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Brighter Futures is very pleased to announce that Ken Jarrold CBE will be the organisation’s new chair.
He takes over from Mike Wolfe who retired from the post at the end of May.
Ken has a long history of working in the NHS and until recently was the Chair of the North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust. He’s also been a non-executive director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and a member of the Board of the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
Ken lives in Biddulph Moor and during his 36 years as an NHS manager he was Director of Human Resources and Deputy to the Chief Executive of the NHS in England for three years. Ken has held many national roles and he is an Honorary Doctor of the Open University.
On taking up the role of Chair of Brighter Futures, Ken said
“It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to serve Brighter Futures. I’m looking forward to being a part of all the organisation does and be able to serve people in Stoke on Trent”
Chief Executive of Brighter Futures Helena Evans said
“I’m very pleased that Ken is joining Brighter Futures as chair. He brings a wealth of experience and passion with him to the position. I’m really looking forward to working with him and I’m excited about what the future holds for the organisation.”
Brighter Futures is celebrating Volunteers Week by showcasing our volunteers and their contribution to our work within Staffordshire.
On Monday 6th June, Brighter Futures is holding a special lunch. We’ll be bringing our volunteers together and presenting them with Value Awards, for which they are nominated by their colleagues.
During the past year, 92 people have volunteered with Brighter Futures, contributing 8,333 hours to our services. Our volunteers are hugely important to us and work across the organisation in areas as diverse as catering, property services, mentoring, office work and facilitating activities.
Mel McClure, Volunteer Co-ordinator for Brighter Futures said:
‘I get real job satisfaction from playing a small part in providing opportunities for people to take steps, whatever their reason, to improve or change their lives, as well as the services Brighter Futures provide.’
Volunteering offers the opportunity to learn new skills or to improve existing ones, it is an opportunity to give something back to society, and provides an opportunity to build self confidence and self-esteem.
Brighter Futures volunteer Chris said: ‘I wanted to give something back to the community, as I am really grateful for the support I have received. I gain a great sense of achievement from volunteering, and my ultimate aim is to gain employment within this role.’
Throughout the week, Brighter Futures’ volunteers will be sharing their volunteer experiences with customers and colleagues, highlighting the importance of volunteering and the positive impact it has on themselves and the organisation.
Members of Brighter Futures will be showcasing their ‘Hidden Talents’ at an exhibition at The New Vic Theatre in Basford.
Artwork created by our customers will be on display from Monday 6th until Saturday 25th June.
Art groups play an important part in the lives of customers who take part. 97% of people say it improves their lives, 92% say it helps them to cope better with mental distress.
Brighter Futures Chief Executive, Helena Evans says:
“Hidden Talents is an opportunity for the members who attend the Art Groups to celebrate their skills. It enables them to demonstrate that despite the challenges they face in their daily lives they do have talent. We aim to break down stereotypes and challenge the stigma that surround issues as addiction, mental ill health and homelessness”
Members of the public are more than welcome to view the artwork between 10am - 6pm Monday - Satuday throughout the exhibition dates.
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