14 years ago today on April 16th I made a life changing decision. So you are probably wondering how can the lowest point in my life also be the highest point in my life?
Have you ever tried to climb one of those climbing walls, or tried to go up a hill only to keep going back down again, and you feel like giving up?
Well in 2008 the year my marriage ended, the year that the UK was in a recession, when I was struggling financially, and I had health challenges, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life, that was to set up my own company.
Many people at that time questioned my decision, and were not always very encouraging. There were some very difficult times ahead of me, I lost my home that I was living in for 10 years, and had to start again with two children to care for.
During my hardest of times I met and was supported by some very amazing people, who took a chance on me and my vision, and have remained form friends to this day, and have stood by me through thick and thin. On my darkest of days they were there, and on my brightest of days they were there for me.
You see just like that climbing wall that always got the better of me I could easily have given up, but I chose to continue because I have faith in what I want to achieve, faith in the vision, and wanted to be a role model for my children and to be able to provide for them, at the same time make a difference to those who I encountered on my journey.
The other day I facilitated a team building session, and I spoke about journeys. We spoke about how the team journey started, the continued journey and the final destination. Just like that team, my 14 years has been the most amazing journey. I have been blessed to have worked with some of the most amazing and inspirational people on my journey, some have stayed with me and some have moved onto other journeys, some were only meant to be with me for a particular part of my journey.
I started Chinara Enterprises to enable me to do the things that I am most passionate about, that I enjoy and to make a difference to the lives of others, be it through learning and development, consultancy, putting on live shows and concerts with the like of Junior Giscombe, Beverley Knight, or offering mentoring.
Chinara Team at Enfield
14 years and still still climbing that wall with the support and encouragement of so many people. Over the past 14 years Chinara Enterprises has worked with over 30 organisations, nearly 700 members, and over 1000 on our mailing list and growing each day !
Some of our biggest projects to date have been with the Local Government Association, where we are really proud to have developed and delivered the learning and development programme for the national Return to Social Work Programme for 3 years, as well as the Social Work Together Essentials programme.
RTSW graduation event
We have been at the forefront of discussions with regards to agency social workers learning and development, and are pleased to be engaging with Social Work England on supporting social workers in the independent sector.
We are immensely proud of our working relationship with Kings College London, Making Research Count, on the Return to Social Work Programme, Social Work Together Essentials as well as supporting agency social worker training.
Over the years the Chinara Enterprises team has expanded, and we now have a team of associates across the UK working with us on various contracts. People often ask me, how do you do it? ! If it was not for my amazing team, including Jame Blewett, Professor Jill Manthorpe, George Smalling, Shahilla Barok, Jan Carpenter, Jennifer Orgill, Jill Webb, Sarah Jones, Fiona Bryan, Toni Mitchell, Sue Skrobanski, Sue Conn, Andrea Goddard, Tosin Mason, my right hand person Stephanie Brown who has stuck with me for 14 years, my accountant, my insurance broker ,Lloyds Bank, my business mentor Michael Cheesman, my son and my dearly departed daughter, Beverley Knight , Orlando Gittens, Dj Bigger, DJ Munro, Everett Henry, Mi Soul Radio, Calvin Francis, Archie Dee, my Web team Delton Digital, Jade Consulting, Eli and Heather Thompson, Aadil Rasheed, Tony Matthews, Andy Franklin, Nigel Bee, Natty B, Kush Films, Sherry Ann Dixon , BeautyPac , Romero Bryan, Bryan Chambers, Angie Le Mar, Jahson, Don E, Hughie Crawford, ITV Meridian, BBC South East Today and BBC Radio Kent, to name a few ! Countless friends and family, all of this would not be achieved. Also had it not been for our many clients who took a chance on us, and appreciate what we do, we would not be where we are today.
So my message to you who are reading this is.. There may be times in your life when you are at your lowest point, do not give up, that point in your life can be the moment you decide to make a positive change, and make what was the lowest point in your life your highest one !
Stay blessed and thank you for reading
Going to finish up with one of my favourite inspirational songs from my dear friend and someone who I call family Beverley Knight
Thank you all !
What a busy month it has been ! We had an amazing event at the start of Social Work England Social Work week, talking about young people at risk of criminal exploitation, with over 50 people attending.
Tanayah spoke in depth about his own personal journey from a life of crime to now being one of the UK’s leading experts on working with young people who are exploited.
As you know this was a free event as part of Social Work week, we are hoping to run it again for a fee, and will update you.
