Champions Club Community http://championsclubcommunity.com Champions Club Community - Quality Integrity Purpose Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:29:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.11 Healthy tip ‘Boiling over’ – by Jessica White Heart.Research@technology-trust-news.org http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:02:25 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/ ARE YOU prone to blowing a fuse when your anger builds up? The stress and frustrations of work, overloaded schedules, traffic mayhem, queue jumping, irritating relatives and colleagues are just some of many triggers that could lead to our blood boiling. Depending on our personality type or the situation, we may struggle to keep the lid on our anger. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal has pointed to an increased risk of cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia) in the two hours following an angry outburst. While the study’s authors stress that anger may not directly cause a heart attack, it can make things worse for people who already have some of the risk factors for heart disease like smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, especially those prone to frequent angry outbursts. While anger is a normal human response, it can easily become a negative, easy reaction when under pressure. It’s worth identifying any angry behaviour patterns and stressors in your life and learning to manage them, for the sake of those around you and your heart. Don’t stew on it. Recognise when you’re angry and talk to someone about how you feel. Pour your thoughts into something creative like writing, drawing or painting. Learning to listen and avoid getting trapped in recurring, escalating conversations are also valuable skills worth practicing. Count to 10 if you’re feeling particularly ‘worked up’ and focus on your breathing, inhaling slowly through your nose. Picture yourself in a happy place or take yourself back to a memory where you were calm and collected or laughing your head off. Regular practice will see you entering your calm zone sooner when you next feel provoked. Positive channelling. Work out how to control your anger and turn those negative emotions into solving the problem in a constructive way and doing something that’s better for you, like some non-competitive exercise, housework, cleaning the car or yoga. Tackle those other risk factors like a high blood pressure, that “spare tyre”, those cigarettes, a lack of exercise or unhealthy cholesterol levels, to significantly lower your background risk of heart disease and take the strain off your heart. Extra help. Sometimes our behaviour patterns need a bit of expert help to stop that pressure-cooker exploding. Visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk for more advice and practical help. Angry thoughts and emotions can easily brew up when we’re tired and under-pressure, but just like unhealthy habits such as smoking or eating a poor diet, it’s up to us to take control and find ways to stop the sparks flying. Add a ‘chill-pill’ on top of a truly heart-healthy lifestyle to keep your heart in tip top condition. Comments, please to: editor. Click here to visit the CCC Life magazine archive. Please go here and sign our direct.gov.uk Stop Homelessness e-petition. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46727. Then please pass this link to all your friends. If enough people sign then the law will change and homelessness will be a thing of the past. Thank you.]]> http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/feed/ 0 Healthy tip ‘Boiling over’ – by Jessica White Heart.Research@technology-trust-news.org http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:02:25 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/healthy-tip-boiling-over-by-jessica-white-heart-researchtechnology-trust-news-org/ ARE YOU prone to blowing a fuse when your anger builds up? The stress and frustrations of work, overloaded schedules, traffic mayhem, queue jumping, irritating relatives and colleagues are just some of many triggers that could lead to our blood boiling. Depending on our personality type or the situation, we may struggle to keep the lid on our anger. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal has pointed to an increased risk of cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia) in the two hours following an angry outburst. While the study’s authors stress that anger may not directly cause a heart attack, it can make things worse for people who already have some of the risk factors for heart disease like smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, especially those prone to frequent angry outbursts. While anger is a normal human response, it can easily become a negative, easy reaction when under pressure. It’s worth identifying any angry behaviour patterns and stressors in your life and learning to manage them, for the sake of those around you and your heart. Don’t stew on it. Recognise when you’re angry and talk to someone about how you feel. Pour your thoughts into something creative like writing, drawing or painting. Learning to listen and avoid getting trapped in recurring, escalating conversations are also valuable skills worth practicing. Count to 10 if you’re feeling particularly ‘worked up’ and focus on your breathing, inhaling slowly through your nose. Picture yourself in a happy place or take yourself back to a memory where you were calm and collected or laughing your head off. Regular practice will see you entering your calm zone sooner when you next feel provoked. Positive channelling. Work out how to control your anger and turn those negative emotions into solving the problem in a constructive way and doing something that’s better for you, like some non-competitive exercise, housework, cleaning the car or yoga. Tackle those other risk factors like a high blood pressure, that “spare tyre”, those cigarettes, a lack of exercise or unhealthy cholesterol levels, to significantly lower your background risk of heart disease and take the strain off your heart. Extra help. Sometimes our behaviour patterns need a bit of expert help to stop that pressure-cooker exploding. Visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk for more advice and practical help. Angry thoughts and emotions can easily brew up when we’re tired and under-pressure, but just like unhealthy habits such as smoking or eating a poor diet, it’s up to us to take control and find ways to stop the sparks flying. Add a ‘chill-pill’ on top of a truly heart-healthy lifestyle to keep your heart in tip top condition. 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Below you will find out more information about Champions Club Community (CCC) and the ‘Leader in Me’ programme. Should you feel that you can contribute to running the programme as a facilitator then I invite you to follow the guidance and register your interest.

