Written by Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive, One Community
The words of the Robert Burns poem of 1788, Auld Lang Syne, roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’ and is about preserving old friendship and looking back over the events of the year. I have nothing against reflection and reviewing the past years achievements, especially because we should use each event as a learning experience. But New Year is also a time for new resolutions.
For example, we will be supporting our local authority, Eastleigh Borough Council, who are be promoting an initiative called ‘New Year, New you’. This is to encourage people to be more active, especially those of us who are not really the gym/lycra types! While New Year resolutions do not have to be so physical, they should be ones you can keep. I did try to learn to touch type one year, but still only use 4 fingers! Last year I started to swim after nearly 45 years and now I go at least twice a week before work. I love it, I feel better and moreover I am probably getting some important exercise; so you see I do try and practice what I preach.
2017 will be a year of many challenges, not least for One Community and our clients, but also due to the environment we live in. There will be pressure on money, or lack of it, especially for organisations like ours working with local authorities such as Hampshire County Council, who still have to save £98 million by 2018 and a further £140 million by 2019/20. The recent news of the budget and a little help from the Government, may prove to be just a drop in the ocean, or the equivalent of filling a pot holes when you really need a new highway.
Charities will continue to evolve to meet the new challenges, but the key resolution we have to make will be to remain focused on what we want to do, respond to what clients need and work together; otherwise we will lose shape, support, and our clients will not get the support they need and deserve.
Keeping at it and remaining focussed on outcomes is my new year resolution as well as. For me this will mean following my husband’s traditional jazz band, tapping a beat with one hand and writing to-do lists in my notebook with the other!
Happy New Year!