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News article created on 5 July 2013

Happy birthday to us!

Do one thing every day that scares you - even if that means role play!

Coming back to work after a lovely peaceful week off pottering in the garden is never easy, but it’s been a good week to come back to. I was quite lucky that it only took me until lunchtime on Monday to sort out my emails before knuckling down to some real work. I was in Milton Keynes head office on Tuesday for our first birthday celebrations: yummy cake, a reflection on just how far we’ve come in a year (a long way!). Finally we had a lovely birthday message from our new chief executive, Richard Parry, and no, he didn’t sing it. 

Although Richard doesn’t join us until 8 July, he has been getting out and about on the waterways: boating, painting lock gates, visiting Crick Boat Show, Stoke Bruerne gala weekend etc. He’s definitely hitting the ground running!

Team meeting

Later in the week I headed up the M40 to our Hatton office to sit in on a volunteer co-ordinator team meeting as a preparation for a team focus in the August edition of The Source. I love meeting colleagues from the waterways and it was a really interesting day. The highlight was a brilliant afternoon’s training on the new DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks from NACRO’s Jackie Sinclaire. These are replacing the CRB checks that we have to undertake if our volunteers work with children or vulnerable adults.

I thought at first that it was a bit heavy for after lunch – there are so many new rules, regulations and classifications that my head started to spin – but the interactive part of the afternoon was fascinating (I even got involved in role play – I hate role play with a vengeance and avoid it wherever possible). But you know what Bas Luhrmann’s Sunscreen says: do one thing every day that scares you.

So not only a week that involved a birthday and cake, but I ticked a box too. I'll take that as a good return to work.

About this blog

Liz Waddington

Liz Waddington is editor of The Source, the Canal & River Trust’s monthly staff newspaper. She has been in love with canals and their industrial heritage since her first holiday on the Grand Union Canal when she was 10 years old. Liz likes nothing more than getting out and meeting her colleagues on the cut. 

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