We held our annual Athletics Championships last week at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Sutton, Surrey. Over 200 people attended including people we support, staff and family members. This is such a highlight in our annual events calendar and it is always great to see so many people attending and taking part in sporting events with such enthusiasm. We handed out over 60 medals to people we support giving them the opportunity to showcase their sporting abilities and learn new skills. Events ranged from 100m sprints to long jump and wheelchair basketball and I hosted a taster Tai Chi session. The CMG Choir provided excellent entertainment during the event as well
For those that read my blog regularly, you will know that I am particularly fussy about the way that CMG services keep their gardens, so I was thrilled to see so many excellent entries into our annual CMG In Bloom competition, which gives services the chance to demonstrate how they have made improvements in their gardens, especially where there has been any particular involvement of people we support. We have received some splendid entries so I don’t envy the judging panel in their decision making, but well done to all those who have taken part.
We are going through an important process at the moment in CMG around staff consultation on our sick pay policy linked to proposed pay rises. We want to give staff pay rises but we are in a challenging financial climate with virtually no fee increases from Local Authorities and some Local Authorities wanting to reduce fees they pay us. We have undergone a really good participative process with our staff representatives and our Head of HR and myself have attended over 10 consultation meetings and had some lively debates. We are now changing the proposals based on the feedback we have received and we will be releasing new proposals this week. We hope to conclude the process by the end of this month.