Entries by Jonathan

7 tips on asking for help…

1. Start with understanding all of the help you really need. When times get tough, it is often the build up of small things that can tip us over the edge. While this feels awful at the time – it also means that asking for small acts of help can have a BIG impact. So […]

Start a Street Crew

Start a ‘Street Crew’ to look after people in your neighbourhood As concern about the spread of coronavirus grows, we are getting lots of emails and messages from wonderful people wanting to know what they can do to help vulnerable people in their neighbourhood and community. People are looking to join a coordinated approach. They […]

How to provide the RIGHT help to someone doing it tough

When someone we know is going through a tough time, it is a natural response to want to offer some help. Many of us show our desire to help by giving flowers or cooking a meal. And while these offers of support come from a place of love… there are also many other practical ways […]

…but what does the family really need?

Kayla’s husband died suddenly leaving her a single Mum of 3 teenage boys. It happened in June – and her eldest boys were in Year 12 and Year 10 at the time. Kayla’s biggest concern was finding ways to keep the boys lives as ‘normal’ as possible despite the loss of their father and the […]

Instead of dropping off a meal… try this.

At the local primary school my children attended, we were quick to rally around and support families in need. We became experts at baking cakes,  lasagnes and casseroles. And prided ourselves on our collective ability to support a family by providing their evening meal for a full term if needed. Our school community was so […]

The essential role played by friends and family

A few years ago I was working as a psychologist supporting people with cancer and I sat down with a woman who had just finished her last chemotherapy treatment. You would expect this to be a happy time – triumphant even – but the first thing she said to me after enduring months of horrid […]

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