M&S Charity of the Year 2016/17

We are very pleased to be voted by M&S for Charity of the Year 2016/17, it is an exciting news for us and looking forward to working with M&S on this campaign. M&S is not only a retailer that sells food and clothing’s, they also aim to create a positive impact in society and improve people's’ lives wherever they touch them, in line with their company purpose by Making Every Moment Special. M&S aims to become the world’s most sustainable retailer. Through their Plan A 2020 programme they want to ensure that every M&S store contributes positively to their local community. Over 550 store, nation-wide, M&S choose a local charity to support them in fundraising throughout the year. Last year alone, they collected over £900,000 fund for charities and they aim to collect, even more, this year. Skills & Care Greenwich has been working in Greenwich for the last 4 years, delivering projects that help local residents in dealing with poverty, community cohesion, employment and substance miss-use. Last year, Skills & Care joined the forces with M&S to reduce food wastage and re-distribute the surplus food among the needy people. The project manager, Sonia Thapa said –“The re-distribution food not only have prevented the food wastage but also has improved health & well-being of the service users. It goes without saying that the surplus food fed so many hungry and homeless people”. Till Date, Skills & Care Greenwich has redistributed over 20 tons of surplus food to local people.

Reimagining Leadership - An open Letter to Fatta Thapa and Indra Gurung

This 13th of September 2016London, UK. Dear Mr Fatta Thapa and Mr Indra Gurung, Ref: Reimagining Leadership  As leaders of businesses, governments and NGOs we innovate, we grow. Our organisations go through continuous and structural changes, so do our people, our markets and our value propositions. What about our leaderships? My gratitude to both of you, thank you so much for last Sunday’s inspiring talk which you delivered in London. Consider the biological process of 'metamorphosis'. In the moment when a creature first emerges from a cocoon, it can feel vulnerable and helpless. It is neither what it once was, nor is it fully what it is about to become. It feels more as if something has been taken from it, rather than, something has been given to it. Eventually, depending on which school of thoughts you belong to, by the miracles of nature's designs or by an evolutionary paradigm of time +matter + chance, it spreads its wings and flies. What else do followers need? Beyond trustworthy languages, professionally crafted graphics, creatively synchronised and credibly executed speeches delivered by their outstanding leaders – here is evidently a reminder to all; leadership does not have a secret formula, what leadership boils down to is - people, irrespective whether they are part or an organised committees or unions or those who choose to remain unaffiliated. Human innovation remains a deep rooted desire to evolve and advance in a 'belonging community' whatever regimes, civilisations, cultures or political systems we seek to study. However, there are variations of vectors in the directions of travel, and speed of change affecting both leaders and followers. Reflecting on diversity of leadership in our leaders themselves (past and present), their leadership style, leadership ethos, leadership values, all collectively transcend to ‘do good’ or otherwise, for instance, Paul Johnson warned us “the worst of all despotisms is the heartless tyranny of ideas.” The power of thought leadership comes with responsibility for those who commands over other, history can vouch for ‘destructive leadership’ and beautifully crafted ‘constructive leadership’.    Visioning our future, I believe we are being asked by generations to come, to re-imagine our individual leadership(s). Our legacy, how we act in crisis situations, how the collective ‘we’ deal with ‘our’ past, what ‘we are’ doing today and what ‘we’ leave through our ideas and our actions. Thank you, I felt truly inspired by both of you. Kind regards Sharma GunessDirect: +44 (0) 7920563589___________ Sharma Guness is an experienced Leadership Development Consultant with over 10 years in designing and delivering innovative leadership programmes that take cohorts of senior leaders, and other emerging talent groups, through series of linked learning interventions. He is an industry facilitator working with NHS leadership Innovation, Cabinet Office (Efficiency Reform Group), and blue chips such as British Airways, Siemens and WMG Jaguar Land Rover, where he develops tailored leadership and management programmes. Previously a Senior Lecturer and programme leader for Masters Degree at Bournemouth Media School, Bournemouth University and a visiting lecturer / MBA research supervisor at City University, London. Alumnus: Cass Business School scholarship in Outstanding Leadership Executive Programme. 

