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27th Apr, 2017

Full House at JCI Manchester's Musical Bingo Charity Event
by Simon Anderson on April 27, 2017 17:00

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Last night saw us host our 2nd charity event of the 2017 calendar year at the always popular Botanist on Deansgate. Attendees arrived and were invited to grab their free drink and join for some networking activity. After being watered and fed the musical bingo began!

Musical Bingo works a lot like normal bingo, only rather than numbers it’s songs and artists. The in house pianist and singer (Martin) played and sang songs in a continuous loop while everyone blotted away, eagerly anticipating a line, 2 lines and a full house! There were such classics as John Denver, Mustang Sally, Scooter - The Logical Song and many more absolute classics from years gone by!

The event went down very well and in total we raised £450 for our nominated charity of the year Mancunian Way! Great work charity team and everyone who was involved! Thanks again to the Botanist for being excellent hosts!

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for our next 2 events, which will be the relaunch of our public speaking competition with Eric Fitzpatrick and our much anticipated May Social which we are planning to hold at INNSIDE!

 

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24th Apr, 2017

The group pictured here walking along Great Whernside

 

JCI Manchester (plus Michael from JCI Yorkshire) took to the hills again with MTSG to lead a 15 strong group up and down the hills and across the moors of the Yorkshir Dales! Blessed again by the weather, the group started the walk with a slight (massive) detour which lead them up a pretty steep, boggy hill climb. But in true JCI/MTSG sprirt the group gritted it out getting on the high ground to enjoy the views! (Image above).

Starting in the beautiful village of Kettlewell, the walk took in the peaks of Great Whernside and Buckden Pike. It was a nice hilly loop walk across some pretty boggy terrain but the group soldiered on through despite the windy conditions on top. After reaching both peaks, the group with sun kissed faces finally made their way down into Starbotton (another little/massive detour) and down the river into Kettle well. What should have been a 12 mile hike actually ended up being a 15 mile hike. There were no regrets. It was a fantastic day! 

The next walk the intrepid adventurers will take part in is Helvelyn in the Lake District on Saturday 6th May! Feel free to book yourself on here. The more the merrier, no cost involved! 

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10th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester complete second 3 Peaks Training Walk with MTSG
by Simon Anderson on April 10, 2017 09:02

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20 JCI Manchester and MTSG 3 Peakers took to the rolling hills of the Peak Distrct in 20 degree heat this weekand to take part in the second 3 Peaks Challenge training walk. This particualr walk took in Mam Tor and the Edale circular route that was a grand total of 12 miles! It couldnt have been a better day and the views were spectacular. Everyone slogged it out for a good 5 hours and came home a little bit more sun kissed than when they left.  

There are still a good few walks left as part of the training programme - any and all are welcome on these for no charge regardless of age and membership of JCI! All in a bid to promote good health and wellbeing. For more information about getting involved in these walks please contact Simon Anderson at simon@pro-fit21.com  

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10th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester Attend Mancunian Way Homeless Summit
by Simon Anderson on April 10, 2017 08:16

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JCI Manchester attends Manchester Businesses Homeless Summit with Mancunian Way Charity

The Mancunian Way, JCI Manchester’s Charity for 2017, run a programme known as Change4Good. This is an initiative that works to tackle the growing issue of homelessness on the streets of Manchester. On Thursday 6th April they ran the Manchester Businesses Homeless Summit which invited partners and businesses to the MacDonald Hotel to educate them on the extent of the issues and dispel any of the myths that may circulate about what we should be doing to help.  This article summarises what was spoken about…

A number of news stories were shown to us; the first about a business who donates a pair of anti-bacterial socks to the homeless for every pair that are bought from his company1. The second was about a boy who saves his pocket money to buy Christmas presents for the homeless2. The third was about a little girl who gives home-made cupcakes to the homeless3. The initial reaction of most people in the room was that these acts were good examples of people helping those less fortunate than themselves. There’s no denying that these acts are done with the best intention, but what is the actual consequence of these actions? Are they the actions of people who genuinely want to help the homeless or are they just to make people fell a bit better about themselves. Are coffee shops who give you the option to buy a coffee for a homeless person actually doing something that helps a homeless persons situation or are they just maximising their profits on the backs of people sleeping in the streets? Tough questions to answer.

The difficult to admit truth is, this version of ‘help’ is people choosing to do things that are easy rather than doing things that are difficult but actually help the homeless person improve their situation. It’s people doing the wrong things for the right reasons. These acts of kindness are the very thing that makes homeless people stay on the streets, away from accommodation where the services designed to help them are present. For example, one homeless person the Change4Good team spoke to was given a hot bacon barm and a fresh coffee every morning by a business man who worked in the building he was sleeping outside. An act of kindness. They asked if he would like to go into accommodation, he replied – “No, Do you get breakfast in bed every morning? I do…” So can you blame him for wanting to stay there?  

Another example is that of a 19 year-old boy living in one of the tents across from the MacDonald Hotel where the summit was being held – the Change4Good Team spoke to him about how he got to where he was and asked if he wanted help. Again he refused. On digging a bit deeper they actually discovered he had a home but chose to live here because he has a group of mates, they have a laugh, they give him drugs. For him, it’s a better life living here than in an actual home because people’s kindness makes it so easy for them to survive and in some cases thrive!   

