St John's News
Introducing our new Chairman of Trustees and CEO:
Set to help guide the charity's work is our new Chairman of Trustees, Ben Fletcher.
Currently European Region Managing Director for Clarks, Ben and his young family have recently re-located to Bath.
With responsibility in his ‘day job’ for leading business across 27 markets, Ben brings vast commercial knowledge to St John’s. Additionally, as a trustee of the National Literacy Trust, which works with some the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, he is extremely well-placed for his new role at St John’s.
“I am thrilled to be welcomed into the St John’s family. There are already some hugely exciting projects in the pipeline, and I am looking forward to helping the charity carve out the next five years of its strategic journey.”
Having joined St John’s as Finance Director in 2016, David Hobdey stepped up to the role of interim CEO in the latter part of 2018. David’s measured, fair and thoughtful approach has made him popular with staff and trustees alike and consensus on his permanent appointment as CEO was unanimous.
David’s previous business career was finance-based, spanning professional practice, industry and commerce and the NHS.
Referencing the impact of budget cuts and deepening austerity on many parts of wider society, David said:
“It is important that St John’s doesn’t rest on its ancient laurels – we need to be progressive and our activities must better reflect the times we live in by supporting a broader cross section of the community.
I feel passionate about St John’s, its staff and all that it represents, and it is a great honour to have been appointed CEO”
On 4th June, a team from St John’s competed in the Mogers Drewett charity netball tournament- an annual mixed team competition for organisations across Bath to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice.
To give some perspective on our chances of winning, last year we managed to come last...
Clearly our pumped-up team were out to make amends and supporters were gripped as it went to extra time in both the semi -final and the final, with the 'St John's Dream Team' going on to win by two clear goals!
Huge congratulations and thank you to our wonderful team - with special thanks to our netball-guru, Hazel Nicholls, for being such an inspirational coach and organiser.
Bishop of Bath and Wells visits St John's to unveil our stunning, new stained-glass window
On Monday 29th April, residents, staff and trustees gathered at the Chapel of St Michael’s Within for Bishop Peter Hancock’s service of dedication.
Read the full article on this very special occasion here.
Hangin' Tough: 100 Second Challenge
On Friday 17th May, we joined forces with the fitness experts from Power 10 to host the '100 Second Challenge' - an event to raise awareness of local charity, Sporting Family Change. For a small entry fee, participants were able to test their strength and endurance as they took on the challenge of hanging from a bar for 100 seconds.
Over 40 people from St John’s, Sporting Family Change and Power10 took up the challenge - with the same number cheering on their colleagues and friends from the side lines. Our courtyard was packed, with several members of the public drawn in to see what was happening
Who knew that simply seeing if you could hang for 100 seconds from a metal bar, could engender such camaraderie, support and ‘togetherness’.
Commenting on the event, our Director of Funding and Impact, Louise Harvey said "This was one of the most uplifting and life-affirming happenings we’ve ever had at St John’s. It was wonderful to see such a mix of abilities, ages and life situations, all united in raising funds for the great charity that is Sporting Family Change"
With over £675 raised in just two hours, we are already planning the next one!
St John's Networking Breakfast
Our next Networking Breakfast will take place on Thursday 27th June from 8am at Chapel Court.
Previous events have been extremely well-received, serving as an excellent opportunity for people to informally connect with local organisations and businesses .
Spaces are limited, and so please click here to reserve your free ticket.
Have you ever thought about fostering?
Last month, Foster Care fortnight highlighted the dedicated work and commitment of foster carers nationally. The Fostering Network says, “Despite the trauma experienced by children coming into care and their difficult start to life, good foster care can help to transform their lives and enable them to flourish. Fostering offers children a safe and caring home and plays a big part in supporting them to maintain links with their birth family”.
The Council held a celebration event on 8th May at the Guildhall to thank local foster carers and present awards for outstanding work and long service.
There are just under 200 children in care throughout Bath & North East Somerset; the vast majority placed with foster carers. When foster carers do not have vacancies, children have to be placed further afield; the Council strive to have enough carers for this to be rare.
They are particularly keen to hear from anybody able to think about fostering children aged 10+ and those who would be able to foster siblings, helping them to keep brothers and sisters together.
There are 55,000 foster families in the UK; the Fostering Network estimates a further 7,600 households are needed this year. Could you be one?
Find out more here.