My week: Geraldine Peacock takes a leap of faith

Geraldine Peacock marvels at Philanthropy UK's achievements and celebrates the progress of women in the voluntary sector.

Sunday: I touch down at Heathrow in the late evening, having visited a project about Parkinson's Disease in Tel Aviv. It's all that we don't have in this country - a holistic approach. Housed in a tiny building on the edge of the desert, and run on a shoestring, it struggles to resource itself, but the vision remains clear: a one-stop shop for all the information and care you need. In the UK, where much more money is spent, we don't have any central resource that provides this approach for Parkinson's, or for other long-term chronic conditions. It's not what you do, but how you do it.

Monday: Being interviewed on the relevance of future plans for Charity Bank sets me in good stead for planning the launch of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets' proposals. I was the first chair of Futurebuilders and worked closely with Charity Bank, so the draft document gives me real hope that the bold initiative can pull together the fragmented funding infrastructure of the sector. Its proposals enhance what already exists and do not impose irrelevant new bureaucracies.

Tuesday: A great evening seeing old friends at the launch of the new branding - 'inspirational giving' - for Philanthropy UK and its celebration of a successful first year. It's astonishing what such a small organisation has achieved on limited resources.

Wednesday: I spend the day sorting 20 years of paraphernalia after collecting my possessions from storage. Discarding at least half of it makes me realise that many of us in the sector are often tempted to preserve the familiar, rather than take a leap of faith - constraint rather than aspiration.

Thursday: International Women's Day. Sitting beside the nodding head replicas of US icon Rosie the Riveter - a quirky Christmas present from my son in the US - I think about her 'can do' slogan. We've made great progress in the voluntary sector: nine years ago, as chief executive of Guide Dogs, I was the only woman at network dinners for chief executives of the top 20 charities by assets; now there are nine women.

This evening I am honoured to be a judge at the first Dods Woman of the Year Awards. It is so hard to choose between the nominees because the quality is overwhelming. Gus Macdonald makes an excellent honorary woman for the evening - not many cabinet secretaries could have achieved this.

Friday: Back to reality: more sorting at the storage depot, which is where I'm off to now.

Geraldine Peacock serves on several trustee boards and is an adviser to the Commission on Unclaimed Assets.

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