A week before the Corona virus starting keeping us all apart, we brought almost a hundred women and girls together! Each year we have a big celebration of our work, the women and girls who attend all of our projects come along, we invite funders and other professionals that we work alongside from across the city. It’s always an emotional, inspirational and fun event, and this year was no different.
This ‘Spotlight on our Team’ piece will be a little different. It’s my turn and sadly also time to say some goodbyes. I’ve been at WHM for almost 5 years and during that time I’ve worked on lots of different projects such as Footsteps, our original group for women whose children are in someone else’s care, Include – our project for young women who may be pregnant or who are parents, our young mum’s group YUMs and some of our domestic violence groups. I have three roles at the minute – as Operations Manager, Project Worker on The Key and as Line Manager for our Your Space Wellbeing Worker. Sadly, as two of these pieces of work are ending, I’ll be leaving WHM in April.
This week we say a very sad goodbye to our lovely Nic. She’s worked for WHM for many years across lots of projects, most recently on The Key, YUMS, Include and on the LDVS Domestic Violence Group. Nic is always the calm voice of reason and is a huge source of knowledge for the rest of the team. She’ll be greatly missed by all of us and by the women she works, she’s had a massive impact on so many lives.
Nicola is moving on to continue her fantastic work with women over with our friends at Basis Yorkshire where she’ll be supporting women who experienced Child Sexual Exploitation as a child or young person. We love Basis and, as lucky as they are to have Nic, we know she’ll love working within another service that puts the experiences of women at the centre of everything they do. We wish her the best of luck!
We asked Nicola for some words as a ‘farewell blog post’ and love what she came up with!
SAD GOODBYES…BIG THANK YOUS!!!
W…Wonder women through and through
M…Mixed with extraordinary
E…Exceptional and unique
N…New challenges ahead
S…Special…extra special to me
H…Hugs…lots of hugs, happiness and laughter
E…Endings…not a chance
A…After 11 years with huge mixed emotions it’s time to move on
L…Lucky to have known each and every one of you
T…Team…new and former colleagues…what more can I say
H…Hungry…not a chance…good cake…right on cue
M…memories…lots and lots of memories
A…AGM…all the rush…then the hush…the inspirational voices
T…Taught…by the very best
T…Tears…there’s been a few
E…Ears…thank you for lending them in my times of need
R…Relax…you deserve it…please do
S…Sad Goodbyes…but only until I see you again.