Secondly, it has occurred to me recently that many of the Management Committee, staff and volunteers might not be known to the community. So over the next few issues I will introduce you to staff and colleagues, and give an update of our activities.
Colleagues will have the opportunity to write a piece about themselves and their involvement. I hope you will find this interesting and informative. This will be a surprise to them!
So here we go – we are now reduced to four permanent staff members, having recently lost Louise, who has decided it is time to try something new. Louise has been successful in securing funding for the work that has been done at the welfare and sourcing more for work still to happen. We will miss her greatly and wish her and her family well.
You will be familiar with Anna, our tenacious editor of The Ambler and techie guru. She is currently working with a group of youngsters developing a geotrail game (I told you she was a techie!). For those of us who prefer simple terminology, it’s a treasure hunt played either online or mobile phone and designed to take players to unusual and interesting places within the town by way of clues and interviews with local people.
Julie is the person to see if you want help or advice with finding employment or training. She can work wonders with C.V’s and job matching. She has organised training courses on basic IT, now that so many application forms have to be completed online. Future courses include Confidence Building, Food Hygiene and CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, required for any work relating to the building trade. Julie is just the person to help you overcome those nerves and point out your real strengths.
Russell is our local food hero. He works tirelessly to promote and distribute food from our unit at Eshott. This includes our own range of products and that of local producers.
Fourways Foods is a social enterprise (this means any profit goes into community projects) making jams, chutneys, relishes and mustards and hopefully, very soon, soup.
Tony is the Town Ranger, working for us through a programme called Future Jobs Fund. These posts last six months but are designed to offer work experience to help secure a more permanent role in the future. If you see him around the town in his blue uniform, stop and have a chat. Let him see why Amble is called the friendliest port.
I was going to explain my role but think I’ve just about run out of space, so more in the next edition, but if you cannot wait, just call in. We’re here to help
Director, Amble Development Trust