Reaching Out Charity Newsletter - March 2016

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Mar. 2016 | Issue No. 3

A Kusuma Trust & PJI Foundation Charity Newsletter

CALPE HOUSE NEEDS YOUR HELP! Welcome to our third edition of Reaching Out, Gibraltar’s quarterly charity newsletter. This month we have a special focus on the Calpe House Charitable Trust and their fundraising drive to build a new facility in London’s Norfolk Square. The Calpe House Charitable Trust is a registered charity in Gibraltar and England which has been providing Gibraltar Health Authority patients with a fantastic and indispensable service for 30 years. The Trust’s purpose is to provide a home from home for GHA patients who are referred to London hospitals for specialised medical treatment.

At present, Calpe House has capacity for up to 12 families at any given time but, due to the huge demand, they cannot accommodate everybody and many patients and families have to find alternative lodging at their own expense. In December, the Calpe House Charitable Trust launched an appeal to help them fund a new Calpe House at a much larger facility where they are undertaking a major conversion to 3 buildings.

14 months, with the refurbishment set to cost £5 million. The Calpe House has touched many local families’ hearts at some point in its history and the Trust is asking the public to now help secure its future by digging deep for this worthwhile cause.

The new Calpe House facility will include 38 ensuite bedrooms and a large communal area and will be complete within the next 12-

To get involved, please visit: www.calpehouse.org

PAYROLL GIVING ISOLAS and Fiduciary are the first local firms to introduce a voluntary payroll system of giving for their staff to be able to donate to the refurbishment of the new Calpe House in London. This means that an automatic deduction of donations will be made from subscribing employees’ salaries on a monthly basis, for an initial period of 12 months. Albert Poggio, Vice-Chairman of the Calpe House Trust, applauded the initiative taken by the two firms, thanking them for their generosity and encouraging other local business to follow suit by implementing their own systems to facilitate giving in the workplace.


Milan Art Project

A SPOTLIGHT ON JIMMY FELICES Can you tell us how the Cheshire Home was founded? The Cheshire Home in Tangier “Dar El Hana” (House of Joy) was set up in 1961 by Leonard Cheshire, who was the most decorated bomber pilot in WWII. Converting to Catholicism after the war, he committed himself to helping alleviate the suffering of those who were incurably sick and unable to fend for themselves. Thanks to him it was possible to acquire and equip a building to accommodate children with disabilities and engage staff to care for them.

The start of summer 2015 saw the launch of the Milan Art Project. The vision for the project was to support service users of the Care Agency’s St. Bernadette’s Resource Centre and Dr. Giraldi Home to take a full and active participation in an educational and culturally enriching fine arts exhibition, with the wonderful opportunity to showcase their pieces in two exhibitions: locally at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery in January 2016; and abroad at the Scalvini Museum in Milan in March. Over the course of the summer, art students worked under the direction of Art Tutor, Pepe Mosca, learning a range of different artistic skills, as well as researching art history. Students were also given the special opportunity to collaborate with Christian Hook on a group piece for the exhibition.

So how did you come to set up The Gibraltar Cheshire Home Support Group?

Both exhibitions create a platform for these artists to express themselves through the medium of creative collaboration, encouraging them to find their own artistic identity, with a view to challenging existing barriers and promoting positive social change. With the only prerequisite being the size of the canvas, artists were encouraged to be creative and employ different techniques such as modern printmaking, collage and traditional brush work. This artistic freedom was evidenced in the exhibition which comprised of a vibrant collection of dynamic, spirited artworks, showcasing the unique personalities and artistic styles of each individual artist.

Our Group came to be as a result of the links made with the Cheshire Home via the Lions Clubs of Tangier and Gibraltar. Then, with the assistance of the Gibraltar Education Department and Youth Service, groups of senior pupils from the Comprehensive Schools and the College started visiting the Home on an annual trip.

On the Group’s 30th anniversary, what are your proudest achievements, looking back? The Home has developed to provide full residential facilities for up to 45 people and has a full-time staff of 12 to carry out all the required duties. To date, over a 1000 people- many of them young students- have visited the Home, raising in excess of £150,000 and donating tons of clothing, toys, bedding and more to the residents. For many, these visits have proved to be life-changing experiences.

Below is a compilation of some of the works included in the exhibition, with a special group collaboration piece at the bottom.

What are the Group’s aspirations for the future? The Group will continue raising awareness via media, Facebook, and presentations at schools and clubs. We will be raising funds through our monthly sponsorships, annual Flag Day, shopping fundraisers, Calentita stall, cake stall and raffle. We are committed to providing educational and personal development facilities for the residents to assist them in finding personal fulfilment, future financial independence and the ability and to integrate fully in mainstream society. Our Group is always eager to welcome new members, so if you’d like to get involved, please visit our Facebook page!

