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News Update - March 2014

The main focus of this News Update is the Management Committee meeting held on 26th February 2014.

Changing to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Work continues on Q&B’s change to a CIO. A great deal of effort has gone into making the process as smooth as possible and creating a constitution and associated rules that satisfy the Charity Commission and fit with our Quaker values and way of working. Converting to a ‘Quakerly’ CIO puts Q&B in the vanguard of Quaker organisations considering a similar change.

Spiritual Accompaniment Programme

John White has offered to be the main contact for the Spiritual Accompaniment programme. We are delighted that John has offered to do this as it reinvigorates a programme that has provided great value to a number of our members and enhances the benefits of being a Q&B member. The programme pairs Q&B members, who meet and discuss those spiritual aspects of work and business of concern. You can learn more here and by contacting John White.

Walking Talking Q&B – a new project

Eoin McCarthy is launching a new Q&B project called ‘Walking Talking Q&B’ – a weekend residential, walking and talking business. It is an opportunity for Q&B members, who own small businesses, to get a rigorous assessment of their business’s condition and prospects from 11 to 13 peers, in confidential cordial meetings.

The initial event is planned to take place at the Glenthorne Quaker Centre and Guest House, Grasmere in the Lake District, and later to be run elsewhere regionally. Eoin requests help organising the first event scheduled for August. You can learn more here and by contacting Eoin McCarthy.

Spring Gathering 2014

Our next event is the Spring Gathering titled ‘Co-operatives: how to set one up and how to get involved’. Co-operatives are one of the world’s fastest growing forms of enterprise and we have an impressive line-up of speakers to share their experience of starting and running co-operatives. Find out more.

The role of Overseer formalised

For the last two years, the role of Overseer has operated on an experimental basis and has been fulfilled by Eoin McCarthy. The role has proved to be very useful to a number of Q&B members and at any one time 3 – 6 members are being regularly provided with pastoral care through home visits, phone calls and email correspondence.

The role of Overseer has now been formalised as an ex-officio position of the Membership Working Group and Management Committee and will be fulfilled by Eoin until April 2017. We also seek to appoint a second person to the role of Overseer.

Website and email changes

A number of changes have been made to the Q&B website, which have been well received. The main change is that there is now more content letting people know what Q&B does. The content has also been structured to make it easier to navigate to different types of content, such as our projects, publications and members’ articles.

You may also have noticed that the second edition of the Good Business: Ethics at Work publication is now available on the website for everyone to read. Please pass the link on to anyone you feel would be interested.

We would also like to encourage you to write articles for the website, reflecting your views and concerns. To submit an article contact Alistair Heslop.

And lastly, you will have noticed that our emails have changed. We are now using the MailChimp service, which has improved the look of our emails and provides an easier way for people to sign up to our emails. Please tell those who would find our emails of interest that they can sign up easily from our home page.