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Tag: Diversity

Iron Versus Rainbow

I recall the loathing and fear That first day of school at age four. I just needed mum and dad near In tantrum I lashed out and roared. My head teacher dragged me inside That bright room of faces all new. In distress my eyes glared so wide I pondered on what I should do.…

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You Are Not Alone

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” – Brene Brown. As a co-facilitator of a support group and support community for people with Parkinson’s, I see that one of the most difficult aspects for anyone participating, is to disclose personal difficulty.  Whatever we may be dealing with, there may be a significant fear of judgement…

Managing Addiction

From 2004 – 2007, I was the Service Manager of a medical and psychotherapy treatment service for those seeking support in overcoming substance abuse addiction; one of the services of Cranstoun group.  The service covered the London Borough of Croydon; one of the most diverse of London’s Boroughs. The treatment service was classed as a Tier…

Bridging the Divide

Today, I was reflecting over the news of yet more prejudice and discrimination in our world.  Why do people choose to hate, when they could simply choose to be kind? This reminded me of a former role I had, in my career.  In 2003, I worked in a role that supported Victims of Hate Crime. …