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What is your story?

What is your story?

Imagine that you are sitting in a comfy chair, relaxed, pen in hand (or tablet computer if you prefer!) about to write the story of your life.  You might start with early memories, great holidays, places visited until, eventually, you start to remember the hopes and dreams you had for your life.  As you sit in that comfy chair in March 2017, how close is the reality of your life to those hopes and dreams?

We were reading something recently when a phrase jumped out at us ‘They had forgotten their own story.’   The story of why we are where we are now, the decisions that brought us to this point, good or bad.  We also chatted about whether it is ever too late to change direction; we decided no, it’s never too late but we realise it does get much harder as we mature.

Here at Hope Trust we try to help people to write the next chapter of their life, trying to help them move from where they are, closer to where they want to be.  If it’s to get fitter, more mobile, less likely to fall we direct people to an exercise class we passed across to ActivLives; if it’s to understand more about bereavement we direct them to our next 6-week Bereavement Support Group which starts on 3rd April but with a chance to find out what the course entails on Saturday 25th March, 10.30am here at Maidstone Hall.  If it’s to share a home cooked Sunday lunch with other people, we invite them along to our monthly meal.  If it’s to volunteer with us, to come along and chat to us about potential roles (we currently have vacancies for a Trustee and 1:1 befrienders.)

So, if you need help to start the next chapter of your life, simply get in touch - we are here to help.

Away in a Manger - only 10 months early!

Away in a Manger - only 10 months early!

The nativity display has been packed away ready for the story to be told all over again in just 10 months time.  The Christmas season speaks of giving, of receiving and of sharing; but surely it is a message that transcends December, so the question for February 2017 and beyond, is, what do we give, what do we receive and what do we share?

For us here at Hope Trust the challenge is one we face with relish, even if we don’t have all the answers! So, we resolve to give good advice to anyone who ask us questions about situations they are finding challenging.  We will receive with grateful thanks every kind word, generous gift and positive observation of what we do well (and what we could do better); we will share our time, our events, as well as the support of every valued volunteer with anyone who needs us.  Whether it is promoting our next Bereavement Support Group which starts on 3rd April, our monthly Sunday lunches, our regular weekly Tea & Chat sessions, Men’s events or something completely new, we remain alive to the possibility of doing everything better as well as starting something innovative and new.  Feel free to join us.

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do. CG Jung

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.  CG Jung

It’s easy to stand at the front of a group and say ‘we will do this’ and ‘we will do that’ but when you look at the detail, the nuts and bolts of how, where, when and who, the challenge really starts!  So for us as a local charity we have said we have an ambition to ‘Explore potential links between younger / older people’ an ambition that seems huge!  Yet, taking time to reflect and discuss about this ambition has prompted us to consider linking up something we know will work for older people, who need more company at the weekend, with this new ambition.  That’s why we will explore whether we can get young people to volunteer to greet, seat, serve and chat with older people at our monthly Sunday lunch, while we cook and serve the meal from the kitchen.  We know older people can feel alone more keenly at the weekend, we have been told it is a time when it can seem as if everyone else is with someone, walking down the high street, sitting in a coffee shop or chatting over lunch in a restaurant, which is why our new monthly lunch hascome into being.  Being invited to lunch, to meet up and chat with other people who are also alone seems like a good thing to do so we will let you know if this idea works, but for now, we are taking words from a planning document and, hopefully, turning them into a reality that suits the needs of the people we serve.