Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Redundant Workers Perspective – Getting back into work

Hi Everyone

For those of you who don’t know, I have a Facebook page to support this blog and one of my followers of this page has written a beautiful account of his journey back into work.

“Hello I have been following this page since I was made redundant in September 2012 and Sandra has asked me to say something about my experiences so far .It has certainly beena rollercoaster ride of emotions almost a type of grief when you find yourself at home after so long 21 years for me in the same role however looking back they probably did me a favour .I amlucky in that I had a longstanding art hobby which has run alongside my work and for long people had said go professional but I never had the curage however when the decision was made for me I had no choice One of the first things I did was vounteer at my daughters school helping with an art class which I loved and built a rapport with the kids and staff this also gave me confidence in my own art .I did the usuall trawling the internet to no avil but really knowing my future was in art.On the day I applied for details of a teaching assistant course I went to an open day at an insurance company to talk about customer service roles.I loved this as they told me that experience wasn’t needed just personality and enthusiasm .I applied and was accepted .Now three months later I have completed training and am now learning the job .Its not easy but rewarding and the next six months are crucial.I’ve continued to paint and am exhibiting widely and planning a range of my own greeting cards from my paintings and several outlets are interested .Long term I would to self publish my own cards and have my own business.It hasn’t been easy but I promise you there is life after redundancy and far from beaten I feel released to do new things .I still have down days and I must admit I’m not my own greatest fan but I plogh on .You can catch up with my exploits atwww.Facebook.com/MatthewEvansArtist.Good luck also to Sandra with this great work onward ever onward and best wishes to you all .Stay strong .”

Before you ask me to use a spell checker, as a writer I always check my work for spelling errors but I have purposefully kept Matthew’s account exactly as he has written it, so that you know that I am not fabricating his story. If you wish to see it on Facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/beatredundancyblues

Thanks to Matthew Evans for posting this, it gives great insight and hope to many others. I wish you much success with your artwork and let us know how you get on.

Stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

 

My Invitation to St James’s Palace

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Hi Everyone

As you probably know http://www.beatredundancyblues.com is your one stop resource for redundancy. As well as the practical aspects of redundancy it also covers health and wellbeing including stress, anxiety and depression.

You may like to know that I do voluntary work as a Health Buddy for CSV (Community Service Volunteers) in association with BBC Radio Devon. We promote health messages, learn from health specialists and encourage the 5 ways to wellbeing:

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Take Notice
  4. Learn
  5. Give

On Wednesday 10th of March, I went to a CSV Health Buddy celebration of music and activities from local refugees who are being looked after by Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support.

I could not help but take notice of the variety of talent amongst the refugees. There were lots of activities including singing, sports, character making out of carrots and foods from their country. I learnt more about them and the foods they eat. People from different backgrounds connected and it was lovely of them to give up their afternoon to entertain and teach us.

At this event I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a bouquet of flowers and a Certificate of Achievement for helping a distressed and vulnerable person as part of my role as a CSV (Community Service Volunteer) Health Buddy.

I was even more thrilled to be told that I had been chosen to represent the CSV organisation at their 50th anniversary celebration, to be held at St James’s Palace in London on Monday 15th of July 2013. In the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I feel incredibly honoured to be chosen for.

Redundancy can make you feel deflated and powerless. Take back the control in your life by discovering what you were born to do and make it happen for yourself.

I am living my dreams and I want you to be too.

Stay positive

Sandra Bellamy

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