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Glossop self-help charity say farewell to future securing employee
Thursday 12th April 2018 @ 14:50 by Nigel Skinner
Glossop Glossop Chronicle

Glossop self-help charity has said a farewell to a chief officer who played a major part in securing its future. Julie Farley is leaving The Bureau after two and a half years and staff and volunteers say she will be missed.

Julie’s leadership has seen it through a number of significant achievements and developments. One of the biggest was battling for the organisation’s very existence when threatened with funding cuts. Others have included setting up new services and overseeing the name change from Volunteer Centre Glossop to ‘The Bureau’ with a new look to match the new name.

When asked about her proudest achievements, Julie felt it had been ensuring the continued provision of services to people who are socially isolated in Glossopdale and the creation of highly regarded social prescribing self-care service called Community Navigation.

She said: “I am honoured to have worked with the amazing and talented staff and volunteers at The Bureau and with people and groups across the community.

“I have never been part of a more dedicated and committed team. I am thankful for their support over the last few years.”

She stressed: “It is thanks to the hard work of all the staff and volunteers that The Bureau has secured funding from Tameside and Glossop Care Together to enable the organisation to grow and thrive.

“The Bureau has used this funding to provide local services as well as pass on over  £35,000 in grants to support 10 other local projects and groups working to support people across Glossopdale, including the WRVS, Glossopdale Visually Impaired Group, BeWell, Glossop Arts Project, Whitfield’s Community Café Breeze to name a few.”

Sophie Glinka, who has been job-sharing the role for the last six months, will now become full-time chief officer.

Sophie said: “I am proud to build on the amazing work Julie has done to place The Bureau’s work at the heart of the community. I look forward to taking the organisation through the next chapter as we move to premises in Henry Street.”