I am not sure how you are feeling right now reading this. You might be excitedly preparing for Christmas or trying desperately not to think about it. It is such an extraordinary time of the year.

A time which drives us; to the high street, to the supermarket, to the internet,  to the sparkling lights, to church, to new hope, to our family or friends, into the past or into debt or loneliness and occasionally despair. Sometimes in the days and weeks around Christmas we are 'driven to' all these places in a single day.

So many emotions, so much expectation, so much pressure to be happy, to make everyone else happy and to make memories. 

This too will pass. If you love Christmas and the message of love and hope that it brings, make the most of it, enjoy and celebrate it all as 'this too will pass'. And if you are dreading it remember to that 'this too will pass', it will soon be January, longer brighter days are ahead and you are not alone.  The feelings you are having are very normal and for so many people but hang in there, this too will pass.

We would love to see you, whether you want to talk about Christmas or not you would be very welcome and you don't have to eat mince pies, not unless you really want too!

Our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday , please note we are closed between the 22nd of  December and 2nd of January. To find out more about Hope Trust T: 01394 272592, M:07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk or on our Facebook page: The Hope Trust

Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager 

I have recently become a little obsessed with a daily online connection challenge. You have 16 words, and you have to put them in four groups of four words that have something in common. Sometimes they are easy and sometimes they are much harder and sometimes impossible for me, at least without a clue from my husband!

I definitely think it's good for my brain to have a little workout and a bit of a challenge, as long as it's not too frustrating. But the name 'connections' got me thinking about how we connect with others in everyday life.

People are brought together because of something they love like Scrabble, or something they have lost, like a beloved spouse. It is sometimes the music they love or a new hobby they start. 

If you are looking in from the outside you would not guess there is a connection at all as they may appear very different, but something has brought them together and friendships have grown. 

It's so easy to make incorrect assumptions about people who appear to be different from us. It's only when we lean in that we discover that we are all imperfect human beings that need other people in our lives to connect with.

Hope Trust is a great place to come and make some new connections. Our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday we would love to see you. To find out more about Hope Trust T: 01394 272592, M:
07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk or on our Facebook page: The Hope Trust

Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager 

Are you good at wasting time? I know I am. Just had a quick look at something on my phone that led me down a few rabbit holes and half an hour has just disappeared. Or just occasionally when I am watching something on Catchup, intending to watch just one episode and somehow I end up watching a whole series, I am sure that's just me?

Or playing one game of Candy Crush which pulls me to another and another level. 

Perhaps getting lost in a good book is more your thing whether it be on paper, Kindle or listening to it.

It's true time flies when you are having fun or when you're just not paying attention!

Sometimes it's the opposite though and time just drags on, and even watching TV, playing on your phone or reading a book doesn't help. Sometimes loneliness can slow time down so it actually becomes painful.

A lot of our regular sessions run for about two hours, and it's amazing how quickly times flies when people are chatting, playing a game together or watching a film and enjoying a meal.

If you have a couple of hours to spare or too much time on your hands why not come and see us and we can help you spend some of that time enjoying the company and having some fun.

Our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday we would love to see you. To find out more about Hope Trust T: 01394 272592, M:
07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk or on our Facebook page: The Hope Trust

Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager