It’s good to be back after a wonderful holiday followed by a fun filled Easter weekend; however it is also a very strange feeling as I look and sound like I know what I am doing but am also worrying that someone will soon realise it’s a total myth! Colleagues working in various departments in the charity are as always demonstrating their commitment to the continued development of services and despite the normal ups and downs of organisational life, Care4all is still heading in the right direction. I have spent the day catching up with emails and colleagues although modern technology means that you now don’t come back to any nasty surprises after a holiday, which can be both good and bad for obvious reasons.
So what else is there to look forward to during the rest of this short working week….. my favourite part will undoubtedly be service visits when I feel enormously proud and privileged to visit some of our supported living services and realise how well Care4all are supporting people with learning disabilities and/or complex needs to have really good lives. For so long, people with learning disabilities were treated like second class citizens and whilst things are yet far from perfect it is inspiring to see how much progress has been made in the last 20 years; people are now having real choices and are making decisions about how they want to live their lives. The people who we support have their own tenancies and live in lovely accommodation in the community surrounded by staff who genuinely want to do a great job. Reflecting on this makes me realise that the periodical stress and ongoing challenges are all worthwhile and that maybe I am not an impostor after all…..