In my last blog I referred to the summer lull; well we’re back into the full swing of things now and serious planning for the future is kicking off with a vengeance! You may be interested to know that we are working on a robust sustainable long-term financial plan for Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT). And when I say long term, I really mean it – we have a spreadsheet going out to 2036!
The reason why we’re long term planning is to make sure we have a solid, sustainable foundation for our developing charitable activity which will include supporting further development of Vision UK, Visionary and our activities in London, the Midlands and maybe other parts of the UK – watch this space!
One of the most enjoyable events I had the privilege of attending in late August was the house warming party for a young couple, Chloe and Kyle, who are both registered blind and have moved into their first house together, which they accessed independently via mainstream services. We are very proud that Chloe, who was our first VI intern, has gone on to gain employment elsewhere, and Kyle has relocated from the north east of England to take up an internship with South East London Vision. They are great role models for the way in which many people aspire to live their lives, which many of our services and networks are designed to support. I look forward to observing their progress over the long term too!
I am delighted that for the next couple of months we will be sharing the Pocklington Hub with sector colleagues from Guide Dogs while their new office is being developed. It will be great to share experiences with them as we continue to deepen our collaborative work in the interests of the people that both of our organisations seek to support. I am also looking forward to meeting the new Chief Executive of Guide Dogs, Tom Wright CBE, in the very near future!
Lastly, my wife and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this week. Thank you Anna for all of your support and for putting up with me for the last 30 years!
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