It has been a few months since I have written a blog piece and to be honest the summer has been a blur. It is good to be back in my role fully now though as I have been helping out the Learning and Development Department doing training two days a week for the last three months.
I am over the moon that we are starting to see the return of some face-to-face activities. Our walking group, which has recently been established, is not only a great way to keep active but it was absolutely lovely to see people we support reconnecting with each other. Especially Lorna (who we support at Great Northern Road) and Philip (who we support at Donald Dewar Court), these two just chattering away and making each other laugh is 100% the best thing I've seen in a long time. It definitely brought back fond memories of Philip and my daughter running up and down playing games in the Head Office corridor at the Critter Keeper visit a few years ago. My hope is that if we keep going in a positive direction that we can start to see more and more of the added value activities that Inspire were well known for returning when it is safe for them to do so in the not too distant future.
I was recently approached by Behaviour Support Strategies Scotland (BSS) and asked to create a video documenting Inspire, my role and how we have adapted our activities' programme over the course of the pandemic. It was a very valuable experience I found as it gave me a chance to reflect on what has worked and what hasn't over the past year and a half, as well as talk about a few of the success stories that have stood out for me. It also reminded me of how important a structured routine can be for a lot of people we support and that as an organisation we have adapted phenomenally when all of our well-established routines were yanked out from under us last March. This video will be used nationally by BSS at their training days and we will be sharing it in due course on our website too.
I would like to finish by sharing something that I am sure I will live to regret! Obviously while doing Zoom activities, friendships are being developed and we are all getting to know each other better across the organisation but there is one gentleman that I would say confidently likes to have banter with me more than anyone else, John (who we support in Milton Wynd). We only have a two year age gap and definitely have a similar sense of humour and this is where the trouble lies!
While egging each other on at a recent Zoom session we have undertaken a bet, which will see us play a game of darts and the loser has to wear a dress to the next Sparkles Ball we have in person! Now I can't remember the last time I played darts and John is a fantastic player so I might live to regret this but the whole reason I am sharing this is because I thoroughly enjoy the fact that I have been able to build a relationship where we can have a laugh, a bit of competition and get a chance to chat most days. These are things that I don't think would have been possible without the online platform that we have all adapted to using.
Hope everyone is staying positive and look forward to seeing you at our activity sessions over the coming weeks.