Worried Sick

151. Flag (Stockport)

Q: “Got any worries?

A: “Yeah I’m concerned that Flag might cease to be and absorbed into a faceless money-saving organisation where I won’t matter and never speak to the same person twice….

Oh.

In 2015 Flag were devolved and swallowed up by Stockport TPA (Targeted Prevention Alliance) where despite the spin on the website, sees its work shared by other similarly crushed voluntary community sectors. Their website goes on to say:

“In line with the Adult Social Care Prevention Strategy, FLAG, along with many other voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations offering prevention services across a range of conditions, was decommissioned from June 2015. However, a new, more efficient and fit for purpose VCS offer has been developed and commissioned and in November the new services will be publicly launched. These services include the Targeted Prevention Alliance (TPA) and the Wellbeing and Independence Network. FLAG was a member organisation of the successful team bid for the TPA, operational from 1st July 2015.

Given FLAG is a member of the Targeted Prevention Alliance it therefore continues to exist; however, it is no longer operating in its former, stand-alone role. Providing information and advice to people with identified need is now a function of the wider TPA along with other approaches to preventing, reducing and delaying need and use of services. FLAG staff, along with staff from the five other providers within the TPA, will have a range of roles in common including offering advice and guidance to people referred into the TPA.

For the time being the FLAG office on Chestergate remains open and is an access point for the TPA  yada-yada-yada-yada-blah-blah-blah…”

From experience, if a solely dedicated organisation is decommissioned to form a part of a melange of other voluntary organisations, the outcome for the client is a tortuous disjointed third rate service. All this sombre blurb kind of makes studying Flag’s Cambridge all the more upsetting. Doubtless a once effective function swallowed up into an acronym red-tape strangled organisation.

Anyway, I’m off now to find some more uplifting and stress free earthenware I can stick on the blog.

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I Get The Sweetest Feeling

117. Sanam Sweethouse

Gasps of wonderment were heard around Mugspotters HQ when this quite exquisite Charity Shop salvaged Deco was unveiled. Without being ‘Mug-ist’, it’s a very “feminine” specimen and drew such deep and insightful comments as “This is my favorite Mug cos it’s got hearts on it…”  Indeed.
However even the most hard-hearted Spotter would fail to be wooed by its flirtatious curves, lines and bold use of the heart motif. I am more enthralled by the cool logo as it beckons you with it’s “Come and eat me” Eastern undertones.
(Hmmm..please wait as I mop the saliva out of my keyboard..)

Sanam Sweethouse have a couple of outlets in both Stockport & Rusholme and its website boasts of a forthcoming shop in Cheetham Hill. The aforementioned site also explains:

Haji Abdul Ghafoor Akhtar started his scrumptious journey of flavors in 1963 by founding one of the first restaurants that beautifully blended the authentic and colorful taste of the East with the West. Initially called Multan and then Shezan to reflect his Eastern heritage, Haji Sahib settled with the name ‘Sanam’ – literally meaning ‘the loved one’, a name which reflected his true passion and love for what he did best.
His legacy is now being carried forward for more than 50 years, Sanam Sweethouse and Restaurant today is a symbol of authentic essence of Eastern taste and a benchmark of excellence for quality. Manchester’s finest, we are dedicated and committed to creating the very best in Pakistani cuisine and traditional sweets. Haji Sahib is proud.

Cheetham Hill would probably be closest to Mugspotters HQ and so will look to try them out once it’s unleashed on the public. Those who can’t wait are best advised to get down to Stockport or Rusholme to slate your sweet lust pronto.

Sweets for My Sweet, Sugar for My Honey..

Sweets for My Sweet, Sugar for My Honey..