Kindness matters

This guest blog is by Peter Dray My friend Krish and his wife Miriam are foster parents. Krish tells of how, one day, the phone rang, requesting a placement. “Do you have space for a three-year-old?” they were asked. “Parents have gone AWOL. We don’t know much about him, but apparently he’s a biter. AreContinue reading “Kindness matters”

Can we enjoy ourselves in a Pandemic?

I’m at home on a warm spring day. I’m sitting in a deck chair on my new fake turf. The paddling pool is set up and the BBQ coals are on. But I’m struggling to enjoy myself. I know I’m not alone in this, many of my friends are asking similar questions. How we canContinue reading “Can we enjoy ourselves in a Pandemic?”

Decluttering in lockdown? When I’ve lost so much already?

This guest blog is from Gwen Montgomery Early in the days of Covid19 lockdown, like others, I had a lot of concerns, particularly as we are away from home on a sabbatical in Vancouver.  The worst times for me were those days when things were changing fast, every three hours it seemed, as decisions toContinue reading “Decluttering in lockdown? When I’ve lost so much already?”

Hope in loneliness

Our guest blog is from Rosamund O’Donnell I was lonely. I just didn’t realise it. I was used to moving around. This time, I moved to a completely new city for work. It was a great job, therefore I didn’t mind the unsociable hours. I honestly couldn’t work out what was wrong. The waves ofContinue reading “Hope in loneliness”

Finding Freedom: Domestic violence

This blog post has been written by a guest contributor who has elected to remain anonymous. Trigger Warning: Alcoholism and domestic abuse To all the men, woman and children in domestic abuse settings during lockdown searching for hope. Dad* was drinking again. As per normal, he went to my sister’s room to verbally berate her.Continue reading “Finding Freedom: Domestic violence”

Searching for true home in COVID19

Guest blog from Andrea Dalton Home. It’s one of those loaded words isn’t it. As soon as we hear it our thoughts flood: memories and mealtimes, Christmas and birthdays, growing up and growing old. Moments we love to remember, moments we desperately fight to forget. Whatever home conjures up inside of us, it’s probably takenContinue reading “Searching for true home in COVID19”

Finding beauty in the COVID-19 chaos

Our guest blog comes from Sophie Tresidder Where are you seeing glimmers of beauty in lockdown?  For me, it’s been in the daily walks, seeing the blossom trees and the golden hour light. The total joy of being able to have meals al fresco. I’ve found myself longing for the next opportunity to get outsideContinue reading “Finding beauty in the COVID-19 chaos”

Made for More : Connection in a COVID World

This guest blog comes from my friend Helen Taylor I’m quite picky when it comes to Instagram… I have pretty high standards about who I follow because I just get bored of the trash that fills up my feed and stories roll. But one person who made it into the exclusive club of ‘people HelenContinue reading “Made for More : Connection in a COVID World”

Easter in light of lives cut short

We as a nation are grieving and mourning for what has happened in our world and to those we love. The Guardian reported yesterday on a special report of the lives that have been cut short. It was harrowing to read about Aimee O’Rourke a 38 year old, with three girls. It could have beenContinue reading “Easter in light of lives cut short”

What about when I’m weak?

Our guest blog post today comes from Susie Ford. Hello!  I’m Susie, nice to meet you.  I live in Scotland, near Dundee which is a small city on the East coast, and I spend almost all of my time with people.  So, life at the moment is very different…  We are living through strange times,Continue reading “What about when I’m weak?”