My name is Theresa Hammond, founder of Belive. Welcome to Belive’s first newsletter of 2020! It has been such a journey for us and I bet for you too. What with COVID-19, the impact this had on our lives, wellbeing, business, service, community, and families. Not to mention, the rest of the world!
At the beginning of lockdown in March, I
thought this is nice. Time to read, reflect, spend time with my husband, do the gardening etc…….. then it got a bit boring to say the least. I found it quite
disorientating when it changed from
lockdown to stay safe and keep to the
two-metre distance. I remember going to
the garden centre for the first time, and
feeling out of place, like an ‘out of body’
experience and had difficulty paying with
my debit card, not to mention the queue
We were also in the process of completing
core training for the volunteers at the
time. Luckily, our diverse volunteers are
committed and stayed in touch by
developing a ‘group’ Whatsapp, sent daily
messages, emoji and funny jokes. They
are truly inspirational and on behalf of
myself and co-trustees, we would like to
say a ‘big thank you’. We subsequently,
reviewed the way we delivered our service, instead of allowing COVID, to dictate our invaluable service and amended it from face-face to virtual.
We already used the telephone as part of our
service, and decided to include Zoom, and
Video Whatsapp! If there is anything positive about COVID, I learnt to use Zoom for the first time! We also saw an opportunity to widen our geographical area, to include the whole of Kent not just Medway! We networked with Ashford Voluntary Agency, who kindly put our service out there, we received referrals, and our volunteers are supporting beneficiaries who live in the Ashford area.
So, a big thank you, to Lee Robinson and
team, from Ashford Volunteer Centre.
Welcome to Tolu, our part-time coordinator. Tolu joined us in September on a part-time flexible basis. Tolu works 7 hours, Monday-Tuesday,10.00am-1.30pm.
You can email Tolu at email@example.com or by phone on 0759355 6954.
HERE AND NOW
Belive is getting recognition for the services we provide, for people living with a mild-moderate learning disability in Kent. We recently won an ‘out of the ordinary’ grant and were among hundreds of charities and initiatives to be chosen.
I would also like to say a big thank you to our funders, without their support, Belive would not become a reality! Operating Hours: 10.00am-4pm on Monday-Thursday. Phone: 079 7769 6658 Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit Us: www.belivemedway.com