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18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

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Highlighting a "Charity A Day" in June

Posted: Mon, 04 May 2015 11:16

Highlighting a "Charity A Day" in June

Highlighting a

From the 1st June I will be starting a new series on this website highlighting many of the charities and organisations I support, where I sit on the Board or simply work with. There are always details via links on this site to the numerous organisations but I want to bring them to life with stories and examples of what they do with a bit more colour and detail.

You can find out about the people we have worked with formally at SajeImpact here.

I volunteer for a wide range of bodies which are all listed here

And there are the miscellaneous one-off events, people and organisations I am happy and keen to promote.

If you are one of the organisations I have worked with over the years and would like a 'plug' drop me a line and I will include an article.

In the meantime I am finishing my series on the election over at my Tumblr account I have tried to blog every day on the major stories, themes and get behind the spin. Hopefully it has been helpful for all my friends who are not as politically nerdy as me!

So as a nice relief from following the election campaign we can share our values here at SajeImpact.

Tags: NGOs, charity, sajeimpact, tumblr

Panorama and Charities

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:45

Panorama and Charities

I imagine with the amount of self publicity across the BBC for the Panorama programme last night a lot of people in the charity sector found themselves watching the programme. I know I did against my best intentions and judgement!

I fell out with programmes like Panorama years ago. When you know the full background to a story and the full history and complexity it's really hard to take seriously this sort of programme which simplifies complex issues and with the hyperbole of 'leaked' emails and strange links to documents that bear no relation to the issue and by inference they create 'sensation'. It's a formula where they create the story beyond the evidence and facts they have. Look at most stories – there is a great deal of inference.

Now that is not to say there were some uncomfortable moments in the programme. I am a big fan of Comic Relief and Sports Relief. Yes they do keep their admin costs inside their donations by wisely investing but where I would differ is the need to maintain an ethical investment strategy. I know from experience that many charities do this but it opens up a massive debate about what is ethical and who should charities take money from? I always advise Boards to take the Daily Mail test with their expenditure and the Guardian test with their income! Just asking them if they can honestly defend their income generation or spending in light of these sort of questions.

The problem for all charities at the moment is the drop in giving and income just as their services are needed more than ever. A drop in income of 10% means less food on the tables of the poorest in the world for many and it is hard to do that. So it is inevitable that they look further afield to raise their hard needed cash – into high net worth giving (fraught with the danger of how that person made their cash), to the corporate and CSR sector where there is money around. In each area a charity should have a clear identified strategy about the risks it is willing to take and how far they are willing to go to bend their priorities to chase the funding. None of this is new – it is the daily dilemma for all charities that deliver services for others and rely on income from government, local authorities, the NHS etc

We advise charities on these issues, the risks and ask these tough questions at the start of the process. There are times I wish we could not take some money from some companies but my lone voice is not enough. It's a tough world with some tough choices.

So overall I thought the programme was pretty poor – long on conjecture as usual with little hard evidence of massive wrongdoing – but a little transparency is always helpful and perhaps charities will plan for this sort of thing in advance. We can help!

Tags: Charity, Panorama

Tearfund Impact Conference 2013?

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:41

I was delighted to share my thoughts on public engagement at the Tearfund Impact conference at Hothorpe Hall. As part part of the b-engaged work here at SajeImpact we are always pleased to share some of the basic tools for working in the political sphere – mainly to demystify the process and the people.

More importantly here at SajeImpact we want to see social transformation projects get the hearing they deserve. There are so many examples – last night a room full of them – where locally run projects with a heart for their communities are not only transforming lives but usually in a more costs effective and more personalised way than many direct or privatised services. This is not about doing it 'cheaper' as indeed many personalised services can be initially as expensive – but the investment in time and people means the interventions are far more effective.

We will continue to help community and church groups engage locally and nationally and if you are interested please contact Andy Reed direct to see what can be done for your organisation.