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Childline/Tres tle Th e atre Co. Works hop Week- re gis ter at: e d uc ation@c hildline.gi

4 Kus um a/DSC Coac hin g Award Su bmis s ion D e adline


IF 3 IS A MAGIC NUMBER– HERE’S SOME MAGIC FOR ALL YOU CHARITIES OUT THERE CATHY SHIMMIN, SENIOR TRAINING MANAGER, DIRECTORY OF SOCIAL CHANGE 3 things that make an effective charity are: Good Governance, Strong and Accountable Leadership and Visibility. We’ve debunked some of the common myths about how to achieve this, and included some useful advice to help your charity succeed.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper questions to ask.” - Albert Einstein

GOOD GOVERNANCE COMMON MYTH: This is about making good decisions and choices REALITY: This is about ensuring you have the best possible process for making decisions 3 QUESTIONS THEMSELVES: 1.

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3 QUESTIONS THEMSELVES:

Do we have clear decision making processes which are robust and allow scope for the inclusion and challenging of Board Members?

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Visit the UK Charity Commission website and download their CC3 and CC10 guidance documents: www.gov. uk/government/organisations/charitycommission Get the DSC publication “The Charity Trustees Handbook”: www.dsc.org.uk Talk to the Kusuma Trust about what resources and support they offer charities in Gibraltar

STRONG & ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP COMMON MYTH: Only those with charisma make good leaders REALITY: Anyone can be a good leader– if they behave like a good leader.

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Do we have or how can we get the necessary skills to make us effective in this area?

Do we have a clearly defined vision, mission and set of strategic objectives?

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Are these in line with our charitable objects and do we keep them alive?

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Read our publication about Charity Marketing at: www.dsc.org.uk

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Do we communicate these effectively to all stakeholders so that staff and volunteers know our purpose and how best to serve our beneficiaries and, in turn, beneficiaries know what they can expect from our charity?

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Check out: www.charitycomms.org. uk/articles/how-to-write-a-charitymarketing-strategy

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Source and develop key skills in communication, influence, lobbying, social media, PR and more.

3 THINGS YOU CAN DO: 1.

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3 THINGS YOU CAN DO: 1.

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Are we informed about and compliant with our legal responsibilities: Charity Law, Company Law, Employment Law? Do we have a good range of skills and expertise on our Board which supports us to meet our charitable objects and serve our beneficiaries?

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Get some training for your managers & leaders. Contact DSC for information: cshimmin@dsc.org.uk Get the Board and management team together and work through the questions above, asking: “What can we change or do so that we are able to answer YES to all these questions?”

3 THINGS YOU CAN DO:

ONE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO… PUT IN AN APPLICATION FOR THE KUSUMA/DSC COACHING AWARD. APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN AS FROM 1ST MARCH 2016 AND THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 4TH APRIL 2016. Childline, Clubhouse and DSGG have all benefitted from this support and you can too.

Speak to other local charities and find out what leadership issues they have faced and how they have resolved them.

MENTAL HEALTH

VISIBILITY COMMON MYTH: This is such a good cause, everyone should know we are here REALITY: All charities are in an increasingly competitive world, vying for attention 3 QUESTIONS THEMSELVES:

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Do we have any sort of marketing and publicity plan in place?

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What have we done lately to ensure we are seen and heard by our beneficiaries, funders and key policy makers?

14 M e d S teps Ch allen g e in aid of Ca nc er Reli ef

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RECOVERY STAR

Clubhouse received funding from Kusuma Trust Gibraltar to train staff in using the Mental Health Recovery Star. The Recovery Star model is a tool used to manage the recovery from mental illness by following an evidence-based journey of change.

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18 Calenti ta Fes tival


WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING? To feature in our next edition, email: reachingoutgib@gmail.com A big thank you to all our contributing photographers!

Save the Children Xmas Jumper Day

Polar Bear Swim Cancer Relief Pancake Day at FSC

Action Aid Talk on Nepal and Ebola

Stay Clean Drugs Rehab Campaign

Hassans’ Human Table Football

Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

MH Bland & Bland Group Tug of War

World Cancer Day 2016

GBC Open Day Treasure Hunt GBC Open Day

Stroke Awareness Walk

GFA ‘Score a Goal’ Challenge

Gedime Motors Car Raffle Action4Schools Flag Day

World Diabetes Awareness Day

Karl Ullger Art Donation

Don’t forget to tell us about the good work your charity is doing by

reachingoutgib@gmail.com

emailing

us at:


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