Work changes

I found out yesterday about some changes in our office at work. Right now, there are 3 services working out of the same office, all services that the cork city partnership offers, one service is the local employment service, this service offers CV prep, and employment advice to clients. Well, I found out yesterday that the two girls in our office who work for the local employment service will be moving offices in 3 weeks time. This is going to really impact my supervisor, as she used to get help from one of the girls to do things like write out clients birthday cards, and other small jobs that she didnt have time to do. Also the girl who did admin office stuff is applying for a new job as a community development worker, and if she gets it she’ll also be leaving, and this is going to really throw us off, as if we needed an extra pair of hands to do calls, if we were short staffed, she’d always fill in for us. Also she did shopping if we needed coffee, tea, etc, and she was just an all round awesome person. I do hope she gets the job, but man I will miss her. She worked alongside me and we’d have some amazing chats, and she’d always make me coffee and we’d just have a lot of fun times. If I needed to vent or talk about a client I could always talk to her, if my supervisor wasnt in the office, as she knew all of the clients really well. My supervisor said she’s stuck on Mondays, and she asked me if I could fill in on Monday afternoons, so I said of course I would. I wont see her being stuck for staff. I love the job and am happy to fill in for her where I can. The office wont be the same though with the two gone from the local employment service, and then trish gone from admin if she gets that job. Its going to feel so different and I just hope we’ll be able to get everything done that we need to do. From now on it will only be the friendly call service working out of that office. Its going to be so strange. The organisation is doing it to save money, I get that. But I wish they wouldnt have done it. I hate change, but maybe, just maybe it will be ok. We will hope so.


Treat for lunch yesterday

I got take out food for lunch today. My colleagues at work were having it. So I said I’d have it too as a treat. I rarely have take out food nowadays. I havent had any in months. And I knew the kids wanted a treat. So I got some for them mostly. It was lovely too. I enjoyed it. I had a chicken wrap and fries. Of course it doesnt help that there is a take out place right next door to where the friendly call office is. But once in a while wont hurt. And I did enjoy it so that was good. Hopefully it wont effect my weigh in this week.


This is the hard part about my job

Found out today at work another of my clients is dying. He has cancer. He only found out last Monday. He’s been in hospital for a while now having tests. He’s almost 80 years old.

I felt very sad for him. He’s had no quality of life now for a while. He’s been really ill, and he’s had a few falls also. He’s been in and out of hospital for a good few months now.

My supervisor said she was taking him off of our service. She said he’s too sick to talk. So I never got to say goodbye. That was hard. I wished I could have said a final goodbye to him.

I guess this is the hard part about my job. Things happen suddenly. Clients get ill and die. And there really is no closure.


friendly call got nominated for an award!

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!


A sticky situation

I had a bit of a situation happen to me this morning. I had gone to my parents house last night. Normally I dont go until friday, but I felt a little bit low last night so I decided to give my PA the day off this morning and just go to my parents house last night. I tried to contact her to tell her but she wasnt answering the phone. I thought she may be at work, so I waited a while and then called again, but I still couldnt get through to her.
I texted her about 10 o’clock to tell her. Then this morning I tried calling her again. I still wasnt getting an answer, so I decided that I’d have to go back to my house, and wait for her to arrive and just do our two hours. I was all set to go, I had rang a taxi to take me, and then, just before the taxi arrived, a text came in from her.
I was so glad not to have to go back home. It would have cost me another 15 euro up and back so I am glad that she got my message and texted me back.
It was a sticky situation for sure. I feel glad that it got resolved. I thought that her phone was broken or something, and thats why she wasnt answering me. It is good to know she’s ok.
I had a very relaxing morning, spent time online, and with my mom. I am working in the afternoon today. I am looking forward to work.
Tomorrow I am going to a conference, organised by the national council for the blind, its a learning and technology conference, and its on all day, from 10 AM until 4 PM.


I got nominated for volunteer of the year!

so I found out yesterday that my supervisor nominated me for volunteer of the year. Our local volunteer centre holds a competition each year and crowns the volunteer of the year and the organisation that they volunteer for gets recognition and I think they also get some money and then the person who wins gets a trophy and a certificate and there is a day out at a posh hotel and food and all that sorta thing.
I would so love to win! But just being nominated is awesome too! Just the fact that she thinks I am worthy of the volunteer of the year is huge to me!
I will keep you all posted! I am not sure when the competition is over and when the winner will be announced but I think its going to be soon!
fingers crossed but even if I dont win I am so thankful to just be nominated!


Paying me compliments

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!