All posts by John Handley

CEO’s Blog – 31/10/2019

It’s Everybody Else’s Fault but Mine As I write this blog, the national news has (temporarily) switched its focus away from Brexit and the general election, to the Grenfell Tower disaster Report.  The Report seems to pull no punches and is quite open in where it sees the blame for the extent of the disaster.  […]

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CEO’s Blog – 22/07/2019

I Want Change I have a “Banksy” on the wall of my office.  Ebay said it was genuine, and so it must be, even though it was only £12.50!  Anyway, it is a picture of a homeless person begging, holding a sign that says “Keep your coins, I WANT CHANGE”. The guy holding the sign […]

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CEO’s Blog – 19/02/2019

Here’s £70 – go buy a drill!You probably won’t be surprised to hear that in the charity world we talk a lot about “giving”.  Indeed I have blogged in the past about just this topic, but when it comes to running a charity, when it comes to trying to get support, when it comes to […]

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CEO’s Blog – 14/12/2018

It’s Christmas!So what does Christmas mean to you?  Is it just a marketing opportunity that starts ridiculously early in the year (not uncommon these days to see Christmas lights in October!), that adds pressure to spend more money than we can really afford on presents that most people probably don’t want, to eat more than […]

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CEO’s Blog – 13/11/2018

What “World Day” is it Today? We have so many “days” these days – Homelessness Day, Mental Health Day, Ladies Day and so many more. In November alone there are over 20, including (wait for it) “World Toilet Day”. Yes it’s true, World Toilet Day that expounds “toilet users’ rights to a better toilet environment” […]

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CEO’s Blog – 01/10/2018

Give and You Shall ReceiveA sermon was given in my local church recently, about giving.  The biblical basis for this is called tithing and is found in many places in the Old Testament, and it says that we should give 10% of your income to the church (although biblical scholars think the tithe may actually […]

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CEO’s Blog – 10/08/2018

Be PositiveOver this past few weeks my time has been taken up with a tender for a new contract for our Supported Accommodation Service – i.e for our charitable work.  Without someone paying for this service we would quite simply not exist so as contracts go, this is quite an important one.  In short we […]

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CEO’s Blog – 20/06/2018

Ending Homelessness – is Everybody In?There has been a lot of attention given to a report recently published by Crisis, which calls for an end to homelessness by 2027, so it may be worth The Bridge Trust giving our take on its content (full report found here: https://www.crisis.org.uk/ending-homelessness/the-plan-to-end-homelessness-full-version/next-steps/priorities-for-westminster-scottish-and-welsh-governments/).Firstly, I am pleased that the report’s definition […]

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CEO’s Blog – 09/05/2018

Marketing, Public Relations, Press Releases…. Is it all worth it?As the CEO of a small organisation, I find I have my fingers in all sorts of different pies; not only having the responsibility for so many things but actually getting involved in helping do them as well.  One area that I get involved in is […]

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CEO’s Blog – 06/03/2018

EthicsNo, I don’t mean the county to the north east of London but ethics, as in conducting yourself ethically.Many moons ago I learned a business model that I apply even today – probably because it’s one of the simpler ones to understand!  It was called the “Four Es”, which stands for “Efficiency, Effectiveness, Economy and […]

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