The past year has been a very busy and positive one for NewLink

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					AGM Report – NewLink Boston 2008
As we know, NewLink Boston moved to new premises at Bosscat, the base for Boston
Learning Disability Services, Lincolnshire County Council’s learning disability arm, in
December 2006. We have enjoyed a very successful year at these premises and are most
grateful to Lincolnshire County Council for accommodating us. We work in very close
partnership with them and currently 6 of their members attend IT workshops with us.

Thanks to the perseverance of Cilla Lamerton and Tracey Francis, we have been very
fortunate in securing funding for a two year project (Building NewLinks), from the
Lincolnshire County Council and ESF in partnership. This involves the delivery of pre-job
skills such as confidence building, literacy, numeracy and elementary job seeking skills
targeted at vulnerable adults, with a view to their personal development and progress
towards employment – paid and/or voluntary. The programme has taken off very
successfully and we have just filed our first quarterly report and met all of our targets.
We registered a domain name and designed a website especially for the project. This
project has helped raise NewLink’s profile in the education and training sector locally.

2008 has seen many successful partnerships for Boston NewLink. We have become partner
members at The Boston Learning Community. We have registered ourselves with a national
website offering volunteering opportunities. is run by South Lincs Community
Volunteering Service, and has referred 10 volunteers to us. Following interviews 4 took up
positions, and 2 are scheduled to start in February 2009. The volunteers offer us various
skills ranging from classroom assistance to admin support. One of these volunteers, Robert
Strickland has helped to set up a very impressive website for our new project – please visit
us on

Like some of the other centres, and Tracey Francis’ efforts, equipment at Boston was
replaced with high spec and smart new computers and a colour laser printer. This has
proven very helpful and we are now able to compete with other providers and attract a
significant number of the retired/elderly clientele. We are very grateful to UkOnline (and
Tracey) for making this possible.

With the retirement of Ann Morgan in January 2008, NewLink Boston held two sessions of
ICT training each week. UK online activities were spread across the week. September
2008, as a result of various liaisons, saw the number of classes to three per week. January
2009 has started with four per week. All four sessions work as mixed workshops where
learners pursue various learning objectives involving CLAiT and NOCN modules and/or ICT
embedded Skills for Life. We have temporarily suspended ESOL classes.

Ableprint workshop activities and all administrative activities continue across the week.
Promotion of desktop publishing facilities is ongoing and previous clients are slowly
becoming aware and some have returned. Further advertising and drawing in new clients and
learners is scheduled for Feb-Mar 2009.

Current members of staff include
Noveen Shaikh – Tutor /Workshop Manager
Eileen Gleadell – Associate tutor; Donna Moody – Associate tutor/Workshop Associate
Robert Strickland, Linda Bunn, Anne Plummer, Anuja Jadhav, Steve Roberts - Volunteers
Discussions surrounding the appointment of a new member of staff are ongoing
                                                                Noveen Shaikh Jan 2009

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