As this is the last Pulse Newsletter before Christmas, I wanted to wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday. 2021 continued to be immensely challenging for organisations and communities, but the sector has shown tremendous commitment and resilience, working flexibly and innovatively to ensure that people remain connected to services and support. We know that sustaining work in our communities in such pressured times can come at a cost – burn out, anxiety and reduced time and capacity to think strategically and plan for the future. If you are struggling with any of these things, please know that you are not alone. We are stronger when we share our common challenges and work together to build trusting relationships that can empower us to make it through the toughest times.
I am grateful to so many of you who have collaborated with OCVA and supported me personally this year. I also want to thank the OCVA staff team for all of their efforts, with a special mention to Caroline Marques who will be starting a new job in January. Caroline has been with OCVA for 8 years and has made a tremendous contribution to our team – particularly in her work growing our training offer over the last 12 months. Good luck Caroline, we know you will be brilliant in your new role!
Please try and create some time to rest and recharge and I look forward to working together and supporting our sector to be the best it can be in 2022.