Are you prepared?

 A recent holiday to North Wales was amazing; the hills, valleys and greenery were truly awe inspiring, even if some of the inclines were steep and the bends amazingly sharp!  Who knew that a car and van could pass on such narrow roads or that there were so many people driving Motorhomes visiting Wales - just like we were.  The trip was so well planned, we had our Lateral Flow Tests so we would know if the dreaded virus was upon us; we had packed walking boots and wet weather gear, sun dresses and Factor 50 sun cream; we’d shopped and bought some ready meals to take the hassle out of evening meals; our accommodation was spacious enough, with 2 super comfy beds, and to cap it all the Olympics were on TV so there was always something worth watching each evening, oh and honours were even when it came to Scrabble!  So why was it that, despite all that planning, we were still unprepared?

You see, if we’d had a crystal ball, we’d have known that following a tumble into an extensive bramble patch, one of us would need some first aid.  We’d also have worked on knowing where we were exactly on the map, instead of ‘near the bend in the river where the steam train goes through a tunnel.’  All was well in the end, for which we are grateful, but it highlighted 2 things – (1) You are never as prepared as you think you are and (2) Something can go wrong in the blink of an eye.

One of the roles of Hope Trust, along with other organisations such as CAB, Compass, Emmaus, and Walton Parish Nursing, to name but a few, is to be there to help people prepare for the future, as well as being available when the unexpected happens and time is required to resolve a next step.  From understanding the complexity of an issue to knowing how to begin to find a solution is one of the many methods of support Hope Trust can offer.  It’s amazing how coming along to a Technology Café here at Maidstone Hall will not just help you resolve that issue you have with your laptop, tablet, or smart phone, but in chatting with other people you learn from their lived experience.  Bus routes, pharmacy deliveries, the best ready meals, the community that comes along to Hope Trust is wise, capable and willing to share their local knowledge, so why not pop in and join us, who knows what nugget you might pick up!

As Autumn begins to grip us in its thrall, our thoughts are also turning to our next Bereavement Support Group.  We offer a chance to find out what the 4-week course covers on Saturday 2nd October 2021, from 10.30am - 12noon here at Maidstone Hall.  The course itself will start w/c Monday 11th October at a time the participants will agree upon and finish w/c Monday 1st November.  The grief journey is tough for everyone, each person experiences grief and all its facets differently, but one thing we’ve learnt over the 9 years this course has been running – the journey is made easier when shared with people who understand the nature of loss.  To find out more please get in touch, we are - Paul & Sheila Taylor (Pastoral Workers) – 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 it will be good to speak with you.