Our Survival Plan

What a very strange Spring 2020 is turning out to be.  Instead of enjoying the emerging colours in the garden, going to the occasional car boot sale or a walk along Aldeburgh High Street with a stop at a popular fish & chip establishment, instead we are growing accustomed to queuing for essentials, hopefully in the sunshine and not the shade, as some vicious north easterly winds are still blowing!  Life has been changed in so many ways as we all adapt to this new ‘Covid-19’ reality.  For us, we have moved the office from Maidstone Hall to our dining room (the commute is much more enjoyable!) and we are able to stay in touch with many of our regular Guests, Volunteers, Donors and Trustees.  If you would like a friendly chat, then simply give us a call and we’d be happy to oblige.

For us, we quickly realised we needed to work out exactly how we’d survive this traumatic change to our everyday lives and so more by accident than intentional design we wanted to share our 5-point survival plan:

  1. Create a structure – As we are still working from home, we quickly worked out the best way to spend our days, keeping work and home sort of separate. So, we are still at our desks (the dining room table!) at 8.30am opening laptops, reading emails, writing reports and all the usual admin associated with leading a local charity. We stop for lunch at 12.30 and go back to the table for any outstanding emails/phone calls that need to be made.
  2. Vary the Days – When the question was asked ‘exactly what day is it today?’ we knew we had to find ways of marking out the weekend from weekdays! So, Saturday is defined by shopping for elderly relatives and neighbours, then coming home to clean the house.  Sunday has become known as ‘pyjama day’ for obvious reasons!
  3. Exercise – We are so pleased that we can go out for a walk each day, getting into the fresh air, enjoying the sunshine, going in different directions and reminding ourselves of public footpath routes has been amazing. Who knew there was so much building work going on, new walkways created, amazing extensions added or little bridges where kids as big as us can play Pooh Sticks!
  4. Stay Connected – It has been wonderful to see people step up and volunteer, whether it’s via the local Helping Hands group or the NHS volunteer team. When great grandchildren send a card and pictures to Great Grandma, that means a lot. The use of electronic communication has also been a lifeline, however you manage to do it, please stay connected.  Our website features our regular Facebook posts, they can be found on the bottom left of the home page and include short videos and pictures.
  5. Space – As a loving husband and wife team we have worked out that, in order to survive this experience well, we each need some space, some ‘me time.’ So, from after our afternoon walk and until the government update, we each occupy different rooms!  Jigsaw puzzles and reading for one, music for the other.  It’s important to work out what works for you, in your environment.

So, there we have it, assuming we take our own advice we, like you, should get through this.  Please stay safe, stay well, until we can all meet up again.

To contact Hope Trust and speak to Paul & Sheila Taylor (Pastoral Workers) please ring us on 01394 272592 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk