Well, the main theme of the week seems to have been “I didn’t really do much this week” before discussing a whole list of what we’ve each done. It turns out it’s easy to play down all the work we do and all the time we put into it – especially when we’ve been so busy all day that we get to the end of it and can’t remember any of what we did more than a couple of hours back!
This week became a reminder to me
BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEARS
Broken gear levers, broken crates, fear-conquering faith
Seven weeks ago today, a turbo training session went horribly wrong. Twenty minutes into the workout my right-hand gear lever snapped clear off, finally succumbing to damage sustained in a previous fall. Ordinarily this would have been annoying, frustrating, and in some ways quite funny.
Instead it was devastating. We were thick in
Supporting people through this odd time of lockdown has been a really interesting experience. We have had to look into different ways of offering support; through email, telephone calls, video calls and running support groups and counselling online. We have had to adapt and improve in what we offer, and as such we went right up to capacity in what our volunteers could offer.
The last couple of weeks have been ‘interesting’. I have been simultaneously developing our facilitation training, helping keep the ongoing support we offer running, organising support for new sign ups and setting up the exciting new online talks we are providing from next month!
Happy Pride! That’s what I should be saying to you this morning. Another week into Pride month and we are here in lockdown trying to find ways to stay positive, keep our spirits up and believe that there will be a future.
Great news everyone, on Friday Chrysalis officially got online with our first online support group. We had six attendees (and a few teething troubles) but all involved agreed it was worthwhile and worth pursuing. Members attending told us that “I missed the groups so much” and “thank you for doing this” and we all agreed that around five people for an hour seemed about right.
Those six attending were each given the space to talk about what had been going on for them, respond supportively to each other