well i know i said i was going to stay in the respite centre and go to the day centre and do the activities provided, but then i changed my mind and went to the basement club instead. and i am so glad i did! i managed to talk to emily who is a staff member and we talked about me coming back to do some voluntary admin work. and i am starting back next week! i will just do 2 hours a week to start with. on tuesdays. i am beyond excited. i love volunteering with them. she said i’d be answering the phones and door, doing the monthly newsletter, typing things out for staff etc. i used to do the sign in sheets filling them in but for now i wont be doing that. that suits me though. i’m just glad to be volunteering again. emily said we’d have supervision mid august. one of the other staff colette gave me a written reference to take to my other volunteer position which is with cork city partnership doing admin work as well. the reference was glowing I felt so appreciated and special and honoured that they thought so much of me. it just felt nice to be valued. other than that we sat catching up me and a couple of the other members. someone brought a nice cake in and one of the members brought cookies in and so we ate those and chatted. I chatted to one of the members about different college courses that I was thinking of applying for. i checked to see if the advocacy course i was talking about the other day wasrunning this september, it isnt. so i am thinking that i may apply for the substance use in youth andcommunity work course. initially i thought that only youth and community workers could apply but on reading the material anyone can apply. the thing is though there are only 25 places and there will be about 100 applicants. so there is no guarantee i’ll get it but i’m going to try. i’m also thinking of applying for other courses too. we’ll just have to see what opportunities come up for me. one of the members the one i’d been talking to about the courses is always emailing on things to me that she thinks i may be interested in. today she emailed me about a mental health conference that is coming up in november here in cork. its a 2 day conference and right now they are looking for people to give workshops at it. i’m thinking will i apply but i am nervous. if i got in i’d be giving a 45 minute workshop. to a lot of people. i dont know if i should try or not. either way i’ll go to the conference. i enjoyed my day though at the basement club. i wont go again now until monday, when I will be facilitating the members meeting.