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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.

Beryl and JAcki with Goff

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

Quiz Evening

18 teams - 130 portions of fish/chicken & chips - a lot of fun

thanks to Quiz Master Bob!

quiz logo

winning team

Winning Team

quiz teams   picture round

the teams settle in                                             picture round

  fish or chicken?   supper time

meal tickets to the ready                                             fish or chicken & chips?

raffle time    green basket

time for the raffle                                      beautiful 'green' basket

yellow basket   blue basket

'yellow' basket winner                        'blue' basket winner

gold basket   red basket

'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.



April 2017

Introducing our new

Operations Manager Paula

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.

josey cutting her cake   Joseys cake


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 well-deserved accolade.
   I dropped in twice to Lymington Hospital 

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.
   Lo and behold, a charming lady filled out the forms, 

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.

Alan Powell,

Waters Green,

Brockenhurst



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
prizes.


gala ball

(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 Year

The 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’.

team with certificate

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!

sing sway presenting big cheque

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