i had a great shift today on friendly call. i dorked for 3 hours. made a load of calls. there was one client who told me over and over how thankful she was for our call. she said its the only call she gets in the day, and how she doesnt see anyone else, how we’re the only contact she has with someone each day. so sad. but boy am i glad we are able to phone her. she’s such a special lady. so chatty and so so appreciative of our calls. i love my job so, so much. its incredible to be able to be doing something I love. I enjoy going in to the office. And not just because of the clients. I also enjoy meeting the rest of the volunteers. We have great banter in the office. Plus we also are able to talk about the clients and stuff which is nice. There is a coffee morning next week for the volunteers, but I have college on that morning so I wont be able to make it. I’m kinda bummed about that. I really wanted to go to starbux. Oh well maybe next time. My supervisor said she’d put another coffee morning on in march. I just got home about 20 minutes ago. I’m tired but I have to go out again in an hour, I am going to slimming world tonight. Until then though I am just relaxing and enjoying a few minutes of free time.
So you remember the launch event I attended last week? Where we launched our friendly call minibus and the fact that now we’ve got over 200 clients on our books?
Well, here are a few photos of the event! More to come but here is what I have for now!
So the presentation went really well! I think I did very well on it! I didnt actually have to stand up in front of the class to deliver it. Since I was reading braille notes, and I needed a table to place them on, the lecturer said I could stay seated and deliver it from my seat. That took a huge amount of pressure off me. So that is what I did. And it went beautifully. I was really pleased with how it went. At the end of my speech a few people asked me questions, and they were really interested in my topic, which was friendly call. One of my class came up to me at the end and he said I sent shivers up his spine, because he didnt realise that there was so much loneliness in ireland, I had given statistics on loneliness in ireland during my presentation. Anyway, I am so happy its done now, done and over with, and I’m hopeful I’ve done well on it.
I’m done, I’m done!
All of my college work is completed! Yay!
Now I just have to go in there on wednesday, and ace the presentation!
You think I can do it? I think I can!
I’m so pleased that I finally have all of it done and dusted!
I just finished brailling out my notes!
Now I can sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of my sunday!
I’m at work right now. I’ve been here about an hour. The weather is quite bad here today butI managed to get here without getting wet.
I walked into the office, and my colleague trish was giving a group of student nurses a presentation on friendly call, so she roped me into talking to them about my role as a volunteer.
that was fun! They are only 18year olds so they have a lot to learn.
I got a long list of people to call today! 57 in total!
Good thing I’mhere until 4:30! It looks like I will be busy!
I love days when I am kept very busy!
I’m on lunch break right now, but I’ve already made about 15 calls this morning!
Have a long way to go yet!
I am at work, and I just found out this afternoon that friendly call was nominated for a national award, yippee. Its a huge thing. The national awards are huge. People from all over ireland will be there. Different organisations that work with the elderly. Our organisation is small, so its a huge achievement to have been nominated. The awards ceremony is in november. It takes place in dublin, on the 14th of november. My supervisor asked all of the volunteers if they wanted to go. She said that our hotel accomodation would be payed for. I said I was definitely interested in going. It will be a fantastic night. If we win it will be even better lol. But to be nominated at all was huge. We’re all thrilled. I’ll keep you all posted on how things progress and if we win I’ll let you all know. Fingers crossed for us guys!
I went back to work today after a few days off. I had been off last friday, and then again on tuesday.
I got my list of clients to call, and the very first lady I called, said something very beautiful to me.
I said hi to her, and asked her how she was.
she said she was ok, and then she said, are you? I reassured her that I was.
Then she said, I thought you’d quit working for friendly call!
I missed you when you werent here last week and I thought you might have given up your job!
As if! I didnt say that to her though.
I just thanked her for the kind compliment that she’d missed me.
Its so nice to know people think of me when I am not there.
She was one of two clients today who said they thought of me last week, as I usually call them on fridays.
What a nice feeling to be thought of! I must be making a difference in their lives, and for that, I am so grateful!
I was delighted to be back at work! I missed not being there!