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The strength in Community Connect

2 August 2017 - 3:04pm

As a way of keeping up to date with the transformational changes taking place in Adult Social Care, I’ve read the ‘Strengths-based social work practice with adults’ roundtable report

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Ordinary radicals changing the world, one person, one day at a time

19 July 2017 - 1:10pm

The impact of authentic relational connection

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My Sisters Place CEO attends Bejing for UK-China Dialogue on Human Rights

13 July 2017 - 10:40am

Guest blog by Becky Rogerson,
CEO of My Sisters Place

I was somewhat surprised to receive an email from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) a couple of weeks ago inviting me to join the 24th UK Human Rights dialogue in Beijing. The theme for this year is women’s rights, and as China is in the process of implementing a new ‘Anti-Domestic Violence’ Law, the UK Government were seeking a best practice example of service delivery to share - and came to Middlesbrough to find it.

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All systems fail

6 July 2017 - 3:55pm

Arrived to work this morning to find all systems down, colleagues are off work and my meetings cancelled.  I’m sat at my desk desperately trying to think out of the box... How will I achieve what I want to when all the things that usually enable me are not helping?  I’ve busied myself tidying and updating my “To Do” List.  This has only panicked me more, I need to get on.

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We're off out

30 June 2017 - 9:21am

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world" – John le Carré

At MVDA, we’ve been exploring what it is to be a social leader. For me, it starts by understanding who it is you are leading.

Those of us working in the local voluntary sector have the privilege to be seen as part of the communities we work to serve. Although this is sometimes a barrier to overcome, people boxing you off as ‘grass-roots’, often hosting your presence at the table as a tick box exercise rather than valued contributor, it is still vital to the success of our mission.

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