Monday 15 May
The Council Chamber was packed on Monday evening for the change over of Chairman of NFDC.
After investing Cllr Christine Ward as the new Chairman of New Forest District Council,
Cllr Goff Beck's final duty as retiring Chairman was to present
cheques to his two chosen charities, New Forest Disability and First Opportunities.
During his year in office Cllr Beck attended 150 functions and events and
still managed to raise the amazing sum of over £28,000 to share between his charities.
Receiving the cheque for over £14,000 from Cllr Goff Beck
Beryl Odbert, Chairman of NFDIS Fundraising Group
and Jacki Keable Chief Executive said it had been an
honour and a priveledge to work with Cllr Beck during the year and offered
heart felt thanks for all the time and energy he had put in to raise such a magnificent sum
which would ensure New Forest Disability's Outreach Advisor
could continue in post for another year.
Friday 5 May
18 teams - 130 portions of fish/chicken & chips - a lot of fun
thanks to Quiz Master Bob!
the teams settle in picture round
meal tickets to the ready fish or chicken & chips?
time for the raffle beautiful 'green' basket
'yellow' basket winner 'blue' basket winner
'gardening' basket and the 'boozy basket'!
Huge thanks to all our supporters and generous donors of raffle prizes:
Tesco New Milton - whisky & wine; The White Hart Milford - lunch for 2;
Studio 5 Fordingbridge - photo shoot; The Cliffe House Barton-on-Sea - Afternoon Tea;
Camellias Restaurant Everton - Afternoon Tea; Tu Sei Bella Milford - 2 Treatments;
Jabulana Milford - Necklace; New Seasons Florist Milford - Plant;
Sway Butchers Sway - 2 Vocuers; Timeless Fabrics Milford - Toy Bird Making Kit;
Ringwood Brewery Ringwood - Four Presentation Boxes of Beers;
Moss on The Green Milford - Silk Scarf; The Old Post Office Milford - 2 packs of notelets.
...and last but not least Beryl and the NFDIS Fundraising Team - - we could not do it without you!
If you are interested in joining the Team please contact the office for an informal chat.
Introducing our new
Operations Manager Paula
We say welcome to our new Team member at NFDIS
Paula has started in her full time post of Operations Manager with us.
She brings a wealth of customer services experience and is a practical 'hands on' manager
supporting the whole Team at our very busy New Milton Office.
With a steep learning curve ahead, Paula says she is loving her new role, relishing the challenges,
but also acknowledges you never know it all in this ever changing advice sector service!
Pop in and meet her is you are passing...
2 March 2017
Popular Office Manager Retires
The whole Team at New Forest Disability were sad to say ‘au-revoir’
to popular Office Manager Josey Carpenter who had been with the charity for almost eight years.
During her years with New Forest Disability she has helped
the Team grow and expand their knowledge; increase their capacity to help over 2,000 clients per annum
and to successfully pass AQS quality audits every two years.
Co-ordinating all aspects of the office from booking client appointments,
line managing volunteer Information Officers to supporting the charity’s training programme
to keep abreast of government legislation, has kept her busy in this multi-tasking post.
Chief Executive Jacki Keable said ‘ it is a sad day for New Forest Disability
however we have benefitted from Josey’s input over the years and her
tireless commitment to providing the very best, free disability advice service
that we can for the residents of the New Forest, for which we thank her most sincerely’
Presenting her with a pair of garden urns and a cake made as a copy of her desk,
(complete with herself by it as shown), the Team wished Josey well with
the next chapter in her life and are delighted she will keep in touch
and continue to attend the charity’s fundraising events in the future.
We were delighted to read this letter in
Friday 3 March 2017 A&T
- our thanks to Mr Powell for
taking the time to write to the press!
Disability Service Praise
Sir, I was delighted to read in the A&T that the New Forest
Disability Information Service has been
awarded yet another
to get advice, and on both occasions the
ladies were helpful and efficient.
Red tape and bureaucracy being the bane
of modern life, I went to them to see if they
could help with a
couple of problems.
could not have been more helpful and, within a few weeks,
my needs had been sorted.
So, if you feel you need guidance on any disability
problems, do not hesitate. The dates and times the
Information Service is available and where,
can be seen in the A&T Coming Events section each week.
Charity Gala Ball
New Forest District Council's Chairman, Councillor Goff Beck, hosted his
Gala Ball at Hoburne Bashley on Saturday 11 February 2017. The event raised
over £3,500 for Cllr Beck's two chosen charities.
The Chairman hosted over 100 guests at Hoburne Bashley at a charity gala
dinner to raise funds for his two charities,
New Forest Disability Information Service and First Opportunities.
The event was attended by Civic Leaders
of Hampshire and Dorset, Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP and Dr Julian Lewis MP, New
Forest and New Milton Town Councillors and representatives of the charities.
Guests were entertained by Royal Marine Bugler Anthony Reilly, who displayed his drum skills
then sounded the dinner call and took port with the Chairman, followed by a three course dinner
and dancing to Rick Rock and the Rowdies. 17 Port and Maritime Regiment
RLC, who received the Freedom of the District last September, were also
represented by their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kirsten Dagless RLC
and Major Lee Rickard RLC.
Paralympic swimmer Mikey Jones MBE and his mother Shirley were most entertaining guests,
with everyone delighted to see Mikey's gold medal which he won at the
Rio Paralympics in 2016
The event also received the support of ExxonMobil and New Forest Ice Cream
through kind sponsorship along with many local businesses who donated raffle
(L to R) Mikey Jones MBE, NFDIS CEO Jacki Keable, Mrs Shirley Jones
and NFDC Chairman Cllr Goff Beck
Disability Information Group Awarded Quality Mark for 14th YearThe Team at New Forest Disability Information Service are celebrating today
for successfully passing the Advice Quality Standard (AQS), a nationally recognised quality mark
for organisations providing free, independent advice to members of the public.
Chief Executive Jacki Keable said ‘We are so pleased to have continued to be awarded the AQS
as it shows the people using our service in the New Forest, as well as those funding our service,
that we are working to the best possible professional standards.
This year’s audit had an amazing outcome whereby we scored 100% compliance!
The team of staff and volunteers have worked very hard to keep the AQS
and the public may be reassured we shall maintain these high standards over the course of the coming years.’
The AQS is awarded by the national umbrella group, the Advice Services Alliance.
The ASA Director Lindsey Poole said: ‘The AQS is a tough benchmark to achieve,
particularly in challenging times for the voluntary sector and our clients and
we offer congratulations to New Forest Disability Information Service for so clearly making the grade.’
NFDIS will continue to proudly display the AQS logo, part of the community of over
650 organisations across the country of AQS holders.
One recent client said ‘ I cannot thank you enough; without your knowledge and advice
I would not have got my benefits back – you have given me my life back and
I am truly grateful’.
Some of the NFDIS Team with the AQS certificate.
Sing Sway concert sweeps away
the bad weather!
On a very wet Saturday evening the wonderful voices of Sing Sway
and enthusiatic audience all enjoyed a packed concert of favourite Carols
and a few surprises too!
New Forest Disability were honoured to receive a wonderful boost to funds of £600!
The mulled wine and mice pies were very welcome too.
Congratulations to each and every member of Sing Sway
for a brilliant evening - and good luck with your 2017 concerts.
© JK - updated May 2017