To be clear, at this stage CCC is still bidding for the privilege of delivering the programme.

The programme has already been piloted and approved and we are at the final stages in our effort to secure the bid, which we expect to win.

Our intention is to identify at least 50 facilitators who are in a position to deliver the programme, which we anticipate, will start later this autumn.

Assuming that the CCC bid is successful for this large opportunity, and we fully expect it to be, then those facilitators who have expressed an interest in running the programme will be invited to attend a selection process.

More information about our success in securing this bid will be available towards the latter part of September, when I will provide further information.

The ‘Leader in Me’ Programme.

The ‘Leader in Me’ programme has been designed and piloted by the CCC Leadership Academy. It is an eight module programme for young people who are making the key transition to college, university or work.

The young people who benefit from this programme are predominantly those who may have experienced deprivation or difficulty in the past and are in particular need of support.

The eight week programme split into 8 modules:

Establishing Self-Belief

Developing Personal Effectiveness

Using my Turbo Charged Brain (memory/speed reading/learning techniques)

Building Great Relationships

Performing Under Pressure

Communicating Confidently (including dealing with difficult conversations)

Be Unstoppable

Leadership and Teamwork

More details about the programme will be available in due course.

You will be an experienced facilitator/trainer who is able to engage effectively with young people in an inspiring way. You will be expected to facilitate just one of the modules twice in one day to two different groups, or during an evening where the programme will be delivered over a period of eight weeks.

The target audience is young people aged 15 – 21, initially in youth clubs, but possibly later in schools and youth offender institutions.

Initially the programme will be delivered inLondon, but this is potentially a large contract and we expect to deliver it in other parts of the country in due course.

Why Register?

This programme provides a fantastic opportunity for facilitators who wish to make a difference in the lives of young people that are experiencing hugely challenging market conditions.

Alongside competitive remuneration, the profile of successful applicants will be enhanced both through exposure on the CCC website and through their involvement in this community centred initiative.

Register expression of interest

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity I would ask that you return your profile using the version of the Profile Form that you can download here (Click here to download file)

Please keep to the precise format and use only one page. Please add your photo (photo must be a .jpeg) so that everyone’s details can be collated. Those who express interest at this stage will be included in a photo gallery on the CCC website, which will help to demonstrate to the client our capability to deliver the programme.

Once you have completed the form forward it to me by e-mail at tom.morrell@afpe.co.uk together with your contact details.

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Small Charities- the ‘hidden giants’ of the sector – by Alex Swallow, chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition http://championsclubcommunity.com/small-charities-the-hidden-giants-of-the-sector-by-alex-swallow-chief-executive-of-the-small-charities-coalition/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/small-charities-the-hidden-giants-of-the-sector-by-alex-swallow-chief-executive-of-the-small-charities-coalition/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:29:11 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=22070 WHEN I ask you to think of a charity, what is the first one that pops into your mind?

Unless you have a personal relationship with a local charity it is likely that it will be one of the ‘biggies’- the charities that are nationwide or international, have hundreds or even thousands of staff, that get in the news regularly, run huge campaigns and can afford a lot of advertising.

However, the vast majority of charities are nothing like that. Around 160,000 charities (97% of the sector) have less than 1 million pounds in income and many are towards the bottom end of that scale.

A large number of these are run entirely by volunteers. Such charities were often first set up when their Founder was personally involved with an issue, or because they perceived an injustice in the world, or because their supporters wanted to pursue a niche cause, that larger charities didn’t focus on.

