It caught me by surprise

It caught me by surprise

4 March 2016

I was recently talking to someone about my career in social care. It wasn’t a planned conversation by any means, we just happened to be in the same place at the same time and got chatting. I explained to her that I never planned to work in this sector, that catering and photography had been my deliberate work pursuits when I was younger. In fact, I was a baker and confectioner for a number of years. How things change!

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What is normal?

What is normal?

26 February 2016

Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. (Of a person) free from physical or mental disorder (Oxford English Dictionary).These definitions are great but they don’t really cut it for me. My 'normal' is no doubt very different to yours. Is my 'normal' routine the same as yours? I doubt it. What is 'standard' these days? I live in London, an incredibly vibrant and diverse city, everything goes on here, like most capital cities on this planet.

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A view from the other side

A view from the other side

19 February 2016

Life can trundle along quite nicely can't it. We make plans for the future, who we’re going to see, what we’re going to do, where we’re going to holiday next, and so on. Then out of the blue, all that changes. For some people those changes are permanent.

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Out in all weathers

Out in all weathers

12 February 2016

It’s still dark at this time of year when we meet our early morning trainees. Not the most appealing time of the year to be waiting for buses either, especially when it's cold, windy and wet!

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It's all about the volunteers

It's all about the volunteers

5 February 2016

So what’s with all this volunteering going on around us at the moment? I bet if you don’t do it yourself you know someone who does, be it an hour every so often or more. Many charities find volunteer support invaluable, I know Brandon Trust certainly does. For us, we get to see the priceless reactions of the people we support, the direct beneficiaries, whether it’s the slightest smile of someone with multiple disabilities seeing their bedroom transformed in a DIY SOS style makeover, or someone being able to do that activity again, the one which had to stop when their funding was cut – and we know only too well the impact of government cuts in our sector!

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