January — Star signs are good

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With all the fest­iv­ities over, January seemed to whizz by. But the month started extremely brightly when I was informed I had been confirmed as a winner of UnLtd’s Star People award. I was also delighted to hear that Sujata, who had attended an earlier Collage meetup was also a recipient! At the meetup we had both agreed that if either of us won an award we would support the other since, in accord­ance with the Collage motto, we believe we are ‘stronger together’.

Watch this space as over the coming weeks I explain how I am planning to use the award!

Last week started with the Monday meetup at Matthews Yard in Croydon, where it was pleasing to be given feedback that col­lab­or­a­tion between indi­viduals had already proved useful.

I am par­tic­u­larly grateful to Trevor Dance who has freely shared his time and database expertise with me in order to establish a database for Collage Network. Trevor had also helped one of the meetup group with down­loading some some free software which would help her with her account­ancy studies. In true col­lab­or­ative spirit, Trevor has also kindly offered to give ten free one-hour sessions on a first-come first-served basis.

These will involve training and chat, with no oblig­a­tion and no catches. Trevor is an exper­i­enced trainer who expertise lies in databases and, as such, he is inter­ested in sup­porting indi­viduals, small business and departments.

Trevor was able to help me organise my paperwork elec­tron­ic­ally and to minimise my ever-growing list of spread­sheets. Apparently this is called a database! Six months ago he also helped Collage Network improve our Powerpoint present­a­tion skills, so he is def­in­itely worth meeting at Matthews Yard over a coffee — and a free session could prove highly beneficial.

Trevor can help people with Microsoft Office applic­a­tions such as Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. If you think his skills and knowledge could be useful to your business or to you as an indi­vidual, Trevor is happy for you to drop him an email at mail@collage-network.co.uk

Statistic: One in five of the global pop­u­la­tion predicted to be over 60 by 2050, nearly double the one in nine today. (Source www.ec.europa.ei 7÷11÷12)

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