This has created a situation where there is no better city to be a homeless person than in Manchester! People now travel from across the country to sleep on the streets here, and they know this because of social media. The news stories about numbers growing attract people. People message their friends. This only serves to worsen the problem.

The overall message is that the acts of kindness essentially facilitate homeless people staying on the streets longer. They are given food, drinks and money because of people’s good will, to the point where living on the streets is actually better for some than going back into accommodation. There is free food and accommodation for every homeless person in Manchester should they want it. And, any money given does get spent on drugs and alcohol – you may have noticed some news stories circulating about the problems of excessive spice use4. Heroin is also a drug of choice for this group. The main issue here is not so much in trying to help someone high on heroin but the fact that they share needles which can lead to some extremely harmful infections that may lead to amputations. Did you know it costs £1/3 million to amputate a person’s leg that has been sharing needles. Not to mention the cost of aftercare. A growing cost to the NHS which is already very stretched.

The information given from the summit was not on of just stop giving your money and stop caring it was very much, don’t think you are helping people by giving them your money or food. Even though it may seem like you are.

The approach Change4Good take is by adopting a person centred focus. They don’t stand over them and dictate what they can do for them they listen to those living on the streets, build those relationships of trust with them and find out what they need. These types of conversations have often stopped people from being hospitalised and in some cases persuaded them to move into accommodation which is a huge step for anyone living on the streets. They appreciate this is a mental health issue compounded by drug use and that to break this cycle is a very long process especially when the allure of street living is so great.

We were then introduced to a partner organisation known as the Booth Centre5 who work with homeless people by offering accommodation and building a purpose for them that is greater than the life on the streets. What they do and how they help depends on the people walking through the door, they too take a person-centred approach. 

So to summarise, the situation of people living on the streets of Manchester is worsening. What compounds it is people’s good will and acts of kindness that are being done for all the right reasons but just simply aren’t in the recipients best interest. They will continue to live on the streets if we continue to facilitate this kind of life-style through these acts. The work Change4Good do is an essential part of tackling the issue and they need the help of businesses across Manchester to help educate people in what to do and more importantly what not to do. So if you are interested in finding about more about the work Change4Good we would encourage you to get in touch with them - http://mancunianway.org.uk/change4good/

Thanks,

Team JCI Manchester

 

1http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/entrepreneur-gives-manchesters-homeless-stand4socks-12293065

2https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2432976/big-hearted-schoolboy-6-uses-his-own-pocket-money-to-buy-christmas-presents-for-the-homeless/

3http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3885190/Is-Britain-s-kindest-schoolgirl-Olivia-five-takes-homemade-cupcakes-feed-homeless-distressed-people-living-streets.html

4https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3017393/horrifying-footage-shows-how-street-drug-spice-turns-homeless-people-in-manchester-into-zombies/

5http://www.boothcentre.org.uk/

 

 

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6th Apr, 2017

JCI Manchester gets Kintish'd
by Simon Anderson on April 6, 2017 07:30

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Held at the ever accommodating Sedulo offices on Deansgate, April's breakfast briefing was delivered by none other than Will Kintish, a national and international authority on the art of business networking. For 16 years, Will has run in house and public courses all over Europe in this essential business skill, helping people become more competent and effective networkers, so for him to give up his time for JCI Manchester was a real gesture on his part, given how in demand he is as a trainer.
The session began slightly earlier and to the surprise of everyone there! As all attendees were already stood in groups chatting already, the session started with a quick demonstration of how to work the room. This involved looking at whether groups were 'closed' or 'open' and whether it was ok to join them. Everyone then took their seats and Will energetically and interactively took people through the 8 stage 'Kintish Process' that if used well, increases the chances of building business relationships and bringing in business to your company. The session covering the importance of 
actually Accepting the invitation to the event in the first place, How to take the relationship from Know to Like to Trust, The importance of Following up on what you said you would do, and asking the right questions instead of directly selling to people.
Will's energy and the way he interactively took people through the concepts were infectious, causing everyone to hang on his every word for the full hour. Feedback on the session has been immensely positive:
"I learned a lot from this and would definitely recommend attending the course..." Daniel Thomas - Pomegranate Consulting 
"This morning with JCI Manchester I was Kintish'd and it was actually amazing!" Cheryl Hill - Forever Manchester 
"Excellent Breakfast networking training put on by JCI Manchester, albeit very early!" Sarah Parr - Manchester 3 Rivers Gin 
The session came to an end and Will was kind enough to offer 3 free places on his next public course run in Manchester in June. I'm sure the 3 recipients are over the moon with his generous gift! 
The session was incredibly helpful, giving people practical tips they can implement immediately. Anyone considering bringing Will in as a trainer to up skill the staff in bringing more business into the company - Will is a sound investment and we would thoroughly recommend that you do. 
The take away for most people from the session was that social media is great but nothing beats face to face networking for building and solidifying business relationships. And it all starts with accepting the invitation in the first place. If you're not there how will people know who you are and what you do?! 
We want to thank Will for giving up his time this morning, Sedulo for being excellent hosts, for everyone who attended for supporting our event. 
We very much look forward to seeing everyone at our next event which is musical Bingo at the Botanist on Deansgate on the 26th April at 6.30pm. You can book on using the following link! https://www.fatsoma.com/jci-manchester-/tp0rqi0i/charity-event-musical-bingo-at-the-botanist
Thanks,
JCI Manchester Team

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