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The pain is palpable & simply can't be ignored

This week has felt intense.  No matter your racial, political or other identity the events that the world is seeing and hearing right now are palpable and simply cannot be ignored.  Millions of black people and their allies are hurting. Many of my friends, colleagues, and society actually have been very affected by recent events and felt distressed, myself included.

Although I’m a white woman, I consider myself an ally for others.  I can however never truly know what it’s like to live the life of another.   I can’t walk in anyone else’s shoes and it’s never my intention to be offensive or clumsy with my words when I engage in conversations to try and understand.  

Being an ally takes many different forms - there’s no right or wrong.    An ally is someone interested in advocating for the rights of others.  Someone willing to support and improve the outcomes for others.  Someone who plays a role...

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Rhubarb & Me

Today marks the start of both Learning at Work Week and also Mental Health Awareness Week.   Whilst technically these ‘awareness’ weeks are not intended to be connected I believe that our current situation highlights just how interrelated they are.

The 2020 theme for National Learning Week is ‘Learning Journey’s.’ From a personal perspective I can honestly say that the learning journey that I’ve been on over the last few weeks has been and continues to be huge.  Home schooling has featured heavily in our household together with learning new technologies and digesting and make sense of the deluge of news.    These are just some elements of my learning journey over the past few weeks, in addition I’ve also reflected upon some of the skills that I have in my leadership toolkit and how these will help me and others during this time.

Earlier this year I was privileged to complete the training and become a Mental...

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International Day of Families 2020

Founded by the United Nations in 1994, The International Day of Families is observed on May 15 every year.   It’s a day to celebrate the importance of families in all corners of the world.   Families of course can mean different things to us all.   For most our thoughts may take us towards our immediate family.  However, it’s also those who we association with, or have a wider relationship with whom we also regard as ‘family’. This might be friends, colleagues, neighbours, communities, carers and not forgetting our pets.    This year more than ever as we are socially distanced from others, our ‘families’ are more important to us than ever.

We’ve seen acts of kindness as people have volunteered to help others outside of their immediate family.  Whether this be checking in on those shielding, getting in food and medical supplies.   Signing up to the NHS Volunteer scheme,...

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