David’s blog #56: Devotion, Creativity and Doing Less HarmPosted on 2020-11-30
I am sure that, like many of you, much of my working life has been spent in meetings. Even a global pandemic doesn’t halt the cycle of meetings – it just means we get to see inside the homes of more of our co-workers. Often, we have come together to discuss a vulnerable individual or group, and those gathered around the virtual (or actual) table are professional, knowledgeable, of good intent, and – in the main – professionally competent.
David’s blog #55: Within WallsPosted on 2020-11-23
A recent news story caught my eye. It stated that, according to the Prison Officers’ Association (the union which represents prison officers in England and Wales), prisons were safer due to the restrictions brought in to respond to the Covid pandemic. Opportunities for mixing had been reduced and as a result there had been less violence. It was also claimed that relations between staff and inmates had improved.
David’s blog #54: Family FortunesPosted on 2020-11-11
Over the last twenty years I have had the privilege to meet and work with several amazing parents and carers who have experienced bereavement because of drug or alcohol use. Many have sought to try and make a difference for others who find themselves dealing with similar issues. I have been in awe of the energy, drive, and compassion they provide, and collectively they have achieved a great deal in the UK
David's blog #53: Annual RitualsPosted on 2020-11-02
Here in England the nights are drawing in. Despite the Covid restrictions, there are decorations going up outside many homes, shops are selling fake blood and scary costumes, and pumpkins sales remain visibly buoyant. Rituals continue even in periods of crisis and Halloween is a well-established event, one largely focussed on consuming too much sugar, dressing up, and, for some adults, involving the consumption of alcohol. The links to its origins as a time of year to remember the dead are now very distant indeed. But we have just observed another annual ritual, which has been developing over the last decade, where we explicitly consider deaths of an entirely avoidable nature.
David's blog #52: To Beat A VirusPosted on 2020-10-26
The UK, like much of the world, is having to reimpose major restrictions on how we live. Community and business sectors which were hoping that the worst was behind them are having to face a future of further uncertainty and concern. Tensions between different regions and political leaders are increasing; legal proceedings and investigations are beginning. The view from London looks rather grey and grim at the moment.