Hundreds attended Indra Gurung's Hug & Heal Workshop

Sunday, 11th September 2016, Skills & Care Greenwich organised a workshop called “Hug & Heal” with Indra Gurung. Indra is a Visionary leader, compassionate entrepreneur and recognised as one of the most vibrant and powerful motivational & transformational speakers in Asia. He is known as Transformation life-coach, self-Coaching trainer, transformational speaker, Firewalk Practitioner and ICTA Certified NLP master Trainer. Currently, he is in the UK, delivering inspirational workshops around the country. The workshop was attended by nearly 100 participants of all ages, from teens to elderly and was mainly focused for older Gurkha veterans and war widows who has recently migrated to the United Kingdom. When the people walked into the workshop, they been mumbling to themselves, their limitations they thought they have. But, as the workshop progressed they all looked like totally difference people, they were happier, they were smiling and they looked younger. Indra used powerful NLP techniques in his workshop that enabled him to install concepts and attitudes directly into the participant’s sub-conscious mind. At the workshop, Indra used various activity-based method such as inspiring music, body movements, he even cracked jokes and made the people laugh. His workshop was all about – what our brain is capable of; he motivated people to “wanting for change”. He said “when having fun and laugh, you tend to learn better and that goes straight to what going on in terms of your neuro-chemical production”.   After the workshop, Indra ran a quite a few one-to-one healing sessions, each person received around 10-15 minutes of healing session. People who attending the one-to-one healing session, could not believe how effective the session was. They now look at their problems from completely different perspective. Everyone at the workshop and one-to-one healing sessions said – they learnt a lots of things about themselves that they did not know before.

Gurkha Elders make their first trip to a Seaside!

Nepal is a very beautiful country and has 8 out of 10 highest peaks of the world. However, being a landlocked country many Nepalese people are not fortunate enough to make a trip to a seaside. But, Skills & Care Greenwich just made it possible for some older people from Gurkha community in Greenwich. Although, some of the Gurkha’s had seen a seaside while they were in service, but for the ladies including war widows, it has not been possible. Last week, we took a group of 70 people to Joss Bay, Broadstairs in Kent where the elderly spent a day by walking down the beach, singling, dancing, taking picture; some of them prayed too. The day out turned into a massive picnic with variety of Nepalese dishes, cooked by individuals; they shared the variety of food and snacks. At first, sitting on sand did not go quite well – it was in fact a cultural shock for some of them as they never had sat down in sand as such.  The day was saved by the beach shop who sold us 20 mats to sit on; after that all went well. The elderly also enjoyed walking at nearby cliff, the rural fields and greenery. They said – the greenery remind them of Nepal, especially the lovely smell of soil and fresh air.

Skills & Care remains the main attraction of Greenwich World Cultural Festival

3rd July 2016, Skills & Care Greenwich took part in the seventh Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace; the festival was a part of Royal Greenwich Festivals. The one-day-only free entry to the grounds at the one of Greenwich’s most iconic locations, was visited by over 3000 people on the day. Skills & Care was one of the main delivery partners of Greenwich, Dance who organises the event every year. At the event, representing Nepalese community, Skills & Care Performing Art Centre children, aged from 5 – 11 years, performed various Nepali folk dances and were the main attraction of the event. The audiences were screaming and cheering when elderly Gurkha ladies and gentlemen form Greenwich Ex-Gurkha Servicemen Association performed Gurkha dance in “Tite Kareli”; the audience were equally excited to see a group of youth’s performing a fascinating Sherpa Dance. A surprise and unexpected dance performance from choreographer Shimmy Pun herself was again appreciated by everyone. At the main stage, people from all over the world enjoyed performance by the popular Nepali band “Daju Bhai Inc.” – it is very much true, Music has no language. Nepal Tourism Board UK shared the platform with Skills & Care and promoted tourism in Nepal. The Honorary PR representative for Nepal to UK, Pashupati Bhandir delivered a talk on tourism in Nepal highlighting the fact that Nepal has recovered from the last year’s earthquake and is very much ready for business. Greenwich has the largest Nepalese community in London and Nepali language is second most spoken language in the borough. Skills & Care Greenwich as a registered charity has been working with Nepali and wider communities since 2011. The founder member of the charity Sonia Thapa co-ordinated the whole event. Sonia Thapa said – “it was a very hard job to put everything together from communicating with the organisers, artist, the choreographers, professional band, volunteers and sponsors, but the hard work paid off”. The programme was hosted by Manish Bhandari and Fatta Thapa.  Among the sponsor’s, a newly opened travel agency, Sanjog Travel that sponsored a typical taste of Nepali Briyani and other refreshments.  

Skills & Care wins Civic Award for the third year in a row!

