centered at the heart of its values. What I particularly like is that this is a Community Interest Company and the aim is to have the shares vested in the people they support.
In my speech I talked about the conclusions of my Winterbourne Report but in particular my top 6 tips for success, beginning with inspirational leadership - and Paula is providing that. A great mix of charm and determination backed by a clear vision of where she wants to take the organisation.
The others were about:
- Creating changed cultures- not NHS but third sector (innovative, flexible, adaptable, professional but passionate)
- Taking risks for future growth; not hidebound by orders from above
- Grabbing opportunities in the new style NHS where community gets more resources
- Putting people first, not the organisation
Always good to get out of the office to see what members are up to! Against a gloomy background of attacks on our core as charities and potential doom in funding it's a fillip to come and see what a difference we can make.
So let me wish you all a Happy Easter. I'm off to Charlbury for Maundy Thursday Mass and then back down to Wigmore in Kent, where I was born. It's the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the new Parish Church which I remember vividly as it was also the occasion of my Confirmation and First Communion. I was 12 at the time and mother had made me a new suit. I looked very smart and lovely. As you would expect.....