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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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Reward Yourself

Hi Everyone

I have recently worked very hard to complete 10 modules of a Level 4 IAG Diploma. (Information, Advice and Guidance.)

I got given my modules on the 4th of May and had a tight deadline of the 25th of June, that was extended to the 27th of June.  This Diploma is often done over a year and so I had my work cut out. With a lot of self-discipline, a lack of sleep and a huge amount of motivation, I succeeded in getting my coursework in by the 27th of June.

In order to motivate myself, I created a rewards list.  That got larger and larger as time went on and I put more hours in to working.  The list did work and now I am rewarding myself and it feels great.  Here is my list:

  • Meet my friends
  • See my Grandma
  • Visit my parents
  • Eat sugar free, gluten free, chocolate ice-cream
  • Go to the cinema
  • Rent movies out

This list is not exhaustive, but captures all of the main points.  Your list will be about what’s important to you.

In order to motivate yourself, it is essential to reward yourself once the work is done.  It is important to give yourself little rewards as you go along, for the work you have done so far but if you tell yourself, you are not allowed to do some of the things until you have completed the work and it’s things you really want and need to do, then it will incentivise you to get the work done.

What is on your rewards list?

Stay positive

Sandra

Live on BBC Radio Devon

Hi Everyone

Some very exciting news.

I am going to appear as a guest speaker on BBC Radio Devon on David FitzGerald’s show, this Tuesday the 14th of February at 2.40pm, talking about being a Health Buddy for the CSV ’Stripping it Bare’ campaign.

The ”Stripping it Bare” campaign is run by CSV and takes on volunteers to speak about taboo health topics within their local communities.  Topics covered include Sexual HealthTesticular CancerBowel Cancer and Mental Health.

I have joined  Twitter under the username “beatredundancyb”

I will be tweeting regularly about redundancy and beatredundancyblues.com will be launched soon.

Write soon.  Sandra

Redundant? It’s time to take stock of your life

Hi Everyone

As I know from personal experience, redundancy can have devastating consequences.

It can make you anxious, nervous, depressed and stressed.

Yes, although you are not physically working, your brain is more than likely working overtime by worrying about what may or may not happen to you in the future.

Now is the time to take stock of your life to gain some degree of control over it.

Make a list of your monthly income, which is probably money from benefits, then of your expenditure and of any savings you may have.  If you have yearly expenditure you could divide that by 12 months  This should help you to establish what salary you need to be earning when you apply for jobs and enable you to establish how long you can live without paid work.  If you are in dire financial difficulties you can ask your local housing benefit office if they can access emergency funds.

Make a list of all the things you want to do in your life, both personally and professionally, from the simplest of ideas to the ideal dream scenario.  Let your imagination run wild.  Then next to each one, write down what it would take to achieve each of these.  It may be to go back to college or university.  Do voluntary work or work experience.  Read a Self-Help or How to Book in order to teach yourself through their simple step-by-step guide.  Enquire at your local job centre about funding.  You will often discover courses are much cheaper or entirely free if you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance.  Go to your local university or college and pick up a catalogue of information regarding the different courses available.  Be proactive not reactive and make things happen.  Many courses you can do in the evening and so you would still be available to work in the day.  By doing a course it will increase your skills and experience,  therefore making you a more appealing candidate to prospective employer.  It will focus your mind on something other than your problems. Get you out of the house and increase your confidence.

Whilst this is a nerve-wracking subject for some, if you have any health problems or issues, now is the time to get them sorted.  You will worry more in the future if you don’t face these now.  Whether it is your physical or mental wellbeing, now is the perfect time to go to your doctor, ask to see a specialist consultant and/or attend counselling sessions.  There is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.  I have recently become a Health Buddy for South West CSV on a voluntary capacity for “The Stripping it Bare” campaign in association with Radio Devon.  We encourage people from all walks of life to go for screening for things such as Chlamydia, Testicular Cancer and Breast Cancer.  Whilst you are out of work, this is the perfect time to get yourself checked out and if you feel poorly, to get yourself better, so you are at your fittest to take on another job whether that be working for yourself or for someone else as an employee.

By actively doing things to improve your life or circumstances in some way, you will have less time to feel nervous, anxious, depressed or stressed about being redundant  You will feel you are making some progress in your life and that will have a positive effect on you.

Stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

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