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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Clever people, simple technology

Clever people, simple technology

22 January 2016

How many technicians does it take to change a light bulb? Well, all joking aside it takes none because a light bulb is a very simple thing to replace and almost all of us can do it without needing guidance or instruction. Most people understand if the light isn’t working it's going to be the bulb or the electricity supply. We never ask ourselves how the light gets power from the power station as we don’t a) want to know, or b) need to know in order to make it work. This mind-set with technology can be found in vast areas across our day-to-day life. Planes, trains and automobiles. Getting money from a cash machine or inserting a card to pay for stuff. We don’t understand how, we just know it does.

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Team Shop in full swing

Team Shop in full swing

15 January 2016

Brandon Trust shop #2 is finally open and it's fabulous (even if I do say so myself). It's a joy and a relief to finally open the doors and have the public respond so positively with their kind words and perhaps more importantly, their fantastic donations and purchases. 

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I freed my potential!

I freed my potential!

8 January 2016

I signed up for coaching when I felt I’d lost my sense of direction and that I wasn’t in control of important aspects of my life. Coaching sessions gave me a safe space to say what was in my head, out loud! It made a huge difference to the way I viewed different aspects of my life, both work and personal.

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