Many public debates and indeed much of the public perception of charities focuses on the ‘household names’. In fact, there are many local small charities doing excellent work that people might come into contact with, but not realise are charities at all.

The Small Charities Coalition, the organisation that I lead, is here to help. (http://www.smallcharities.org.uk)

Small charities do a great job, but can’t always access the things they need. For example, within the small pool of people who help run them, they may lack certain skills. Skills like legal knowledge, financial skills, communications skills and fundraising skills. They can bring in these skills by adding to their Trustee Board, and this is something that we help with. We can help train up the people who are currently involved, for example in a training partnership with IBM. Or they can buy in outside expertise to do the job for them.

This can be really expensive so we work with a lot of experts who are happy to give up some of their time for free. Small charities often lack access to information, which allows them to make the best of their time, to help their organisation thrive and to decide on a strategic direction for their work.

In partnership with a lot of other organisations including the Charity Commission, we try to guide them to be able to make informed decisions for themselves.

Of course, there are a number of advantages to charities being small. Their size can allow them to keep in close contact with the people that they support, to keep their costs low, to be nimble and innovative and to focus narrowly on the key issues they wish to have an impact on.

Some small charities have ambitions to get bigger and they should be supported so they can scale up so that the great benefits that they provide can be accessible to a wider audience.

So I urge you to keep smaller charities in your mind as well as bigger ones. They need donations, volunteers and for their messages to be heard. With your support they will have the opportunity not just to survive but to thrive.

Alex Swallow is also the Founder of Young Charity Trustees http://youngcharitytrustees.org/ and a former regular contributor to Champions Club Community.

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Confused Procrastinator and Prejudice – by Dianna Moylan http://championsclubcommunity.com/confused-procrastinator-and-prejudice-by-dianna-moylan/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/confused-procrastinator-and-prejudice-by-dianna-moylan/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:04:16 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=22062 A LONG time ago, it seems, I was part of a fight to legalise homosexuality.

Finally, in the UK, in 1967, with the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ passed by the Labour Government, the protesters who were many and from a variety of backgrounds, began to see light at the end of the tunnel.

This year David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives, and of a Coalition Government, finally pushed through legislation to legalise the right of gay people to marry.

Though I find it difficult, personally, to understand why, with Civil Partnership already legal, gay and lesbian people might want to marry in churches that outspokenly decry their right to equality, I applaud the decision to risk disapproval among the ‘rank and file’ of the Conservative Party, and am proud to live in a country that affords such equality.

The Indian Parliament has this month repealed the 147-year old Act making homosexual acts illegal. In this country, as in many others, homosexuality was part of the framework of society (until now hidden in the shadows). This ruling is seen as crucial in the battle against HIV/AIDS, improving the access of homosexuals to health information and preventative care.

Religious leaders still view homosexuality as ‘unnatural’, and this will do little to unpick the contradictions in Indian society. But it is a step, the first step, to change Indian society, notoriously conservative as it is.

Across the world countries are changing their attitude to same-sex relationships. In the US most states have now legalised homosexuality, though in Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana and Texas it is still illegal. Thirteen States (all of them in the north of the US), the District of Columbia and five Native American Tribes, have now legalised ‘Gay marriage’. In June this year the US Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ allowing states to refuse to recognise same-sex marriage, and as a result the federal government was able, formally, to recognise it as an acceptable condition.

Throughout Europe progress is being made, with all the Western European countries (including Germany) having legislated for same-sex marriage. In South Africa, it is legal, as in New Zealand. Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are part of the group. The rest of Africa falls far behind South Africa in its treatment of homosexuals.

And then we have Russia. Most recently, though the Soviet law against homosexuality has long since been repealed, they have legislated to prevent their citizens talking about homosexuality as an acceptable way of existing.

Those who disseminate information about homosexuality to young people are fined, imprisoned, persecuted and shunned.

Since it is known that at least one in 25 people is homosexual, that means that many thousands of Russian young people are being treated as less than human, and denied the information they need to live a safe and normal life.

Next year the Winter Olympics will be held in Russia. As in any group of people, some of our athletes are gay. What kind of reception will they, and athletes from other countries, receive?What about those who travel to see the Games? How can we protect them from being persecuted?

