“Thank you so much for all the food and gifts it was so unexpected and thoughtful you have made my Christmas” (Resident Christmas 2018)
Happy New Year from BACKUP! We talk a lot here about values and ethos. As a company, we have a mission statement and a set of values x 5 we have adopted. But we had a list of hundreds to select from and another 50 odd really applied here but we whittled it down to 5 with great difficulty and they are:-
According to the dictionary this is what it means……..
values(third person present)
1: estimate the monetary worth of.
“his estate was valued at £45,000”
2: consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of.
“she had come to value her privacy”
Human values are the principles, convictions and internal beliefs that people adopt and follow in their daily activities. Professional ethics are built on the principles of human values. BACKUP is made up of colleagues who work here, Trustees who govern and support us and the young people who live here. We all have different values but agree that we believe in what BACKUP is trying to achieve.
Why am I even telling you this?
At BACKUP we recently had our annual charity sleep out (30thNovember 2018) raising over £12,000, and the same week we were finalists at two awards ceremonies in London. These were Investors in People Employer of the Year GOLD and British Chamber of Commerce Workplace Wellbeing Award; we didn’t win either of them but that’s not my point. However, on 7th December I won the Third Sector Champion award at the National Business Women’s Awards at Wembley Stadium. This was the fantastic end to what had already been a fabulous year.
- January saw the new £478,000 Big Lottery bid giving us the new and expanded Chances Team.
- February was our residents’ charity Cat Walk fundraiser and the same day a resident, Christopher, won the Spirit of Youth award at Bolton at Home Stars in the Community Awards ceremony
- March saw the Charity’s first big fundraiser – the Ladies’ Lunch
- April we were beneficiaries of funds raised at Mr and Miss Bolton Bodybuilding Event courtesy of Ronnie and Suzy Orr.
- May was very busy! 3 colleagues here were finalists in the Bolton Inspiring Women Awards; Dee, Jo and myself. I also won the North West Inspire Women award and was at the Royal Garden party!
- June was the next big fundraiser – the Golf Day
- July we had the residents’ Art Exhibition, and I was runner up at Barclays Professional Woman of the Year. We also did the “Our House” filming!
- August Yasmin Qureshi MP visited our services and met residents.
- September – we moved into Orlando, we went to Bolton Pride and we won the Bolton Business Award for the “Not for Profit” sector!!
- October we had our AGM and new name launch which was amazing! The “Our House” video, the Annual Reports and all our other marketing resources were a resounding success.
- November was the Gala Ball at the Last Drop and the Sleep Out, both raising loads of money!
December is always a manic month but in a great way. We have had countless donations of food, clothing, money, toiletries and treats. We ran an appeal for the first time, asking for personal handwritten Christmas cards and vouchers for young people with a message in to show someone cares. We were inundated. Complete strangers sent anonymous messages of hope, encouragement and warmth to our residents with vouchers inside for treats and necessities. Pictured here are some examples. They made even the most hardened amongst us cry.
We received donations from individuals, groups and businesses, too many to mention individually, but including Bolton Lions, Janet Poyner, Sainsburys, ASDA, Julie Lomax, Hill and Johnstone, Warburtons, Edwards Genesis, Amity Law and many, many more.
“Thank you so much for everything you have given me I love it” (Resident Christmas 2018)
We have witnessed numerous personal and company values over this period and all year including selflessness, generosity, support, thoughtfulness, kindness, inspiration, motivation, responsibility, good will, integrity, benevolence, joy and acknowledgement. My favourite encompasses all these – friendship. This is you.
As friends of the scheme, and it matters not how you are involved, why or when; you are part of a self-fulfilling cycle, your actions inspire ours and ours, yours. In the middle, the young people feel valued, benefit from the impact, see the good in people, recognise values they would like to have themselves and so our ripple effect continues through them like little threads that link us all. Believe me, they remember this all their lives. 2019 is our 27th year of operation and it’s all thanks to you and our supporters that we getter bigger and better every single year.
Christmas at BACKUP is always a time of conflict with a small c; colleagues wanting to and deserving to spend time with their own families and friends after a year of giving 150% to their work here, but also we’re all wanting to make sure every young person is safe, happy and feels wanted/cared for. It’s a fine line with professional boundaries but we very much stay on the right side of that line. So the cards, gifts, vouchers, meals and all your donations that were passed on to them along with time from us to play games, watch Christmas TV, listen, chat, share meals and a group trip to the Cinema all led to a peaceful and uneventful period. (And when I say uneventful I mean no traumas, no police or emergency services required, no one was asked to leave, no unwanted visitors, no complaints, no incidents at any of our services.) For some of our young people this will have been their first Christmas with gifts, AND food, AND company, AND utilities, AND safety and security.
It is not possible to quantify the value of this support from you or its impact. It’s quite simply PRICELESS. We value each and everyone one of you – and your input allows young people to feel valued and recognise values.
We are wishing you all a Healthy and Happy 2019.
One of the Managers here received a Christmas card from a young resident. She can have the last word.
“Last Christmas I had just one wish and that was to have a place to call home. Although I didn’t ever think anyone would help or cared. I still hoped but finally lost faith. I was at my lowest and didn’t think it would change anytime soon. This year I wake up every morning in a bed not a sofa and I go to work finally being able to say I’m going home and mean it. This year I have no worries and feel like the luckiest person ever. This Christmas I have a home thanks to BACKUP. You really are amazing people, love and thanks. K”