"It's been suggested that I write a positive blog to end the year - and I'm happy to comply with this!
This morning was beautifully eventful; three volunteers in the office to work, one who is newly trained and took her first phone call on the helpline! We had a visit from a member of staff with her 5 week old baby and the office was full of warmth and love ...
Warmth is a feature of the office at the moment; after 2 and a half years of asking, begging, cajoling and sulking - we finally have our new UPVC double-glazed windows installed. This has made a huge difference to the temperature, the noise levels and our bills!
Yesterday we finished analysing our data from November and it turned out to be our busiest month yet. This of course is a bitter-sweet achievement; we are continually and painfully struck by the huge level of need by women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape and other forms of sexual violence. But the positive reading of this is that our services are reaching out to support women to cope and recover from their experiences.
We have three relatively new Trustees on our Board which sees their numbers swelling and skills increasing.
All adding up to a healthy, vibrant and strong organisation, poised to enter 2014 in a confident and positive way.
We wish everyone a warm and peaceful break if they are taking one".