In a letter to David Cameron, Stephen Fry, a noted homosexual and social activist, begs him to take action and put pressure on the Olympic Committee to move the Games. He draws a parallel between these upcoming Games and those held in Germany, before WWII, presided over by Hitler. Pressure groups everywhere are trying to get something done.

So, forgive me if this piece is not in my usual style. I like, we like, at CCC Life, to highlight the wonderful things of life. I feel that I must do something, write something that might, however small, have an effect on the outcome of this situation.

I know that we are all equal: in opportunity, in freedom to be ourselves,  in our duty to others. By writing this somewhat less upbeat piece I hope to reach more people who will join me in campaigning against what will be, if it goes ahead, a dreadful injustice against many people.

Perhaps it might even force Russia to reconsider their draconian and antediluvian laws.

I’ll try to be more cheerful in my next piece. Honest!

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Making the World Go Around: The Unsung Heroes – by Dianna Moylan http://championsclubcommunity.com/22047/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/22047/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:09:04 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=22047

Dianna Moylan

OVER THE first few issues of CCC Life we have drawn attention to some really rich people who have put their money to good use.

There will be another such person in this issue. But there is another type of person, another breed of philanthropist, and this breed often goes unnoticed.

Mr Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, talked of ‘The Big Society’ where ordinary people helped other ordinary people and it seemed he thought it was his idea, as though he had created it. The society I live in, we all live in, in the UK and across the planet, has always contained those whose life would not be complete without service to others. The community I live in would not, could not, function without a band of unsung people who help each other.

Here people are often motivated by their religion: our local church funds a play group for under threes and their parents, where they can meet each other and chat, while their little kids make contact with each other.

Scouts and Guides, alongside their main vows, to God and the Monarch, also promise to help other people. In many villages, the local vicar is the one who visits the lonely old people, regardless of their membership of the church.

Muslim communities are very strong. Their old are cherished and feel secure, family ties are very strong and they do not feel abandoned or unsupported. The tradition that young people go and visit ‘Auntie’, and do little jobs for her means that older people in their community are not marginalised. Jewish communities function likewise, as do many other religious or cultural groups.

There is, however, another group of people in society who do what they do for no reason at all, religious or secular, except that it is right to do so.

Most youth football organisations, offering healthy sporting activities, (nowadays for boys and girls) are run by volunteers, who give up their time generously to stand around in the cold, offering support and advice to their young charges. Most amateur dramatic groups are run by people who give their time; if you can find anyone making money from running club-type groups, please let me know, so I can join in.

Neighbours still care for each other. Society is not broken; there are cracks in it and some people fall through them and become marginalised, but this is not new. There have always been people who cannot manage on their own, and there have always been people prepared to give their time and effort to others, regardless of personal cost.

Research shows that the major charities throughout the world could not operate without the generosity of those who, now retired, have more time (though less money) to offer their services.

Look closely at the person who called round your door last week to collect the envelope for whatever charity. Chances are they won’t be in their mid-thirties. They will probably be in the generation who should be at home getting a good rest after a long working life.

No matter what Government tells us, this will still go on. People will still offer to run a stall to raise money for a charity that itself raises money that should perhaps be the responsibility of us all, through our taxes. I mean, what are we doing needing Cancer Research charities, or those involved in supporting children in need?

The reality is that we do need extra help in all areas of society, and much of this will be given by volunteers.

So I’m writing this to remind us all that we deserve a pat on the back for all we put into the society we inhabit. It’s human nature to be selfish, to want to succeed, to be rich, to be successful and famous. Fortunately it is also human nature to support the weak and prevent suffering where we can. There’s no choice for us, but to be selfish, in my opinion, since we are all we have. It’s a wonderful fact of life though, that most of us feel the need to share what we have, be it much or little.

Young people learn from the lead of their elders. The older members of our society are showing them a good example. Many of the young also give their time to help those who need help; their children will learn from them. And so it continues. Raise a glass for the human race; long may it continue to be more ‘good’ than ‘bad’. Let’s have three cheers for our unsung heroes.

