August is here and the sun is high in the sky and at its hottest now. The grass looks a little brown from the heat and the dryness of the season. Do you like the heat, is this your favorite time of year? Time for sandals, without socks of course, and shorts, allowing those hidden legs out for a few weeks.

Plenty of sunscreen everywhere, every few hours, to avoid the pain and damage of sunburn and have you got your hat and sunglasses? It makes me hot just thinking about it.

I like the shade. Do you have a favourite shady shot in the garden, the natural shade of a tree or man-made shade of a building, umbrella or gazebo perhaps? Sitting in the shadows sipping something cool or enjoying an ice-cream, well it would be rude not too!

What about at night when it’s hot, do you find it easy to sleep? Have you tried putting your socks and pillowcases in the fridge or freezer before using them at night, did they make any difference? Everyone seems to have their own thoughts on what helps them, whether it’s scientifically proven or not - does a hot cup of tea really cool you down?

What is for sure is that the heat will dissipate, and the weather will change. We will be looking for our jumpers before we know it. We look forward to summer and it’s too hot, we look forward to winter and it’s too cold. We are strange, aren’t we?

So, I am going to try and enjoy the season, being sensible in the heat and doing what I enjoy, to cool down, feet in the water for me! I want to try and treasure this time before the jumpers come out even if it means I must slow down, sit awhile and just rest.

If you are looking for something to do or somewhere to go in August why not come along to one of our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and meet some new people, we would love to see you. You can find out more about Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592, M: 07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Are you thinking of, or have you already booked, a Summer holiday this year? Is it your first time away for a couple of years, with all the restrictions and difficulties with travel? Are you going to an old favorite destination or somewhere new? So much to think about, so many options: how do you choose? How much will it cost?

We recently went through the process of finding the right holiday for us. After searching through loads of holidays that met our criteria for dates, costs and travel we decided on a package to Ireland, a beautiful country that we wanted to see and explore. Unfortunately, we took a little too long making our decision and when we eventually went to book it was sold out. Back to the drawing board!

Perhaps you are holidaying at home, having some special days out from home or making the most of our magnificent coastline in Felixstowe. We recently hired The Hut and had a great time with over 40 of the people that attend our regular sessions. The weather was great and it was lovely to be so close to the sea and enjoy each other’s company. The food was good too!

Sometimes holidays or days out can be much harder if you are doing them on your own. If everyone else is with a friend or partner sometimes, we can feel lonely. A friendly hello can make all the difference to that person who’s by themselves on your coach trip day out!

There is a difference between being alone and feeling lonely, and we all feel lonely sometimes, particularly if we have recently had a bereavement, relationship end, retired or become a carer. One thing you can do if you are feeling lonely is to make some new friends. Why not come along to one of our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and meet some new people, we would love to see you. You can find out more about Hope Trust on 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

June is such a wonderful month, with the long hours of daylight, some warm sunshine and roses and sweet peas flowering and giving off their gorgeous scent. They all draw us outside into the garden, park, seafront or countryside.

Sitting on the beach, in the sun and closing my eyes for a minute to hear the gentle rhythm of the waves is something I find so relaxing and inspiring. It helps me swich off my thinking brain, just for a little while, and find some peace to enjoy the moment.

Do you have a place where you can do that? A seat on the promenade or in the park or is it a quiet walk where you find tranquillity. Perhaps it’s in the garden, planting, pruning, cutting the grass or just pottering. Being out in nature is very good for us, the fresh air, sunshine, wildlife, (not the gulls trying to pinch your chips) and gentle exercise. Your place might be very different, it might be art, sport or music.

We are all different, both in what we find relaxes and recharges us, and in how much time we need to be alone and have our own space and how much time we need the company of others. This is not something we can always choose. At different times in life, in different seasons, we may have very little time alone, like when small children are around, having a bath without being disturbed is a huge achievement! There may also be those times, that we didn’t choose, when we have far too much alone time and we can feel lonely.

If you do have too much alone time, we would love to meet you, why not come to one of our regular activities and meet some new people, make some new friends who you could then go for a walk with, or sit in the sunshine and enjoy an ice-cream by the sea together. All our events are free to attend, and you will be made very welcome.

We hold regular sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and you can find out more about Hope Trust by calling us on 01394 272592, or emailing us at 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