I am a campaigner!

It feels strange to say it, however, I have campaigned for my children and children like them for quite a while now. I am driven by the thought that they and others may be treated unfairly or misunderstood for something that is not their fault.

I find strength and energy I never knew I had, to face people in authority, approach people I would never normally approach and make every effort possible to shout from the rooftops about injustice to children.

I guess it depends what you classify as campaigning, when you feel like a lone voice in a sea of helplessness, when the world keeps turning and you feel isolated and angry. Where do you start when the council, the school, people you know, don’t understand? (and I can’t blame them for not understanding as ‘before’ I did not understand either.)

I think you need an outlet, a way to reclaim some power, and I think people find a variety of ways to do that. I found blogging helpful, sharing my blogs on social media and on email. Even if no-one was reading it, even if it went unopened, just writing about how I felt helped. It was a way to vent some frustration and try and reach a few people.

It comes in fits and starts, usually when I am feeling frustrated. What I find is that because I am focused on that issue and have the intention of getting the message out there, someone usually engages with what I say.

My campaign has evolved from trying to create awareness of parenting issues relating to adoption, trauma and attachment to teen issues, school issues and now mental health and education.

I see people campaigning all the time, people setting up charities and community interest companies relating to something they are passionate about, often related to issues they or their family/friends have experienced, people fundraising in amazing ways to help others.

I am inspired by their stories and the lengths people go to, to help others.

It has struck me for quite a while that our education system isn’t fit for purpose, there are tremendous people involved in education, but the system lets us all down. There are pockets of excellence, however, the education system seems stuck in the dark ages.

  • Are uniforms still useful?
  • Are detentions and isolations still serving a purpose?
  • Is being stuck in a classroom behind a desk really conducive to learning?
  • Is homework contributing to learning?
  • Are bells still necessary?

All questions I have considered and I haven’t totally made my mind up about a lot of them.

What I want people in education to do is be reflective, read as much as you can, ask for training and ask questions. All schools need an element of system and structure in order to operate, I get that, however, we not only have to think outside the box, we need to chuck the box out!

You may think this comes from a place of sitting behind a keyboard or an idealistic standpoint, however, I taught in secondary schools for 10 years, was a counsellor for 6 six years and supported two adopted children and all the subsequent learning that brought. So I feel I come at it from a place of knowledge and understanding.

What do you campaign about? I would love to know.

Have a great week.
Juliet x

Wellbeing Weekly – York Wellbeing Day – 22/6/2018

Super Early Bird Tickets Available!

Here is your Wellbeing Weekly, keeping you up to date with goings on at the York Wellbeing Day on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Our Tickets have launched and if you can get in early you can get a ticket for £5, giving you access to all the exhibitors at the event. There are only 30 tickets available at this price!

Keep an eye on your inbox, every Friday for the latest from the day. I have also started a regular weekly Facebook ‘live’ on Monday mornings at 9am, it would be great to have you there.

Did you know the York Wellbeing Day is in partnership with Two Rivers Radio?

A local community radio station which broadcasts in central York every Monday from midday to 11pm. I present two shows – the Yor Living Well Show and the Information Takeaway both air 4pm – 5pm every other Monday – the next one is Monday 25 June. If you want a shout out or request, let me know!
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So who else is getting involved?

We are very pleased to welcome:

  • Kirsty Smith of Stobohealth Ltd
  • Hypnotherapy from David Sear
  • Neil Owens from Podfit Ltd

They are exhibiting at the York Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin

Who else is running a Pop Up event during the day on 4 October?

Helen Thorburn (workplace based event)
Elena Holmes – Elena Health & Food
Louise Black – Louise’s Wellbeing & Beauty (East Cottingwith)
Kirsty Pearson – Ambiance Therapies (Escrick)

Perhaps you would like to get involved and host your own Pop Up Event in your workplace or group. Click the link below to register and book.

More next Friday.
Have a great weekend.

Juliet

PS. If you don’t want to hear about York Wellbeing Day, let me know and I will just email you about our other events and workshops.

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Did you hear about our launch?

It was a great afternoon launching the day and it’s theme to York and area wellbeing businesses, how to get involved, what’s going on and a lots of networking and meeting others in ‘the business’.

I have sent quite a few emails out about the day, so it seemed to make sense to produce a weekly email to let everyone know how it’s going, who has signed up to host a pop-up event or have a stand at the Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin.

Keep an eye on your inbox, every Friday (if you don’t want to hear about it, let me know and I will just email you about our other events and workshops).

So who has signed up to the York Wellbeing Day?
I am very pleased to welcome:

Kirsty Smith of Stobohealth Ltd
Hypnotherapy from David Sear
They are exhibiting at the York Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin

Kicking off our Pop Up events during the day on 4 October
is Helen Thorburn
Helen is running a wellbeing event with her colleagues (theme to be confirmed!)

Those who have signed up will receive their leaflet bundle, posters and wellbeing branding soon!

You can create your own event and invite people along, you can go into a business/organisation and invite employees to attend, you can collaborate with others and do a joint event, you can target people already using your business or brand new people.

Have you got your idea together for a pop up?
Would you like a stand at the Hotel du Vin?

You can come along to our Wellbeing Meet-Up and brainstorm your idea with others.

Do you have a question? Would you like to run your idea past me? Would you like to collaborate with someone but not sure who? Do you need a venue?

Give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Juliet

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An Insight into Physical Pain

A bit of a turnabout

Yes, I’ve had a different perspective.

Quite often I blog about the impact of emotional pain on the body. However, I’ve had some personal insight, just a glimmer, a small realisation of what it might be like in the reverse situation – the impact of physical pain on mental health and the emotions. An insight of what it might be like to be elderly or have long term physical illness.And it is just that, an insight, I tore a calf muscle while doing fitness training, a sudden injury which floored me (literally).

I know it will get better, I know I can rest, have physio and massages to help me.

For a while I had to use crutches, had to hop or walk on tip toes, couldn’t drive, run or stretch. I felt pain, I felt helpless, I couldn’t look after myself or my family as I usually do. They couldn’t get used to it and nor could I.

I was stuck inside, couldn’t really go anywhere and it dawned on me that these feelings were common in those who were/are physically ill in the longer term, only much more so. In that short time, I began to feel very low, misunderstood and not supported and tried to explain to people that even though I looked ok (except for a limp) I didn’t feel ok.

I run my own business, I had to cancel events and work as I couldn’t get to them. However, I had to get going quite quickly otherwise my business would falter and I was riddled with guilt that I was letting others down.

So why have I written about this, just to say ‘I get it’, even though it was comparatively brief, I got a sharp reminder of what others feel who are incapacitated for whatever reason. I have worked as a counsellor with the elderly and those with disabilities, I felt empathy and supported them in a variety of ways, now I have some real insight.

For all those people who are suffering long term injury or illness, I really admire you getting through every day and still trying so hard to work or help others in a wide variety of ways.

You are all in my thoughts
Juliet x