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A blue Martin Luther King Jr badge hangs in the corner of the image. Beneath is an illustration of three hikers passing through a cold mountain range, they have a cat with them. At the bottom the title reads "CEO's blog. What makes you feel good?"
January 18, 2021
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Morning! A nice quiet news day, nothing special to report and so I thought I’d check in with my feelings today. According to my friends, who are endlessly inventive and also good at getting their stuff together on a Monday morning today is Blue Monday. They are all dressing fabulously today to break those blues and shine a little light and happiness into our online world. I wish I’d remembered this before I threw on today’s working from home clothes but instead I have the wonderful anticipation of lunch break and a bit of light surfing to see how they are all doing.

Instead I’m going to take a moment to think about all those things that get me through the day, take a moment to cherish what is special. Three words come to my mind as I sit here and think, the first is “hope”, second “kittens, and the third “health” and so I shall take them in turn to give my morning a bit of focus and to lead me into the day.

Hope

Did you know that today is Martin Luther King Jr day, I can’t think of a better time to reflect on his message of hope, of racial equality and civil rights, than today when our world is still turning so very rapidly and we are living in these interesting times. Listening to his speech I am reflecting that historical change is not only those instants of drama but the desire of everyone involved to carry on working quietly to make things better when the spotlight of the moment has past. This is when you need to keep hope strong, to never give up. In this nighttime of lockdown and isolation we each hold hope for those close to us, on those days when getting up is impossible it’s OK, know that I will hold your hope safe for you, ready for you to pick it up when you are ready. Leading Chrysalis is to develop that culture of hope and of holding, we are definitely there to celebrate each mountain you climb, but we will also be there when the slog seems endless.

Kittens

Well of course kittens, it is so lovely to have the opportunity to give these wonderful fuzzy crazy little personalities a forever home. Being a crazy cat person I have had a reasonable number of cats and kittens over the years and yet I find myself surprised and delighted at every turn with these new bundles of chaos, they are so very different from all the other cats I have known, refining their own personalities as they grow. Like all proud cat parents we wonder about their future, will they be hunters, will they get on with the other cats in the neighbourhood, will Helena ever get over the fit of pique of an elder sister whose space has been invaded? I don’t know how their world will turn out but I’m going to do my best to make it as good as possible for them.

Health

I did it! I actually ran for 10k on Saturday, I really can’t quite believe it. This lockdown has brought many small blessings along with its host of challenges and despite hating running I seem to somehow have caught one of those health bugs. I remain unconvinced about the whole subject, I’m not claiming to be reaching the giddy heights of endorphin rushes and fast times but I will confess to a slightly increased sense of wellbeing.

The week that will be

And now to look forward, looking inside is OK but if I don’t look outward I’m likely to get a crick in my neck. What’s on this week? It’s time to start spring cleaning, to get out those dusty old policies and procedures and review them, have a check that we are all tight with our data protection and make sure our counsellors have all the information they need to make lasting, safe, confidential relationships with their clients. Did you know that Chrysalis has one of the highest concentrations of knowledge and understanding of working with trans, non-binary and questioning clients of any organisation in the UK? With our 13 counsellors, and two supervisors delivering over 90 counselling sessions a month I am prouder than you can imagine to be leading such an excellent team.

Graph showing the counselling sessions delivered at Chrysalis since April, numbers increase from ~40 to ~90 a month. Active counsellors rises slightly and then remains steady at 13, clients allocated starts high in April as this is when records began drops down in Jul and then maintains a level of around 4/month, clients ended shows a peak of 10 in July and then drops to a steady 1-2 a month
Chrysalis Counselling – some stats for your delectation

Graph showing the counselling sessions delivered at Chrysalis since April, numbers increase from ~40 to ~90 a month. Active counsellors rises slightly and then remains steady at 13, clients allocated starts high in April as this is when records began drops down in Jul and then maintains a level of around 4/month, clients ended shows a peak of 10 in July and then drops to a steady 1-2 a month

Speaking of counsellors we are recruiting and this week we have more interviews for counselling placements. Over the last few years it has been my pleasure to build our team into one our reputation proceeds us, a placement where ethical best practice is the name of the game and each of our counsellors is a proud ambassador.

Thinking about best practice leads me to my final thought, and task, for this week and that is training, and developing our training, with Chrysalis’ aim to eliminate social exclusion through education, breaking down barriers through facilitating understanding, I am looking forward to putting the finishing touches on our standard and bespoke training packages this week.

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