I think most people who read this blog would have noticed a period of no or limited blogging. This was on purpose, as my new role as a Cabinet Member required certain things had to change. That doesn’t meant I have all gone corporate, but a balance has to be struck. And until I had worked out how I was going to blog, it was best to limit the blog posts.
Now found that balance and I am re-invigorated with tapping the keyboard and sharing my views, thoughts and frustrations. As part of blogging, I will try and do a weekly round-up of some of the things I have been doing which I have not blogged about separately. To give you an insight to the varied role I have.
For the week of 30th September till the 6th October it has mostly been a week of meeting on budgets in one shape or another. However, I have also been to two conferences.
The first was the Aiming Higher Conference which is in its seventh year. The attendees are a mixture of parents and carers of disabled children and professionals who specialise in this field. I was asked to open the conference which this being my first to open, there was an added pressure of not talking a load of rubbish.
I found the conference very useful as the agenda was set by the parents and carers. So it was good to understand just some of their concerns. And as you probably guessed it, these concerns were about services, budgets and the national picture; including the latest government view. The latter was delivered by an excellent presentation from Amanda Allard of the Council for Disabled Children. This presentation was excellent and showed the national picture on certain issues.
The second conference I attended was that of the pre-school alliance, which took place on Saturday. This conference gave me the chance to talk to providers, after small social enterprises who are having a tough time. The feedback I got was on the Two-year funding, failing numbers, Ofsted and the lack of free training. The training was a big issues as much was out of the price of the small providers.
I gained a lot of very useful information from both these conferences. It is also very good talking to the people who deliver the services. As for me, it keeps it real.
Next week will include David Laws MP and the Duke of Edinburgh.