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Stephen Fry: Do-gooder and Entertainer Supreme – by Dianna Moylan http://championsclubcommunity.com/stephen-fry-do-gooder-and-entertainer-supreme-by-dianna-moylan/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/stephen-fry-do-gooder-and-entertainer-supreme-by-dianna-moylan/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:10:56 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=22021

Dianna Moylan

THOSE OF us who were addicted to the first  ‘University Challenge’ way back in 1962 remember being delighted by Stephen Fry’s performance, representing his college, Queens, Cambridge in 1980.

Even then he stood out from the others as particularly brilliant, showing a grasp of general knowledge far beyond his years.

It would be difficult for anyone who is alive and kicking not to know who Stephen Fry is. Currently he is the presenter on QI (Quite Interesting) for BBC 2, another show where he is able to demonstrate his encyclopaedic general knowledge, while keeping the audience laughing at his antics.

People of all ages watch QI. It is not unusual to find a bunch of teenagers discussing the latest piece of demystification he has introduced.

His entirely irreverent approach to life, knowledge and showing off about it makes compelling television watching.  

He is writer, comedian, actor:  a thoroughly English gentleman. His early career was less than stunning, beginning as it did with his writing for Cambridge Footlights. He was a performer in the Footlights Club along with Tony Slattery, Martin Bergman and Hugh Laurie, with whom he later featured in the Bertie Wooster series for television. He played the wise and serious Jeeves to Hugh Laurie’s totally idiotic Bertie Wooster. This series alone made them household names.

Stephen Fry

Yet Fry is the grandson of Jewish refugees, and lost several members of his family in the Holocaust.

In the programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ in his compelling visit to the town in Austria where his family originated, he demonstrated the more serious side of himself, and, in a few short moments, brought home a deeper understanding of what the Holocaust must have been like.

For younger watchers of this programme this may have been the first time they became aware of this aspect of WWII and it was sensitively handled.

More recently Fry allowed himself to be featured in a programme for BBC2, as a sufferer of bipolar disorder.

Over the years this has cause him to leave the cast of the play, ’Cell Mates’ after only a few performances, going missing for several weeks during a bout of the illness. He admits to having suicidal feelings, and has helped those who also suffer from the disorder, famous and otherwise, to get better understanding from the general public.

In itself, this act, that of making public an illness that is seen as shaming to the sufferer, and of which many people are ignorant, he may have done more good than in any of his fund-raising efforts to date.

Until now mental illness has carried with it a kind of curse, separating the sufferer from society. Someone as well-loved as Fry coming forward and ‘coming out’ to admit his illness could do a great deal to further the case of those organisations who want the stigma of mental illness, and the false separation of it from physical illness, to be recognised and eliminated.

He is openly gay, and was a great success in the film Wilde (1997), in which he played the great gay writer Oscar Wilde. He has done much work to support the Terence Higgins Foundation, which exists to support those whose lives have been shattered by HIV/AIDS.

He is also a Special Ambassador to Equilibrium, the Bipolar Foundation and in 2010 his offer on Twitter to kiss the highest online bidder to raise money for the charity ‘Elephant Family’, that seeks to support the endangered Asian elephant caused a website to crash with one Tweet to his then 198,830 followers. He supports the ‘Bear Rescue Foundation’, and himself collects Teddy Bears.

He has played a large part in promoting the spoken word for all by presenting the ‘Listening Books Award’ for the spoken word at the Hay Book Festival, promoted by the Guardian Newspaper. They provide a wonderful selection of high-quality audiobooks for people who find it difficult to read, due to illness or disability.

His narration of the Harry Potter books has brought him to the attention of the very young and his promotion using Twitter to promote the campaign ‘Adopt a Word’, which supports the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children helped bring the campaign to the awareness of many.

His adoption of the word: ’Wordy’ helped reactivate the organisation that has raised several thousand pounds in its recent campaigning.

His use of Twitter has brought it to the attention of many who would not have otherwise known anything about it. He has many thousands of ‘followers’ who hang on his every word.

He is very excited by the digital revolution and claims to have owned the second Apple Macintosh sold in the UK (Douglas Adams reputedly owned the first) and to have never encountered a smartphone that he has not bought.

He also claims to know why his friend, Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) chose the number ‘42’ as the answer to the question asked of the computer in this story, (‘What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?’) but is not telling.

His opposition to the running of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, which has adopted vicious anti-gay policies of late, and who will host the Games, is the most recent in his activities.

