On Friday 2nd June, Rathbone was represented by Shaun Jones at JP Morgan’s Force for Good 2016 Project Showcase Event in London. Over 100 JP Morgan technologists attended the prestigious event to hear all about the solutions that the Force for Good (FFG) participants were able to create for their NGO partners, including Rathbone, over the past 8 months.
Each team delivered a ‘TED-Style’ talk about the NGO they worked with and the challenge each organisation was facing. Each team then shared details of their technical solution including a demonstration of their build, before addressing any lessons learnt / enhancement ideas.
We’d like to express our gratitude once again to Felicity and everyone at Force for Good, but particularly to our technical team, ably led by Yelena, Fahad and Nehal, who came up with a fantastic future-proof technical solution to our particular rostering difficulties. Rathbone’s Outreach Service Team Administrator, Jacek Wojt, was fully engaged in the project throughout, and it was unfortunate that he had to be out of the country for this celebratory event.
It was a very positive experience for us from start to finish and we hope to be able to work with Force for Good again in the future.
Jacek appears on video at the Showcase
We are holding an open event on Wed 21st June as part of Learning Disability Week 2017.
Last Summer our Outreach Service began working on a new pilot scheme with an organisation called Timewise Foundation, who are supported by JP Morgan Chase Foundation. The pilot launched in September and around that time we mare made aware of an opportunity to potentially be part of JP Morgan’s 2016/17 Force for Good programme, in which project team of new graduates and more experienced JP Morgan tech talent use their skills to help ‘social good organisations’ (like ourselves) to develop technological solutions to some of the issues we face.
In our case we asked if Force for Good could make a difference to us was by using their team of IT experts to build an app to our specifications and improve the flexibility and responsiveness of our rostering system for the Outreach Service, something which could have a major organisational benefit.
Initially we hoped that the team could build a whole new system for us to coordinate our workforce but it quickly became apparent that the hope was somewhat over-ambitious and impractical for the 6-8 months allocated to the project. The Team worked closely alongside Jacek, our Team Administrator, on a weekly basis to identify and prioritise what could be done to improve our current system.
In relatively short time the project team was able to deliver a piece of software that drastically reduces the time it takes to produce our accessible / user friendly rotas for service users from 3 days to 30 seconds!!
In recent months the goal has evolved into incorporating this app into our functional rostering system.
Force for good was also able to help us migrate some of the data we held in separate spreadsheets into the system so the entire rostering process is more pleasant and intuitive for the user as well as much less time consuming. The solution is robust and has scope for future development and we couldn’t be much happier with the results.
The project is due to finish in the next 2 weeks, and will be highlighted and celebrated as part of the Force for Good Project Showcase on June 2nd.
Thank you to JP Morgan Chase Foundation, all our friends at JP Morgan and of course our other friends at Timewise Foundation. It’s been great.
Jacek and some of the the Force for Good team in action
The co-op have chosen Rathbone as one of the charities to receive support through it’s membership donations scheme. You can help by selecting us as your chosen charity if you are a member, if not – just sign up now! The funds will support our Come Dine With Us project which is a healthy shopping and cooking social group for adults with learning disabilities, meeting weekly. You can read more about the group on our website.
Rathbone is supporting a Department of Education campaign “Together, we can tackle child abuse” which aims to raise awareness and encourage members of the public to report child abuse and neglect.
The campaign aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly. The aim is to create a new social norm around reporting and tackle the barriers that stop people taking action.
Lambeth Council, which is also supporting this worthwhile campaign, also has some very useful information pages on its website which explain what to do if you suspect a child is at risk.
We are proud to announce that Rathbone’s Youth Management Team have won this prestigious London Youth award for 2017. The Youth Social Action Award focuses on organisations that have gone above and beyond the ordinary in their dedication to inspiring and supporting young Londoners to lead change in their communities and their own lives.
The Youth Management Team encourages and supports young people who wouldn’t otherwise get involved in social action to have a say on and impact the services available to young people in their local community. This is done through involvement in forums, funding presentations and empowering young people to take on leadership roles within the Youth Club.
We are extremely proud of the young people, youth workers and volunteers and this great achievement!
Winners at the 2017 Awards at the Amnesty Centre on 23rd March 2017
For many reasons and for many people, in the UK and around the world, 2016 turned out to be a very difficult and troubling year – but thankfully it wasn’t all bad news.
Welcome to our Winter Newsletter celebrating some of the good things that Rathbone’s staff, volunteers and service users were involved in this year.
Thank you sincerely once again to all of Rathbone’s funders, supporters and volunteers – we wouldn’t do any of this without you.
On December 3rd Friends and families came from far and wide to cheer on the dancers of Bite Back, Made2Dance and B Diverse at Diverse Dance’s Annual Showcase for 2016 at Theatre SW4 in Clapham.
Some favourite pieces had been seen before and some were brand new, but they were all performed with skill and enthusiasm.
Many thanks, as ever, goes to the tutors of Diverse Dance
2016 has seen the Diverse Dance Studios groups perform at the busiest ever Lambeth Country Show and receive a commission from Nine Elms & Big Dance, which led to an integrated group performance on the iconic Big Dance Bus. We were also proud to have our dance film WAVE selected and screened at the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Inclusive Youth Dance Platform.
This year the groups looked to international artists for inspiration and are excited to present theirresponses to Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas, along with Willi Dorner’s Bodies in Urban Spaces project.
All money raised from the 2016 Showcase will go towards supporting Rathbone groups.
Phil Kerry has been on Rathbone’s Board of Trustees since October 2015.
In his day job he works as a Director of Programmes for London Youth, and here he talks to on the London Youth website, as part of Trustees’ Week, about his voluntary role at Rathbone.
Arthur, Andrew and Luke at journey’s end
On Saturday 15th October, after a long and gruelling 11 (yes, eleven) hours we made the finish line in Brighton. After setting off from The Old Library in West Norwood at 5am we had 12 miles of hills to tackle, over 15 miles of muddy and stony parks, 5 miles of the fast and furious A23 and the last 10 miles through thoroughly wet and windy conditions. We finally made it to Brighton Pier at 4pm, tired and sore, but elated after achieving what we set out to do.
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