created by Incontrol-able published on 01 October 2020

Well it's good to be back; did we miss anything happen whilst we've been away!

What a strange couple of months we have all had! The ironic thing is that my New Year resolution was that I would give myself more ‘me time’; it's the first time I've actually managed to stick to it, but in hindsight after lockdown, I think I will go back to my usual ‘cutting back on the cakes’ next year!!

I posted this comment on Twitter in March and it looks like I might have to post it again as we head towards a potential second lockdown! https://tinyurl.com/y3httycd I trust my post makes my point..

On an optimistic note, there has been some positive changes because of the lockdown.  We have seen organisations from all sectors pulling together to support those who are isolated, putting together innovative services and projects, without the usual paperwork and red tape! There is hope yet!

It was great to see the community spirit from organisations such as Hartlepool Carers and Miles for Men, seeing Community Hubs develop as a focal point for services and watching neighbourhoods come together, whilst also clapping every Thursday for our amazing NHS!

It wouldn’t be our blog without a couple of links to articles and stories to get you thinking and talking, so here are just a few for you.

In this article by Alex Brooker, well-known from his TV show, The Last Leg, he talks openly about how people perceive him and his thoughts on this.  I never thought I would ever have anything in common with a TV personality, but some of the things he says definitely struck a chord with me - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/entertainment-arts-53179538

This article from Sophie is definitely something I can relate to – it’s about working from home https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53896117  My perception on working from home was initially to panic, then panic some more!  But slowly, you begin to realise that you’re still working on a PC, the phone still rings and your ‘to do’ list still never seems to go away.  It is sort of gratifying to know that a lot of other people are in the same boat!  Then there is Zoom – but let’s not go there!

From a different perspective on lockdown, here is the story of Rhys and the restrictions he feels are placed on his life as a result of not being able to access a Personal Health Budget - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53621823  After reading the article I’m sure you will agree it’s definitely a case of ‘England 1 Wales 0’!!

As you know we run Project 65, a Tablet Loan Service that helps reduce the impact of social isolation through the medium of digital technology.  We are delighted to have been able to continue to loan Tablets throughout this difficult time.  However, if you are not involved in our project, but would like to know to make video calls to keep in touch with family and friends, then this short video may help - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51968122

Finally, in the event of a second lockdown, here is some sound advice from Stephen Fry about managing anxiety.  It’s just as relevant now as it was earlier in March this year - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-51995797/coronavirus-stephen-fry-s-take-on-managing-anxiety

Joke of the Month:  I’ve just visited the birthplace of the founder of modern dentistry.  I was surprised there wasn’t some kind of plaque on the wall.

My wings are aching, the eagle has landed – see you next month.

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