A letter he sent to the Prime minister (‘An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC’) in which he draws a parallel between the upcoming Games and those held in Berlin in 1936, reveals his deep unease at the situation, and has brought the problem to the attention of many thousands who might not have been aware of the potential persecution that gay athletes and supporters might suffer.

Fry is whimsical, very intelligent, well read, funny, empathetic: a true New Renaissance Man, who was ranked 44th in the Daily Telegraph’s list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture.

He is deeply loved and respected by people of all ages and from all walks of life. All this for a lanky, awkward, bipolar, somewhat ‘posh’, gay man who has far too much to say for himself, and could be described as a real show-off!

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Justin Welby: a New Broom and the Head of the Anglican Communion in the UK – By Dianna Moylan http://championsclubcommunity.com/22016/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/22016/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:01:00 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=22016

Dianna Moylan

AS OF March 21, 2013, the Most Reverend Justin Welby has been the new Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Anglican Communion in the UK.

His background is not typical of an Anglican priest, since his first degree was gained at Trinity College, Cambridge in history and law. For eleven years he worked in the oil industry, focusing mainly on West African and North Sea projects, though during this period he became a lay leader at Holy Trinity Church , Brompton, London.

His father’s family were German-Jewish immigrants to this country, escaping late 19th Century anti-Semitism, though they integrated into English society quickly. His mother’s family included several clergymen, so his association with the church was early and influential.

He and his wife, Caroline, mark the loss of their seven month old daughter in 1983, in a car crash, as being a major influence on their lives. In 1989 he sensed a call from God and began to train for ordination.

In his theology degree he focused on ethics, particularly business ethics, and has since published articles on ethics, international finance and reconciliation. His booklet ‘Can Companied Sin?’ drew on his experiences on the oil industry was widely disseminated. He has frequently referred to the Roman Catholic approach to Christian social teaching as having influenced his social thinking.

For 20 years, he worked closely with his parish communities, combining it with Church work around the world, particularly in areas of conflict.

In 1992 he was ordained Deacon and worked tirelessly in the Coventry Diocese. From 1995 to 2002 he worked primarily in Southam and Ufton where he helped revive congregations, and served on a NHS hospital trust in South Warwickshire.

In 2002 he became Canon of Coventry Cathedral and from there worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East, bringing his reconciliation skills to areas of conflict. He met with religious and political leaders in Israel and Palestine and on one trip to Baghdad, shortly after the Allied invasion, reopened the Anglican Church with Canon Andrew White. In 2006 he took over responsibility for Holy Trinity, Coventry, the main city centre church, as Priest-in-charge.

In December 2007 he became Dean of Liverpool, bringing the Cathedral into much greater contact with its local community, working with asylum seekers and in partnership with neighbouring churches.

In 2011 he became Bishop of Durham, an essential step towards his current position.

An expert on the politics and history of Kenya and Nigeria, he has lectured on reconciliation at the US State Department. In the summer of 2012, he was asked to join the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

As what has been seen as his first significant act as Archbishop of Canterbury he has recently spoken out against the current response to financial hardship: the Payday loan. He spoke out against Wonga.com, whose interest rates have become legendary.

The Government has reacted to this announcement by throwing its weight behind his initiative to build up credit unions, so that fewer people feel it necessary to turn to companies such as Wonga.com. Working with The Archbishop the Government intends to widen access to the 500 financial cooperatives who make small loans to their members, thus obviating the need for the big Payday loan companies.

In response to the Archbishop’s initiative Vince Cable’s department has announce plans to cut red tape for the financial co-ops and to spend £35m over ten years to help them expand.

The Archbishop wants to make Payday firms redundant through competition rather than legislation. He wants all institutions to play their part in their communities and, though the Church does not lend money directly to individuals, is encouraging the church to make its premises available to credit unions, and to share its expertise in these matters.

In coming out and making it clear that the Church of England recognises its responsibility to ordinary people, Welby has begun well in his new role. Let’s hope his efforts are effective, and mark a fresh approach to everyday problems.

Though this has featured most prominently in the news recently, the Archbishop has also made it clear that the ordination of women as bishops, gay marriage and equality issues of this type will all be attended to as he ploughs his furrow for the Church of England.

Perhaps what the job needs is a man whose experience and background cover more territory than the average priest. Justin Welby may well turn out to be the person needed to help bring equality and justice to all.

