Working Together Forum 2022

Working Together Forum

Together; we can

Tuesday 28th June 2022

Richmond Fellowship run regular Working Together Forums to celebrate our services, and is available to staff, volunteers and clients!

By Philomena Temple – Peer Mentor and Volunteer co-ordinator at Derby City Life Links

 A big thank you to Pamela Waterhouse, Rachel Perkins and the Working Together committee for another excellent event. Forty four individuals attended and some services had got a group together to join in so the numbers were even higher. This included myself and Yvonne and Kelechi, two of the Derby City Life Links volunteers.

Jake Mills – award winning stand-up comedian and founder and CEO of ‘chasing the stigma’ addressed the Forum. He talked about his personal journey which was very inspiring and told us about the hub of hope, a mental health signposting service which has information about 5.500+ services. This pinpoints local and national support.

Our creative side was encouraged in two workshops including one where we explored shapes and contours of ordinary kitchen items. These were very relaxing and enabled the mind to drift off gently.

It is always good to be kept updated about Central Services and this included information on the clients’ access portal and the Together for Tenants Charter.

Anne and Belinda spoke about living with fibromyalgia and trichotillomania assisted in a Q&A format by Grant and Jay. Both speakers gave a fantastic insight into these two conditions and the challenges they can present. It makes such a difference having the chance to explore what people’s lives entail.

Top tips for returning to work was the topic chosen by Laura from Cambridgeshire Employment Service. This was practical and included a priority grid which many of us found helpful. We were invited to complete a to do list. Then we were invited to divide it in four:

Not important but urgent

Urgent and important

Not important and not urgent

Important and not urgent

These categories lead to much discussion e.g. how can something be not important but urgent! And resulted is us having different to do lists and having a more informed place to start.

The chat function was very busy during the day and the feedback after each workshop was very positive.

Another excellent forum – highly recommended ?