Last year we had one of the UK’s leading lawyers in adult social care, mental capacity and mental health, provide an overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards and some of the proposed changes at that time.
We are now pleased to be able to welcome Tim back to present an overview on the recently launched and long awaited Code of Practice and legislation.
The government launched its consultation on the draft on March 17th, and we are pleased to bring this exclusive event to you all.
You can read a summary written by Tim in Community Care
The seminar will take place on Tuesday 17th May 4.30 pm – 6pm online.
To book your place click here
Admission is £18 for members including VAT and £30 for non members
You can also book places at our extensive range of events through our events page
Its a new year, and a new registration year for all social workers, as well as being a time when most people start to think about planning a new career
Sound like you? if this sounds like you, then why not start your new year with Chinara Enterprises, and kickstart your personal and professional development .
From December 2021 CPD requirements for registered social workers have changed. All registered social workers have to record and reflect on at least 2 pieces of CPD per year, and reflect on at least one piece of CPD with a peer.
We are pleased to be hosting a series of seminars to support social workers to meet these requirements.
Start your CPD for 2022 with these informative seminars !
Reflecting on your CPD
A group peer reflective session for social workers to reflect on CPD, to enable you to meet the Social Work England CPD requirements.
From December 2021 it is now a requirement for social workers to reflect on CPD with a peer, for at least one piece of CPD.
This event is free to members, you will need to be logged into your account to access a free ticket and use your coupon code when you checkout in your basket.
Non members: If you are a non member the fee is £5.00 + VAT , and you can claim the £5 fee back off your first year of annual membership with Chinara Enterprises.
This seminar will be held on the following dates:
Time: 6pm-7.30 : Online
Effective working together to safeguard children and families
A reflective discussion and examination of some of the most recent criminal trials relating to child deaths.
Date: Monday 7th February 2022 6pm-7.30
Facilitator : James Blewett, Independent trainer and consultant: James is an experienced qualified and registered social worker who has great experience in CPD and practice mentoring. James has run London Making Research (MRC) King’s College London for over 10 years and is widely respected in the London social work workforce sector. He brings a wealth of experience in supporting individual social workers and offering them guidance about practice and professional conduct.
Fee: Members £15 + VAT total £18.00 :To access this rate you will need to be logged into your account and use the coupon code Chinara21 when you checkout in your basket
Non members £25 + VAT total £30.00
Visit the events page to book your tickets
Why not take out membership, and take that all important step in planning and developing yourself. As a member, you get access to a wealth of free resources and discounts on CPD events, as well as free members events and discount on 1-1 services, such as reflective supervision, coaching and mentoring.
We are really pleased to be able to offer flexible payment plans for those that would value spreading the costs of any courses or 1-1 sessions you would like.
Visit our homepage to find out more
I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the year already, where has the time gone !
It’s been a very strange year for many of us, as we continue to navigate health challenges, work challenges, personal challenges and so much more.
As we are entering into a season when we can take some well earned time off, rest and recharge our batteries, I would like to remember all of the people working in health and social care who will continue to be working throughout the holidays to keep the public safe and well.
The image I have used this year is of a candle. People light a candle for many different reasons:
- To remember a loved one
- As a symbol of peace
- To bring light to our desires or wishes
- and many more reasons.
For me the candle symbolises a period of reflection in my life, and a desire for peace and more balance in my life, I also use it to remember loved ones who I have lost over the years.
This past year and a half has taught me an important lesson in looking after oneself, physically and emotionally, if I cant look after myself then how can I help others who need to do the same.
I hope that all of you find some time to look after yourselves, to enjoy being with friends, family, or to be with yourself and enjoy being with yourself.
I would like to thank all of you for continuing to engage with us, and for the Chinara Enterprises team, partners, suppliers, customers, for all of your support this past year.
I look forward to working with you all again next year, for what promises to be another exciting year !
Chinara Enterprises team are taking a break until the new year
Keep yourselves safe and healthy this holiday, until we meet again !
Chinara Enterprises team
I hope you are keeping well !
If you are a registered social worker or a social worker looking to return to social work practice, we are pleased to be hosting a free event with Social Work England , which will take place online.
If you are a registered social worker, you are legally required to record and reflect on a least one piece of CPD for this year
We will also provide some guidance for those wishing to return to social work practice, and practical examples on how to meet the CPD requirements for registration renewal.
Remember you need to renew before the 30th November , don’t leave it until the last minute !
Its on 1st November 6pm-7.30 , to book click here
Just RSVP and you will receive the Zoom details before the event.
We look forward to seeing you on the 1st November.
Have a great weekend !