I had the privilege of being appointed to the new Charity Manager position for Hope Trust and started work in January. Taking over from Paul and Sheila, who had done such great work, over many years, will not be an easy thing to do. They have made a positive difference in so many people's lives and we wish them a very happy and healthy retirement.

One of my first challenges is getting to know everyone's name! I am not sure it ever came easy to me, even in my nursing days when patients would come and go on a daily basis. Thank goodness to our wonderful volunteers for helping me with this, they have been brilliant. I am not sure if face and name matching has become more difficult due to face masks or my glasses steaming up, but it is definitely a challenge!

So how important is your name to you? Do you like it, have you changed it or shortened it in some way? Do you prefer a nickname instead? Remembering and using someone's name, or chosen name, can make them feel ‘seen’ rather than invisible or just part of the crowd. Using our names can give us a feeling of dignity, respect, and value and that we matter to others. This is so important right now, where winter and Covid have pushed us away from each other, away from connection which has increased that feeling of being alone and ‘unseen’.

At Hope Trust we will continue to follow government guidelines and offer friendly, welcoming events for anyone aged 50+ who wants to come along. Somewhere to connect with people, who will want to know ‘your name’ and get to know you. If you have not come to any of our events in the past, why not come and meet us or if you have been away for a while, why not come back and see us.

You can find out more about Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592, M: 07845 202 112

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