IMPACT UK 2013 Conference
IMPACT UK Partner Conference 2013
24th-27th September, Hothorpe Hall

'Christian Engagement in Today's Society' – How to think, lead, pray and act to Transform communities.

Tags: Impact, charity, transformation

£10,000 for Injured Players Foundation from Twickenham game

Posted: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:50

£10,000 for Injured Players Foundation from Twickenham game

Over £10,000 was raised on Thursday at our annual Charity Rugby game at Twickenham this year. The money raised will go to the Injured Players Foundation.

This year we have been supporting the IPF as our chosen charity. From personal experience working with our own injured player, Rich Englegardt, at Birstall RFC I know from 1st hand experience what great work they do to support injured rugby players. We would have been lost without them.

It's great to still be involved and playing rugby to raise money. I helped start the annual charity match at Twickenham after a conversation with Ben Shepherd after a charity football game at Chelsea for Cystic Fibrosis. We thought if football can do it - Rugby can do it too and Ben looked like he could play a useful game of rugby!

Several years later the event has become a great opportunity for the Commons & Lords RUFC to raise money for charity and we should be grateful to the RFU for allowing such ordinary players to grace the pitch at Twickenham. Even in my 8 or 9th appearnace on the pitch I still can never believe my luck

Full RFU Story here - RFU Website - where you know there is nothing as ex as an ex-MP. Simply described as a former MP & no name!

Tags: Charity, Rugby

Hidden Gems

Posted: Fri, 18 May 2012 15:31

In our work at SajeImpact we get to hear of lots of 'new initiatives'. In fact sometimes as I have commented before we hear of a few too many new initiatives when instead a little more co-operative work would be a better idea. Every other day we are approached by another great idea! Our challenge is seeking out the potential winners!

Just in this last week though I have had the pleasure of working and meeting with quite a few organisations that do great work without the national recognition of some national bodies who do mediocre work with lots of recognition.

Just in the last week I have seen Sports Leaders UK, Chapel Street, Sports Chaplaincy UK, Sported, our own Sportsthinktank and the dedicated work of the team at Sport and Recreation Alliance.

When you see successful 'brands' you wonder how many other examples of excellence sit outside the recognised areas of work. That is our job at SajeImpact. To create meaningful branding in the non corporate world amongst the small charity sector in faith and sport. It's tough and challenging when working with virtually no budget but what a great challenge. It would be too easy with lots of money and so we rely on creating excellence in the delivery of the product not just the message! Although to have both is ideal.

Tags: Brand, Charity

Consolidation and Partnership

Posted: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:14

I was recently reminded of an excellent article in a Christian magazine at the start of the current recessionary period welcoming the forthcoming gloom as an opportunity to focus attention on removing duplication from the Christain Charity landscape.

Three years later that argument is probably more relevant than ever before. In my various roles, either here through SajeImpact or in the voluntary roles I hold I despair daily at the level of duplication and territory protection I come across. This applies equally in the various charity sectors and sports world.

After 15 years of being involved in sports policy in the UK I tend to think Inhave come across most bodies, associations, governing bodies and groups. At the S&RA we represent over 300 NGBs and associations. Yet I know this is only the tip of the iceberg. Even so I stiil learn of a new charity or organisation every week.

Just this week I haven been looking at the synergy and potential for another couple of organisations to work together. What strikes me at first glance is the sheer similarity of the mission and outcomes from both. In fact it takes hard work to define any real differences and then only with exaggeration could these be seen as a reason not to combine operations or at least be in deep partnership.

This is just one detailed look at two organisations with the dispassionate viewpoint of an outsider. How many more savings could be made and efficiencies gained when egos, history and personalities are taken out of the equation?

I don‘t find an appetite to talk about mergers and acquisitions in these sectors but perhaps whilst we find a different terminology we need to accept the time has come to consolidate.

Tags: Charity, conversion, partnership, sport

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