Archives for October 19th, 2005

FACILITATION MADE EASY

Book News, PublicNet: 19 October, 2005

By Esther CameronThis practical guide is designed to improve meetings and workshops. It gives detailed examples, proven tips for success, checklists, case studies and a self-assessment guide to test the personal approach to facilitation. It helps to understand the facilitator’s role and determine the facilitation style that matches the personal style.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES URGED TO KEEP UP MOMENTUM AGAINST ARSON

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 October, 2005

Partnerships between fire and rescue services and the communities they serve are succeeding in driving down the number of cases of arson according to new figures. The latest statistics show a drop of more than a fifth in deliberately started fires since last year.The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is calling on local councils to keep up the fight against fire setting and to put special emphasis on work with children and young people. According to the Arson Control Forum’s annual report there were 75,800 deliberate fires in the year ending December 2004, down by 21 per cent on the number in 2003. In the same period deliberate road vehicle fires fell by a quarter.

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GOVERNANCE HUB TEAM STARTS WORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 October, 2005

A team of governance professionals has been appointed to implement ambitious plans to improve the way voluntary and community organisations are run. The Governance Hub aims to lead the way in good governance and help trustees to enhance their skills and build their own governance capacity. The Hub will be chaired by Gill Edelman, who recently stood down after eight years as Chief Executive of children’s communication disability charity, I-CAN and who has been a board member of small and medium sized voluntary organisations.She said the Hub team planned to show people the critical role that governance plays in helping voluntary and community organisations to achieve their mission. It will signpost, develop and promote new resources and help local and regional infrastructure organisations provide more accessible support to their members. “We need to bring governance out of the shadows. The general public don’t know how voluntary and community organisations are led and managed. People who might be interested in becoming trustees, are in the dark about the opportunities and responsibilities trusteeship offers, and people who are trustees don’t always have access to advice and support on governance issues,” she added.

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