The article that was written in response to my interview with the NCBI!

Here’s the article that the lady who interviewed me yesterday wrote. It is going to be on the NCBI’S facebook page. I think its fab. I am delighted with it. I hope you enjoy it.

Volunteering during Covid19.
NCBI service user Shirley Healy has been busy listening, supporting and encouraging hundreds of vulnerable people during Covid19. Shirley, a regular volunteer in Cork based organisation Friendly Call, has increased her time volunteering to five days week making daily phone calls to those living alone and are elderly, or have a disability or chronic illness.
These daily calls have increased since Covid19 due to the closure of day centres so it is really important that we check in on these vulnerable people and be able to listen to how their day is going and if they need advice or anything. I never know what response Ill get as everyones situation is different, some calls only last a few minutes while others are much longer if the person needs to talk.
I get a lot from volunteering with Friendly Call, I enjoy the social aspects with colleagues and giving back to those who need support. As a result of doing this voluntary work, I completed a Diploma in Mental Health and Community in UCC and have found this has helped significantly especially for those callers that require emotional support, said Shirley.
Shirley is blind and has been involved with NCBI since childhood availing of mobility training, online technology tutorials and also participates actively in the weekly peer support group.
For more information about Friendly Call, please call Brenda 087 6366407 or 021 4301700.

vulnerability

Loneliness, isolation
It feels so surreal
Each day my clients tell me
How they feel
Each day I listen
While on the phone
To their worries
And their fears
They tell me
It helps to talk
I am glad to be able to be there
To help them through
I feel lonely too
But I dont tell them that
I keep it hidden
Keep it to myself
Isolation is a horrible feeling
I dont tell them
That I too am vulnerable
I too have both a disability
And a mental illness
Just like many of my clients
I too have issues
But I have to keep them separate
So I can continue to work effectively
Hard as that is
Its necessary

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If your in cork in ireland and need help during the corona virus, get in touch with friendly call!

I work for an organisation called friendly call. It is an organisation here in cork. Its run by the cork city partnership. The idea is that we ring those who live alone, are vulnerable or isolated, chronically or mentally ill, or elderly. We ring them each day Monday to friday to check in with them. At the moment there are over 200 clients recieving a dily phone call from the volunteers and we have around 30 volunteers. We’re working from home right now due to the corona outbreak. We can also go shopping and get stuff for our client if they need it. If you are living in cork, you can either self refer or you can have your gp, public health nurse, family or friends refer you to the service. Dont worry, its confidential. You are not alone. If you need help, or to chat to someone, give brenda Barry a call, Brenda is the boss and she is in charge of the friendly call service. Go ahead and call her. Her number is
0876366407
She’d be happy to set you up with a daily call straight away!
We’re here to help!
Dont feel you have to do it alone! We all need to be there for each other at this hard time!

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REACHING OUT TO OUR THERAPIST

ITS LIZ. I EMAILED EILEEN. WE’RE VERY VERY OVERWHELMED. ITS GONE 3 AM AND WE’VE BEEN CRYING FOR 30 MINUTES SO I EMAILED HER. WE’LL SEE HER ON TUESDAY BUT I JUST WANTED HER TO KNOW WHAT WAS UP WITH US. SHE MAY REPLY BUT PROBABLY IF SHE IS GOING TO REPLY SHE’LL TEXT US TOMORROW AND WE’LL TALK ON THE PHONE. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHY WE’VE BEEN CRYING. WE JUST FEEL SO ALONE. EVERYTHING FEELS WORSE AT NIGHT. I FEEL LIKE I CANT BREATHE. I CANT COPE. THE KIDS ARE ALL WHINY. VERY VERY SCARED. ITS HARD TO HANDLE THEM WHEN THEY’RE LIKE THAT. WE DONT KNOW HOW TO HELP. JADE IS BUSY WITH EMILY, WHOSE IN CRISIS. I COULD ASK SIENNA TO COME OUT, AND I MAY DO THAT. SIENNA IS VERY LEVEL HEADED. SHE IS USUALLY THE ONE WHO DOES SELF CARE THINGS FOR US.RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THE RADIO ON AND WE’VE BEEN LISTENING TO IT. I JUST FEEL VERY UNSETTLED, VERY UPSET. IM VERY SHAKY. AND MY HEART KEEPS ACTING AS IF ITS GOING TO POUND OUT OF MY CHEST. HATE THIS FEELING SO, SO MUCH. SUCKS TO BE US AT THE MOMENT.
LIZ

Alone in the dark

I sit here
I live in fear
The flashbacks come
They leave me feeling so numb
Sitting here in the dark
Rain falls outside my window
I try to focus on the sound
Anything so I wont drown
I cry silent tears
I relive all of my fears
Oh how I hate
The night, and the darkness
It swallows me whole
Until I am no more
And feel so unsure

Early finish

So I finished up early today at work! I was delighted! I went in at 11, because my PA was finished all of my house work. She asked me if I wanted to get a cab with her, she payed for it. I said ok, it saved my supervisor a journey as she’d have had to pick me up.

I only worked for an hour and a half! I had about 25 people to call. I didn’t get a few of them but I got through to most of them.

After I got done one of the girls in the office dropped me to my moms, as my supervisor was gone to one of our clients funerals, the one who died over Christmas.

It was a good shift though. All of the clients were in very good spirits.