Weekly Newsletter from CHC  

 Letter From Cricklewood

Week Ending  23 November 2012

Hello folks,
Dollis Hill Players performance of A Servant To Two Masters (Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni) was roundly received by a packed audience at Lady of Grace RC Junior School Dollis Hill over three evenings last week with proceeds donated to CHC. We thank Angela and her company for an excellent performance and their generous offer
Mitzvah Day: This Jewish led day of social action http://goo.gl/EQXRw was last Sunday. Sam gave a talk to the volunteers from Golders Green Synagogue who were out collecting food and toiletries for CHC. Yeshurun, Shomrei Hadath, Met Group and Manuel Swaden all contributed great stuff. Thanks go to Mitzvah Day for their support. 
Christmas preparations?  Click to hear/see our choir practice on our very own YouTube channel http://goo.gl/AdNkM  
Return of the prodigal volunteer: We are delighted to welcome back Josie as a volunteer. Josie retired recently from DWP and she spent a number of years with us as a benefits advisor. Thanks Josie for coming back to CHC. You know it’s the right thing!
Swiss Cottage Waitrose shoppers contributed to a generous donation to CHC this week all arranged by Waitrose, the food division of John Lewis. Thanks again to Waitrose for their very welcome support over this busy winter period.
Our MP says it all: http://goo.gl/iP8s3
Mentoring anyone? ‘As a local resident living in Willesden Green, I first became aware of CHC through North West Two Residents Association. At an age of cuts and financial hardship for millions, it was clear to me that the work CHC does is more important than ever. As a mentor, I meet clients who need some assistance getting into employment. Some are young people who have little experience of the work place, while others may have been out of work for a number of years and now lack the skills demanded by employers. My job is to help them to look to the future rather than the past, to guide them towards appropriate training or employment opportunities, and to build a future in which they can be financially secure, confident, and satisfied.  I’m a historian by profession and have worked as a lecturer in a number of universities. I’m hopeful that the experience I’ve gained helping my students to gain direction, training, and employment will prove useful to our clients here at CHC’  Katy.

Our Capacity Building, Training & Enterprise Director, Carmen Llorente spent a day at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) this week. This was part of NCVO’s the ‘A day in the life’ work shadow scheme. The scheme was set up to improve relations between the public and civil sectors, with the aim of improving policy making.  We’ll be putting her experiences on the website next week. 

Route 18: The winter shelter work is underway. See Lucien's update on the project here  

Congratulations go to Anne from our fantastic reception team, who this week completed her Level 3 diploma in customer service. 
WinterFest: This Saturday Cricklewood will be brighter when CIP hosts the first Cricklewood Winter Festival at the B&Q Green. NW2 Residents Association are fundraising during the event for CHC by holding a raffle. In addition to some great prizes they have sourced from local supporters, the winner of the raffle gets to switch on the Christmas lights. See www.cricklewoodcip.org for more information, including the programme for the day. Do come along if your are free. 

Best Wishes

Danny Maher 

60 Ashford Road
Tel: 020 8208 8590
Email: info@chc-mail.org 
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