We hope you're all well and keeping your spirits up.
Week four and we are getting used to the restrictions that the virus is putting on us. At the same time, things that initially seemed inconvenient might have become more of an issue as time goes on and we all have to adjust to a new way of living. We are learning about new ways to keep in touch with each other so if you would like some help with that, do let us know.
Here at the WISH team, we are missing seeing each other face to face and even with our phone calls and emails appreciate that days can feel very long. We were wondering whether anyone would like to join us on a webchat. This would have the dual purpose of introducing you to some new technology, which would help you if you are invited for a phone or Skype interview, and also enable you to catch up with a few familiar faces from WISH.
Full instructions would be provided, and you should be able to join in from a computer, laptop or phone.
• Email/text Richard or Mel if you would like to get involved.
As usual we have put together some activities that you can do to keep yourself busy and working towards getting paid work. This week’s activity can either be printed out and completed by hand or you should be able to look at them on your screen. If you would like some feedback on your response, then we are happy to help – we will indicate with a * those that might be more appropriate for discussion and arrange with you a time to chat.
This week’s Activity
We are going to look at our own skills and strengths profiles. You may have discovered new ones coming to the fore during this situation or ones which you thought were in the bag but need a bit of attention. Use the sheet below to get you started but if you have other skills that you would like to add then feel free to do so*.
To download the sheet, click on this link - week 4 activity
Skill of the week - Kindness
Kindness is not often considered a 'skill', and is easily overlooked when times are tough. However, if we all think about when a small act of kindness is done to us and the impact it can have, why not try and be the person who delivers this to someone else?
Richard is consciously trying to keep the friendliness in the world alive by smiling and acknowledging people when out; you see so many scared / anxious faces, so keeping things kind, polite and patient is very important, particularly now. Think of ways which you can show kindness to those who are living nearby, either with positive actions or maybe by being a bit more tolerant if they are annoying you! Keep a note of examples to share if they would be appropriate.
Interview question of the week - “What are your hobbies outside of work?”
Employers will often ask questions about your personal life to get an insight into your personality and see how you’d fit in with the team. Although this question is relatively informal, make sure your answer is sensible.
If you’re part of a sports team or community group, this is great to mention as it shows that you can work in a team or enjoy helping others.
If you enjoy reading industry blogs or watching webinars on the weekend, it’s great to mention this too. But, if you don’t do these things, don’t lie. It can be very obvious when someone is just trying to say the right thing to impress someone, risky business though (particularly if they ask you a supplementary question about your blag.......!)
Cycling, watching the cricket or trying out new recipes are all good enough answers, don't forget employers and managers are humans with lives outside of work too. People like to know who they're going to be working alongside, be open and share what you like, it is interesting!
Online courses that you might wish to consider – all of these offer free courses in a wide variety of subjects
The Open university has many courses that you can access https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
Don’t forget that BBC Bitesize starts this week with lots of lessons at all levels for schools which include online and TV based learning. Click here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - WISH live vacancies
Each week we have had people successfully getting new roles, whether these are to begin immediately or with delayed starts. Most interviews are being done either on the phone or by Skype of similar. If you would like to do a practice run with someone, we can organise that for you and you will get feedback. Email us for more details.
Keeping your mental health strong
Maintaining good Mental Health is extra important at the moment, so we thought that we would introduce you to some different ideas/websites each week. Horsham District Council have gathered a number of links for you to try.
Click on this link - Horsham District Council Mental Health Services
Colouring is no longer just for children! It has been proven that colouring in has enormous anti-stress effects, allowing us to find tranquillity, reduce anxiety and improve mindfulness. Horsham Museum has produced a fabulous colouring sheet which incorporates many of Horsham's buildings, see which ones you can identify. Click on this link - Horsham Town Colouring Sheet
Immersive relaxation tracks to use at home are kindly shared here by Chailey Heritage Foundation, click here - link to tracks
Don’t forget, if you're feeling overwhelmed or need urgent help it is very important to get it. Click here to find out how - NHS link
The links and sources contained in this document came via West Sussex's Hub Central - Wellbeing and Mental Health Apps
Maintaining Good Physical Health is just as important
The Wellbeing team, who many of you met at WISH, continue to support. Why not give them a call or email if they can help? You can also access the team's newsletter by clicking here - Wellbeing Newsletter
Suggestions from you!
We would love to hear from you what things are keeping you going – if we get enough, we will start a separate page to share ideas and recommendations. Why not write a poem or send us a picture of something you have done?
If you like reading, then WSCC Libraries have started a virtual book club on Facebook. Click here - virtual Book Club
Lesley has been busy with her crocheting, when she is not on the phone talking to some of you! She has made a little Key Worker Bear for her grandson as a keepsake, isn't it lovely!? We look forward to seeing your creative efforts, including the Horsham Town Colouring page if you like.
Supermarkets have all adapted and changed the way they work in the current circumstances, whether it is opening hours, preferential slots of key-workers or vouchers etc. This document gives you some information on the different retailers which hopefully will be of help.
As always, we are committed to helping you on your journey towards employment so please get in touch if we can help you in any way. It has been great to speak, text or email with many of you over the last couple of weeks and hear how you are getting on. We are really looking forward to hearing about your skills, if you would like to share them, and helping you to develop them.
Please take care of yourselves and call or email if you need to talk, or if we can help with anything.
Richard and Mel.
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