so i’ve been thinking. about things i’d like to do over the next two years. things like courses, college courses, and volunteering opportunities i maybe want to try to get involved in. i intend to stay volunteering with the cork city partnership. i like it there. i also intend to stay volunteering at shine, at the basement club as an admin staff. i love it there too. this new course i’m starting next week, i’ve been thinking once i finish that what do i want to do. part of me wants to do advocacy work. i rang the place that runs the advocacy course i want to do, but they arent running it again until 2019. so thats out for now at least. i found out about two other courses. one is a course in psychological studies, it leads to a degree, its expensive though. 1000 euro a year at least. i’d have to look into it more. i might email my friend denise and ask her to send me on info about it. because maybe when i finish the drugs and alcohol course i could do that while i wait to do the advocacy course. its a thought anyway. the advocacy course is only short, and is relatively cheap. i love psychology so i know i’d really love the course in psychological studies. it is also part time which i think would suit me better than full time. when i go to college full time it always leads to me being totally stressed out and quitting. i’ve never finished any of the full time courses i started. i basically dropped out in the middle of both of them. i was doing social work, that didnt work out. i did childcare, that also didnt work out. that tells me something, that maybe full time college doesnt suit me at this time. i did finish a diploma in community education anda diploma in youth and community work, both of those I did part time. so i can do it. i can achieve qualifications. i just need to slow down and work at a slower pace. i also recently saw a course in community mental health but i think its just an intro level course and its pretty expensive too and doesnt lead to any qualification so i dont know if i’d be interested because i want courses where i can take what i’ve learned and apply it in a work or volunteer setting. another member at the basement club told me today about this training being offered to service users in our area to facilitate workshops and give them to groups of newly diagnosed people, but the thing is you have to be diagnosed with either psychosis or bipolar disorder, I am not diagnosed with either, even though we do have psychosis but its unofficial. so thats out for me, but the clinical nurse manager got back to me and asked me to submit a profile of myself and he said if further training opportunities come up that he will email them on to me. that was good of him and i like being a part of email lists where info is circulated because you find out about stuff that way which i really love since i cant read billboards or posters etc. i also got added to the cork city partnership mailing list. they put out a lot of info via email about upcoming events, training etc. i did think should i go on and do further study in addictions once i’ve my level five certification done but i am not sure, guess i’ll wait and see what happens, if i like it, i think i will like it, but i am not sure its what i want to work in full time, the addiction area i mean.