Sunday: I wrap up warm to brave the sideline of the frozen football pitch where my son is determined to take his local team to championship victory. I try to focus on the match, making a conscious effort to stop my mind wandering to my feet - which are numb with cold - and the busy week I have ahead of me.
The weekend finishes on a family note: my niece is visiting from Australia, so we enjoy a long and relaxed Sunday lunch. With today's arctic conditions, I can't help feeling slightly wistful as I listen to her tales of beachside barbecues.
Monday: I meet the executive team to discuss ways to increase the number of companies PM Training works with to provide apprenticeship opportunities.
I find it difficult not to have a personal interest in the professional welfare of the many teenagers affected by the economic climate. Today I am particularly moved by the case of a 17-year-old girl who left school determined to become a painter and decorator. She struggled to find work in a very male environment and eventually signed up with us as a construction apprentice. But I'm told at this meeting that she has been made redundant. I'm now on a personal mission to ensure she finds work.
Wednesday: Our Homeworks programme, which provides home improvement services to more than 4,000 elderly and vulnerable people, has secured contracts with another two partner organisations. This will help us to deliver a major improvement programme in north Staffordshire.
Thursday: When PM Training and the Aspire Housing Group joined forces last year to form a social enterprise, we also created a charitable arm for the new organisation. It will be called Aspire Regeneration and we expect it to start operating by the end of the year. It will secure funding for projects, activities and schemes that support the regeneration of north Staffordshire. I meet with Sinead Butters, chief executive of Aspire Housing, to discuss the creation of an awards panel to monitor the allocation of grants.
Friday: We are talking with Mo Chaudry, who featured in Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire, about becoming an ambassador. The self-made millionaire has inspired our young people with his life-changing tales of creating a business empire. We are keen to get him involved on a more permanent basis.
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