We just wanted to thank Radcliffe School for allowing us to work with such a great bunch of students today. It was great to interact with them about something that seems to be appearing in the news, more than anyone would like. We can not not wait to hear the feedback and can not wait for our next session.
Today we will all hand loved one gifts to make them smile and tucking in to our Christmas banquets but what about those who do not share Christmas with loved ones or those who can not afford to give a Christmas banquet let alone gifts.
We loved seeing the Old Black Horse, in Houghton on the Hill, doing their bit whilst we enjoyed our Christmas Staff meal. If you have something new and want to do something with your old one then please contact us and we can pass it on to someone in need or take it to somewhere where those in need will benefit.
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Well that is done for another year. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work in providing yet another year of development and growth as we strive to provide a service that our staff are proud to be a part of and our clients are pleased to receive.
See you all on Monday 31st December
New clients can be the tricky ones as we are not given a folder with all of the information that we may need and a lot is relient on our experiences and skills. Today my new client looked like they were hiding something in their cheeks like a squirrel and when asked they answered with the to expected answer “I’m fine, it will sort itself out soon”.
I have not been working with this client for long and I am aware that it has taken a LOT of effort by others to get me in the door so I had to be careful not to undo their hard work. With a few jokes and some quick thinking I was able to find out that they had no dentists, or none that they were aware of, and I was able to get them an appointment the next day. They didn’t need any teeth pulling but it could have been almost like pulling teeth for me if I hadn’t had the skills or experience to have built up a level of trust with the client. The effort that goes in to assigning PAs to clients has really paid off for me as my personality matches the clients needs and allows us both to get things out of our time together.
This week is not something new for me as a PA, many of my clients suffer from alcohol issues and it isn’t as straight forward as many people think. The mental health can often guide a person towards drink, then the drink increases the mental health issues so the person increases the drink. We work with many clients and understand that they are often treated for one of the issues but never both/all at once. This means that once one issue is sorted the other steps in and “reintroduces” the other again. If you feel that someone you care about or love is having issues then you really do need to find them help before it has an effect on other parts of their health.
Thank you to all of the year 8s who worked amazingly well today with our staff.
Some of the ideas that you had around Anti-bullying were great, something that we will be taking away and using in future sessions.
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Today we had a fantastic time providing sessions for both year 8 and 10 at Ratcliffe College on Anti-bullying. We asked the students to develop and designed their own T-shirts on the theme of bullying and cyberbullying. It was very interesting to see that the topic of online bullying on social media and online games was a concern to the students, something that is shared with many parents. We did a lot around the role of the bystander vs upstander as many children are fearful of becoming bullied for being an upstander but don’t always understand the implications of being the bystander. We can not wait to run our next session in a couple of weeks on spotting scams.
Today we worked with year 8 boys and girls from Ratcliffe College on gaining a better understanding of what a relationship was, what makes it healthy or unhealthy and how to manage relationships to avoid it becoming unhealthy or even abusive.
The sessions were so much fun for myself and to see the brains working out the difficulties between saying something and doing it, for instance “Would you be able to identify an unhealthy relationship?” was a yes and give them their dues they managed to come up with lots of answers but they often focused on physical but with some support they identified the other types. “Would you be able to remove yourself from an abusive relationship?” was another one that saw a chorus of yes’ but we dug down and had a little role play it became obvious that it wasn’t as easy as they had thought.
All in all I had a blast and look forward to working with them again soon.
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Today I had a text from the mum of one of my clients that I wanted to share. We get these more than we realise and they mean a lot more than I think those who send it realise.
Just thought I’d let you know how much better my son is today. I met him for coffee before he went off to see his friends at the football club. We had a (nearly) normal conversation, so whatever you’re doing it’s working well! He’d had a shave and asked for skimmed milk ( instead of cream) in his coffee and checked his change. He recognises he’s not well enough to work and has bought a few sweets for the young boys.
All of us PAs work hard to make a difference and to many the differences seem small but if you asked the client or the family members they are bigger than they seem.