Friendly call

just got done with my shift on friendly call. it went well.

i got a ride to my volunteer job today so that saved me on taxi fares. brenda went home early though. she wasnt feeling very well.

there are 3 of us on duty. i got through all of my list fairly fast. everyone was mostly doing ok. it was actually quite uneventful today which I am glad about.

I will be shutting down my PC soon and calling a taxi to take me back to mom and dads. I am starving so need to eat soon as I can.

I hope everyone is having a good friday so far.
carol anne


Starting my friendly call shift

just got to my volunteer job. brenda who is my supervisor picked me up. there was another lady in the car with us, and anothe r volunteer, the lady had an annurism a few years ago and some damage was done to her brain from it. she refuses to take her meds, and now she thinks her family are plotting against her. brenda had been visiting her today and she got really upset so brenda asked a volunteer to take her out for a coffee. she seemed less upset on the drive to the coffee shop so that is good. im ready to start taking calls now, am just waiting for brenda to send the list of my calls to me.
I had a ride home too so that is good. Trish who works here in the admin side of the office is going to give me a ride home. We’re going to leave a little earlier so she can drop me off.
Well, I’d better go, and let my friendly call shift begin!


volunteer shift

I just finished my shift on friendly call. I enjoyed it.
I had a list of about 30 clients to call. All of my calls went very well. Everyone was in good spirits.
So many of the clients thanked me and said how much they appreciated the call. Its heartening to hear it.
The time goes so quick once I start my shift. I spend about 10 to 15 mins on most calls. Well sometimes people dont engage and dont want to talk a lot. But overall they do engage and talk to me once I get them started.
I am Two weeks into the new routine of tuesdays thursdays and fridays and I am still loving every second of it.
In a few minutes I will go home, and have dinner, then I can relax for the evening.
carol anne


Career preparation

one of my modules on the ILS course is career preparation. this morning I worked on that module. Its quite detailed. There are a lot of different exercises to fill out for it. I made a personal profile. That was not too hard. I had to talk about my strengths, talents, goals and achievements, qualifications, education, etc. I had to pick out careers that I thought suited my personality and profile. Then I had to answer questions on planning a career. I had to explain terms like career, work, casual work, and so on. I spent about an hour and a half working on th e folder. I got a lot of work done. It was great. If I keep working at the pace I am working at now, I will have the module ready to be handed in for the summer and I should have my certificate for it by mid august. My tutor said hopefully the module will help me figure out where I want to go when I am finished the ILS course, I kinda want to work parttime, but we’ll see. It really depends on if I can find a suitable job, if not then I might do a CE scheme, community employment scheme. That is where you work 20 hours a week somewhere, but you only get payed for the work you do by the government, so it is kinda slave labour because your doing the same work that a full time employee would do but your getting a government payment for it. We’ll see. First I need to do this module, and then research jobs and schemes and stuff.

Healing words for Saturday

The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.
Gordon B. Hinckley


Had mentoring and talked to my OT

I have had a busy morning with making phone calls and appointments. i called my OT mark and talked to him. we decided we are going to meet up next week. i will see dr. barry next wednesday and so mark said he’d see me at 8:30 next wednesday morning. we’re going to have a catch up and see what we can work on for the next couple of months.

I was meant to meet my job coach today but I rang him earlier this morning and told him I wouldnt come in. I didnt see the point in going in if he’s exiting me from the service. He agreed. He said he’d email me and confirm by email that I am exiting the service. He said he’d send a form that I need to fill out. I’m good with that. Its a pity things didnt work out better than they did but it is what it is.

I had mentoring with Colette. We talked about volunteering. She had been looking up positions for me to apply for. She had emailed a couple of youth justice projects but they said they had their volunteers for now but they’d keep us on file if something else came up. She also went on a couple of websites but she said the only position she was able to find was for a fundraising volunteer for age action, who work with the elderly. A lot of the volunteer positions are in dublin, and of course I live in cork so thats no good. I said I’d look at the position in age action but I am not really interested in fundraising. I did go on the volunteering cork website and I did find a position as an admin office worker for post natal depression ireland. So I may apply for that one.

We talked about me publishing my poetry. I said I’d like to do it and wanted to work on that. So we talked about ringing the arts council of ireland and asking them if there are any grants available that I can apply for. So today I need to call them and ask them and get them to email me on the info. Then colette said she’d help me fill out the application form. She’s experienced at filling out forms and so she will know what I need to put down on it to make my application successful.

I asked her if she wanted me to write a piece for the shine newsletter about the funding I recieved for singing lessons. She’s having a couple of us write up a little piece each about how recieving the funding has impacted us and helped our recovery. So I said I’d do that later today and email it on to her.

She said I am inspiring everyone by losing weight and making changes to my life that enable me to be more healthy. That was nice to hear. I am working hard and it was nice that she noticed and I felt really good and confident that what I am doing is good and worthwhile. We talked a little about my family and my mood and she told me I’ve been going through a rough patch and its good that I am coming out of it now. And man does it feel good. I feel positive and happy and able to make improvements in my life now which is great.