That’s a big ask, but we have to start somewhere.

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‘Leader In Me’ Programme: CCC Front Line – By Anne Cooper http://championsclubcommunity.com/leader-in-me-programme-ccc-front-line-by-anne-cooper/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/leader-in-me-programme-ccc-front-line-by-anne-cooper/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:19:12 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=21877

Anne Cooper

EARLIER THIS year ambassadors volunteering with the CCC Learning & Development Academy took on the challenge to visit Downside Fisher Youth Club in Bermondsey,  to recruit youngsters and run a personal development plan called ‘The Leader in Me’ Programme.

The programme was aimed at 16 – 22 yr olds and took place one evening each week, over a two month period. In the normal run of things, such a programme would have cost a company tens of thousands of pounds to deliver to their staff, but on this occasion CCC was able to provide it on a pro bono basis.

The programme, which ran for 8 weeks, concluded with a graduation ceremony at Downside Fisher, which took place on 25th July.

“The success of this programme went way beyond all expectations.

“We watched many of the young people grow in confidence and aspiration, which was deeply rewarding. We are now in discussion to run another programme next year and are looking at securing funding.”

Simon Phillips worked with Academy Heads Cliff Ferguson and Guy Insull and Academy Lead, John Meredith, in designing the course.  Forbes Lowe provided the design/branding (Forbes Design www.forbesdesign.co.uk).

Simon also contributed time and effort to help get the programme off the ground. John was the main man, opening and closing every session and delivering two popular sessions himself.

“Massive thanks go as well to Darren, Vanda, Gabi, ‘rock da house’ Garth and James for their turbo charged sessions.”

 

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CCC Front Line – By Anne Cooper http://championsclubcommunity.com/ccc-front-line-by-anne-cooper/ http://championsclubcommunity.com/ccc-front-line-by-anne-cooper/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:32:28 +0000 http://championsclubcommunity.com/?p=21875

Anne Cooper

THE ROLE of the Patron board members is to help to secure resource – money and people, to further the overall mission. 

Introducing our CCC Patron board. 

Marjorie Ellis Thompson – Marjorie is on the board of trustees at Project Pressure, (a scientific and artistic collaboration monitoring decline of world’s glaciers), and Why Me? The restorative justice charity with Sir Charles Pollard, ex Chief Constable of Thames Valley police. She is also chair of the Conservative Cooperative Movement. 

John Fenner OBE -  John is currently a special adviser for volunteering to the Mayor’s Fund forLondon, and a Built Environment Expert with CABE at the Design Council. John qualified as a Solicitor in 1959. He was a Founder Partner of Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) in 1970 and lately spent four years as a Senior Consultant with Pinsent Masons.

Andrew Leadbetter  – Andrew is currently the Cabinet Member for Business Services inDevon, which includes the briefs for; Workforce, Performance, Procurement, Communications and Public affairs. He is also Deputy Chairman of the National Association of Regional Employers and Vice President of CEEP (UK). 

Claire Harvey – Claire is Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Financial Services Authority. Prior to working at the FSA, Claire worked for the Ministry of Justice in the prison service as a Prison Governor, focussing on rehabilitation of serious offenders and command of serious incidents.

Claire suffered a spinal chord injury in February 2008, leaving her partially paralysed and a wheelchair user. She had previously played rugby union forScotlandas scrum half and is now Captain of the GB Paralympics Sitting Volleyball team having competed in the 2012 Olympics. 

Key outcomes of Patron board meeting on 25 July.

Recruit a further 20 new Patrons by the end of 2014.

Look at the overall various CCC meeting structures and cycles, so that we might all start working together and reinforcing one another.

 

Internship Opportunity

A web development intern opportunity is available, within CCC, for 2 graduate interns commencing 1st October. 40 hours pw. Lunch allowance plus travel expenses paid. Interns will be working on delivering a global platform. Substantial share package available.

In first instance send CV detailing experience and hunger for the role, to contactus@championsclubcommunity.com. 

 

Next month

Spotlight on further progress with The Global Noticeboard.

This newsletter is also an internal communications update for all CCC ambassadors, so please tell us what is happening, we’d love to know.

To send in an update for Front Line email contactus@championsclubcommunity.com.

 

 

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