When you read this blog I’ll have signed off for 2020. And what a year it has been! I may have started in this role during lockdown, but back then in May, none of us would have thought we’d still be in this situation with so much restriction on our lives.
The pandemic and subsequent limitation on movement and activity have certainly had a massive negative impact on my plans within this role but I know that is nothing to how it has negatively impacted everyone’s lives and actually, it’s not been all bad – there has actually been some positivity. Here’s a couple of lists:
Things I’ve not been able to do:
- Deliver training courses.
- Have groups come together to network, share expertise and learn from each other.
- Run information and planning sessions.
- Deliver 1-1 coaching.
- Run big events.
- Meet with many people in real life.
Things I have been able to do:
- Develop training courses including partnerships with training providers.
- Understand more about the actual community needs.
- Support 32 local organisations with various information and guidance.
- Develop valuable contacts for future local benefit across various projects.
- Create a Community Growing Group.
- Host pop up Cycle Repair Workshops.
- Prepare for a Recycle a Bicycle donation scheme for January.
- Begin to put Camelon and Tamfourhill back on the map for positive reasons.
There’s probably more for both lists but that will do for now! Essentially what I’m trying to say as much to myself as everyone else is that it’s not been all bad. In fact, the opposite is true – there has been a lot of good going on in the community. Groups have responded to a growth of need. Plans have been quickly put into place for new or enhanced projects. People have looked to how they can strengthen their own futures through learning new skills. Others have gained a new understanding about what actually happens in this community by the fact they have actually spent time in the area during the day. Foundations have been laid for so much more in the new year.
So despite the heartache, difficulty, stress and loss that many have faced in this area over 2020 (for which my thoughts and sympathies are freely given), I am full of hope for 2021 and beyond. More than that, I am excited for the possibilities of what is ahead. I hope that you will come with us on this journey.
I wish you and yours a very happy and safe Christmas, and look forward to working with you all in what will hopefully be a peaceful and more positive 2021.