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I Want to Work!

Dear Visitor

After some time away from the workplace I am ready to return to full-time work and would like to be considered for administration and reception positions, having volunteered in those roles for over two years.

Possessing a good standard of spoken English and Mathematics, I have over two-and-three-quarter year’s part-time experience in administration, reception and retail roles, backed up by three Level 2 business skills qualifications and a C&G Unit Warehouse in Sage 50 Accounting, plus a Master of Science degree in an Engineering discipline.

I am seeking a return to full-time work after a career break and believe that the afore-mentioned qualities, along with the award of Volunteer of the Year in respect of my administration and reception activities, highlights my suitability for this kind of work.

In one of those positions, I serve on the reception desk and telephone as first point of contact, as well as deputising for the facility administrator and training new reception volunteers. Other aspects of the role include the use of Microsoft Word for creating procedure manuals, publicity materials and assessment forms and the use of Microsoft Excel, primarily for small-scale data entry and for producing weekly reports for management and schedules for clients. My duties have also included further data entry tasks and the production of yearly KPI reports. Prior to that, I had several years’ experience using Excel for data cleansing and preparation for input to direct mail and statement production systems.

In another role, I created and continue to maintain the website and event calendar for the organisation, as well as converting the document library for publishing on-line.

My previous full-time work experience is mostly in direct mail and statement production; I took opportunities to improve processes when appropriate to the role; in one case, I created a solution for a recurring issue which when approved replaced manual intervention and saved approximately four minutes per job.

I hope the information provided is of sufficient interest for you to contact me regarding any suitable positions and look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Yours sincerely

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Martin Howe

My resume is available as Microsoft® Word  or  Adobe® PDF

(By: Martin Howe)

A grand opening for Asperger East Anglia

Here are the Official Press Release and Invitation

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Opening of Asperger East Anglia premises in Market Street, Beccles incorporating a Shop and training facilities

Asperger East Anglia is very excited to announce that their new Employment and Training Project will open at 10am on Friday 11th July in Market Street, Beccles.

Asperger East Anglia is a registered charity founded 17 years ago. We provide services across Suffolk and Norfolk. The charity aims to help improve confidence, independence and employability of people affected by Asperger syndrome.

The project is located on Market Street in the centre of Beccles. From here our service users will refurbish computers, repair and test electrical items, restore furniture and use wood and other crafts to make items to sell in our shop.

The shop will be a vantage point for the public to see what people with Asperger syndrome are capable of achieving. It will be a place to display items which have been created or fixed by our service users in the workshop training facility as well as high quality items that have been donated to us.

We encourage service users to gain a sense of ownership by directly helping to sustain and develop the project. By producing goods that can be sold and raise income to sustain the project they are able to identify that working as part of a team can generate positive outcomes.

Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autistic spectrum condition which is characterised by difficulties with social communication, interaction and a lack of emotional empathy. From extensive written and verbal consultation with those that we work with we have found that there are significant barriers for young people with AS when leaving school and moving onto further education or employment. We have developed this project to focus on employment related skills.

Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK. That’s more than 1 in 100. If you also include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day (The National Autistic Society).

You can help us by:

* Donating quality items we can sell in our shop (collection of large items available)

* Letting us know about people who may benefit from our supported work experience opportunity

* Volunteering to help in our shop or workshops

* Coming to visit us and buying something in our shop!

Please contact us: 01502 715500

Changes at Waveney/GY adult Asperger group

Hello everybody

Are you over 18 and have Asperger’s Syndrome? Do you live in Waveney or Great Yarmouth? Would you like to meet more people like yourself? Then Asperger East Anglia has a social group just for you!

The adults’ group meets in Beccles on the last Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm at Asperger East Anglia (Beccles), 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ; it is £3 per session and refreshments are included in the cost.

Please note that Wednesday 25th June is the first time the group will be run from Beccles; Thecla, Laura and myself will be at Beccles Railway Station at 6.45pm to meet people coming from outside Beccles to help out people who don’t know the town.

Please contact Asperger East Anglia on 01603 620500 for more information, email info@asperger.org.uk, or visit the Asperger Beccles Facebook page.

( By: Martin Howe )

Selling the Leftovers

I am having a clear-out and there are various items for sale. They are all listed with further details and more images on Preloved.co.uk, so please take a look!

0/5: LG Digital DVD Recorder with Freeview & 1080p HD – £30ovno
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1/5: The Times, 28 November 1990 – Offers?
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2/5: Men’s Suit (Large) by Digel – £50
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3/5: 23″ LCD TV/DVD/Freeview Combi - SOLD!

4/5: Sherlock Holmes Complete Collection DVD Box Set – £5
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5/5: Large collection of 2000AD, Megs., Annuals, Specials & Items – Offers?
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Please note that the 2000AD-related items are the same ones that are advertised directly here on this website.

(By: Martin Howe)

Shark finning: why is it not illegal everywhere?

A new friend introduced me to this issue.

I had heard of shark finning, but had always assumed it was the entire fish being used for various purposes, with the fins just being one part. Partly because it never occurred to me that anything as cruel as this was actually legal anywhere.

Shark finning is banned in the UK and EU (or ships registered therein) but enforcement is not comprehensive and many countries don’t ban it at all.

Just read this article at the Shark Trust. The practice is not only immoral because it is cruel, it is also immoral because it is wasteful: catching an animal and throwing most of it back isn’t good use of fish stocks.

I am by no means a radical campaigner and have always been wary of anybody that seeks, or seems to seek, to threaten the authority of the authorities, but it seems not all authorities are actually bothering to impose their authority on those who carry out this practice.