We are delighted to announce that Skills & Care Team won Civic Award 2016 – Community Award for outstanding work in raising fund for Nepal Earthquake. We were able to collect 20 tons of donations and over £20,000 for Nepal Earthquake victims. The fourth Civic Awards 2016, held at Woolwich Town Hall on Friday 18 March, honours deserving people who have made outstanding contributions to life in the borough and we are very proud to be one of the organisation to receive the award. The award was received by Skills & Care Team, which included, Devendra Shrestha, Shimmy Pun, Anita KC, Ranjana KC, Pushpa Singh, Sunita Adhikari, Sonia Thapa and Jay Thapa. It is important to note that this is not the first time, Skills & Care have won Civic Award. In 2014, our volunteer Resham Aryal was awarded with Volunteer of the Award and consequently, in 2015, Fatta Thapa had won Civic Award for his contribution to the community, and Teresa Bailey and David King were jointly warded with volunteer of the year award. The award was presented by the Leader of the Council Denise Hyland, who joined Mayor of Royal Greenwich Councillor Norman Adams.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal

Since Nepal’s massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu on April 25, Skills & Care team in the UK has been working tirelessly to help meet the urgent needs of survivors. Entire areas have been destroyed, and people are sleeping outside, terrified to return to severely damaged homes. The earthquake affected approximately 8 million people across 40% of Nepal.People need clean water, food, temporary shelter supplies. Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, and survivors have few resources to help them recover. Working with Royal Borough of Greenwich, local community groups, BME groups and Embassy of Nepal, Skills & Care is doing its bits to help victims and their families in this difficult moment. With the help of local council, the relief materials are being collected at Woolwich Townhall. Councillor Mick Hayes, Mayor and Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich has also appealed to local residence to help Nepal. For more details, please click here and visit the council's website  Skills & Care Director Bivek Shrestha has flown to Nepal to work with a team of Nurses and other volunteer at ground level. Our aim is to get the relief materials to the hard to reach places as most of the international charities and rescue efforts are being concentrated at the Capital.    

Skills & Care scoops three awards in two award categories in RGB Civic Award 2015

 On 6th March 2015 at Woolwich Town Hall, Fatta Thapa, CEO of Skills & Care wins Civic Award 2015 for his outstanding contribution to Social, Economic and Physical well-being of Royal Borough of Greenwich; in particular Nepalese community in the Borough. The other two awards goes to Dave and Teresa under “Volunteer of the Year” category for their outstanding contribution to Gurkha family by creating positive environment and providing support in starting their gardening project “Khetipati” at Flowers Community Grow Project Greenwich in Abbywood. The Khetipati is a Nepali word for gardening and at Skills & Care we use this therapeutic of gardening to help the isolated Gurkha veterans and their families by helping regain confidence, build self-esteem and motivation, feel better physical and mentally and create new social networks The award was presented jointly by the borough Mayor Councillor Mick Hayes and Council Cabinet leader Denise Hyland and the programme was run by Chief Executive John Cumber. Among the other award winners were Zoe Smith, the Commonwealth & Olympian games in Weightlifting and Pierre Lefevre, managing director of Phoenix Wings, who innovated first Driverless Car in Greenwich.

CEO of Skills & Care addresses to a Health Event

24 February 2014, representing the RGB Public Health Team and Skills & Care CIC, Mr Thapa spoke regarding public health services available in the borough. He also explain about importance of being active, eating well and stop smoking and how we can prevent possible Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD). He also touch base on GP services and why everyone should register with a GP. The health event was organised following to findings that large number of Nepalese/Gurkha elderly people in the borough are living in deprived condition and facing issues with health equalities. Many of elderly people from Nepalese community aren’t registering with GP. Skills & Care has been working with NHS CCG and Greenwich Public Health Team to address the overriding issue in the community related to both, primary care and public health. Unlike other ethnic minority communities, the Gurkha community were immigrated to the UK at their old age, and hence face numerous problems related to health and wellbeing; cultural differences, literacy problem, language barrier, inability to do certain activities due to their old age or health condition are some of the main issue. At the event, NHS CCG was also taking part and Skills & Care provided Interpreter service to them.

Barriers to GP Registration for BME Groups in Greenwich

Skills & Care CIC facilitated a focus group session on “Barrier to GP registration amongst BME group in Greenwich”. The session was organised in partnership with, Picker Institute Europe, Roots Research & NHS CCG. Skills & Care coordinated the session by recruiting the focus group participants, organising interpretation service and arranging the venue. The NHS CCG wanted to get an understanding of why some nationalities in the Greenwich area aren’t registering with GPs. They had identified that the following nationalities of people are not registered with GP Somalians Nepalese Vietnamese Chinese Eastern Europeans West Africans The aim of the session was to get feedback as to why registrations aren’t being made so that CCG can look to improve the process or to break down any barriers that are causing problems. The focus group session was held at The Woolwich Town Hall. There were total of 10 focus group participants, two interpreters, an interviewer, a note taker and an observer.