As the summer moves on and the heat wave gives way to the British summertime, life at Daisy Chain continues to be busy. We had a great, if not slightly damp, time at the Cleveland Show in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park where we had an opportunity to give our new events trailer a run out.  We also took along some animals from our farm, including Daisy the Cow – Daisy is a life-size replica cow that can be ‘milked’!  It’s always good fun holding competitions to see who can produce the most ‘milk’ in one minute.

We’ve also been getting stuck in to our summer programme including clubs at the farm and family trips to Beamish and Whitby as well as lots of other activities. While all this is happening we’re getting ready for the new school term; preparing the training room at our Superstore on Portrack Lane for the new intake of employability students in September and installing three temporary classrooms at the farm to enable us to provide even more educational support to young people with autism.

We continue to engage with our supporters; the local businesses who support our work, our amazing fundraisers and our dedicated and talented volunteers, making sure everyone involved with Daisy Chain knows that they are contributing to making a real difference to families in Teesside. 

Finally, we’ve been doing lots of planning to help shape what Daisy Chain looks like in the future. We been conducting our annual family survey to gauge how we’re doing and we’ve been holding a series of workshops with Trustees, staff, volunteers and families to start to plan for the next three years. We’re also looking at better ways of measuring the positive impact we are having on the lives of families affected by autism.

So, busy as always, this charity CEO is ready for a break in the sun and will return refreshed and ready to lead Daisy Chain into it’s next chapter.