Greyhound Gap's Autumn Fun Dog Show - 30th September 2018
Gap will be holding it's annual Autumn Show, a fun, all breed dog show, on Sunday 30th September 2018 at Walsall Arboretum Annexe, WS1 2QB. The show opens at 11am and runs until approximately 4.30pm and entry to the ground is free.
There are 12 fun dog show classes starting at 12pm. Entry to the classes is £1 per dog per class, to be paid on the day.
We hope you'll be able to join us!
Exciting Grant Funding News!
We have a MASSIVE MASSIVE thank you to say to the below 2 grant making organisations
As you know in December last year we were lucky enough to purchase the kennels premises instead of remaining here on a rental basis! That literally secured Greyhound Gaps future as a rescue for however long it was needed. Typically once we had secured purchase and used reserves to fund the deposit our much loved rescue van Bessie started to show how upset, ill and tired she was after years of loyal service and saving hundreds if not thousands of lives.
We are over the moon to say that both the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust have awarded us a grant of £10,000 each. That means that we now have £20,000 to source a suitable relatively new van with low mileage and hopefully years of service in her and to get her fully professionally kitted out and ready for action.
Grant making trusts like this are IMPERATIVE to little charities such as ourselves when expensive capital purchases are necessary and we honestly can not thank them enough. Just from the bottom of all our hearts and the dogs the van will go onto saves hearts thank you!
Now Lisa, our founder, has to deal with the emotional trauma of Bessie being retired - she is has great affection for Bessie who has helped countless dogs to safety and new lives.
Association of Dogs and Cats Homes
We are very pleased and proud to confirm our acceptance as members here at Greyhound Gap of the ADCH (Association of Dogs and Cats Homes).
The ADCH promotes best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats. As an organisation we appreciate the importance of best practice and welcome membership as the ADCH has a code of conduct to work towards that we are happy to continue striving towards continuance of. It also allows us greater networking opportunities with fellow welfare organisations to continue our information sharing, learning and growth. Huge thanks also to our volunteer assessors Laura and David for visiting and putting us through our paces.
At the end of 2017 Petplan and The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes begin nominations for their annual Animal Charity Awards. The awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate the exceptional work of animal charities and non-profit organisations across the UK, the awards offer recognition for dedication, perseverance and commitment of teams, employees and volunteers.
Today we received a very exciting phone call to tell us that Greyhound Gap are finalists in the Animal Charity Team of the Year award!
We need to say a huge huge thank you to all our followers and supporters who took the time to nominate Greyhound Gap in the awards, we are so so proud of our fabulous, dedicated, amazing team - well done guys!
The award ceremony will be held on 25th April in Birmingham. All that remains is to work out which frocks looks best with wellies!!
Introducing Kay; our new Treasurer
Since purchasing the property we have so many more financial compliances to make here at Greyhound Gap! Not only do we have to continue to satisfy the Charities Commission that we are compliant, deal with HMRC, keep on top of VAT returns, produce our accounts to upload publically to the Charities Commission so everyone in the world can see where the money goes BUT we also have to satisfy the bank that we are viable for the loan, and continue to be! Its a pretty mammoth task - not to mention the many day to day accounting processes, payments and receipts. We decided we needed an adulter adult *grin*
Last year Kay Cusworth joined us as a Trustee and 'Treasurer 2' to support Sam Burns. Kay has worked all her life in finance and been the main accountant for lots of big companies; it has been decided that she is best placed moving forward to oversea the actual main financial controls of the charity. To that end Kay has now taken on the role of Treasurer of Greyhound Gap. Everything else will stay the same including email addresses and where donations etc are processed but we just wanted to make you all aware that if you had any specific financial questions then she is the person you need to contact.
We can not thank Kay enough! Kay is organised, efficient and a bit of a fire breathing dragon at times *another big grin* so everyone can rest assured that's she has got this and us!! Huge thanks to Sam for acting as Treasurer the last 18 months and helping Kay get us all organised with new procedures.
Kay lives in Yorkshire and has 2 Gap dogs Wren and Nico. She probably now wishes she had gone elsewhere for a dog - ha ha ha!
The BEST Christmas Present EVER
Well Merry Christmas to us all!!! We have only gone and bloody done it!
Greyhound Gap are now, in time for Christmas, the VERY PROUD OWNERS OF GRINDLESTONE KENNELS!
It is now officially the home of Greyhound Gap forever. Our dogs are safe for life and guaranteed a future and that will hopefully if needed be for generations to come.
It is hard to believe that a little charity that started behind a computer just 14 years ago has come so far and that is down to EVERYONE and I mean literally EVERYONE who has gotten behind us in any way shape or form over the last 14 years, believing in us and our work. Those donating, volunteering, fundraising and even just as simple as sharing.
You are all absolutely AMAZEBALLS!
We have only gone and bloody well done it. 8 months of stress and behind the scenes work and we can now relax just in time for Christmas.
We need to say a huge thank you to our landlord Kevin Carty for allowing us the opportunity to rent with right to buy, Simon Thorrington and Claire Garbett and all the team at Charities Bank who helped us secure our mortgage and to Stephen Percy our wonderful solicitor who has had to put up with more than his share of hassle and agro off us all especially the last 2 weeks whilst we hounded him relentlessly. You are all wonderful and very much appreciated.
So there is nothing else more to say than THANK YOU & MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE WHOLE TEAM.
Are you passionate about the welfare of dogs and interested in being involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of greyhounds and lurchers? We are at an exciting point in the development of the charity and need an enthusiastic person to take the lead on the governance and administrative side of the charity.
We currently have 7 Trustees with varying areas of expertise but we need to strengthen the team so that we can take the next step in the development of our ambitious plans.
The main purpose of this role is to ensure that the charity meets all the legal requirements and governance issues as defined by the Charities Act and Charity Commission.
The duties will include dealing with the Trustee Board meetings, agendas, papers, minutes, correspondence and anything associated with these requirements including all legal requirements.
We are looking for someone with experience of this type of role preferably within the charity/not for profit sector although this is not essential. However, we will expect to see the ability to transfer skills to this sector.
There is no specific time commitment expected but the person will be required to attend four Board meetings a year that will be held in Stoke on Trent. This is a day meeting usually from 10 am to 4 pm.
Applicants will be expected to submit a curriculum vitae for consideration. However, interested people are requested to contact one of our Trustees, Rose Marie Edwards on 01256 771819, in the first instance for a preliminary discussion about the charity, the role and the expected level of involvement and time commitment.
We are all passionate about the charity, have a fantastic volunteer base and we are offering an exciting opportunity so look forward to speaking to you if you are interested in our future plans.
If this role is not for you but you have another area of expertise that you would like to use for the future of Gap please call Rose Marie to discuss.