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A year in the life of the club Welfare officer

"What can I say, except what a year!” That’s an understatement really; it started off really well with the first club champs race of the year, one of my favourite races the Riverbank Rollick.  But then it all went pear shaped as the coronavirus decided to try and take over the world.  It has changed peoples lives and has had a big impact on us all, some have lost livelihoods, some have lost loved ones, and some have struggled with the loneliness and isolations of lockdown. It’s been such a tough year on us all, and my heart goes out to you all.  EGRC have tried to lighten the load and I have to give a shout out to our Captains, Committee, Run Leaders and our enthusiastic and innovative contributors who kept our spirits up by setting us challenges to help keep us motivated.

Not being able to come to club and mix with you all has made it different for the Welfare Officer role, which relies on me being there with you making myself known and, hopefully, approachable, and reminding you that the club has a Welfare Officer.  Should you ever need our help, contact is always confidential.  However, the past year has not been so quiet, as Welfare has dealt with and supported a member with an issue external to the club, responded to complaints from members, sent out Covid alerts, and responded to members who just needed someone to listen.  Welfare can’t magic things better for you, but can point you in the right direction to get professional help and support you along the way.  

The Welfare role is a new role within EGRC and ideally the club should have two Welfare officers,  if you are interested in taking on a Welfare role and working alongside the Committee then please let me know and I will forward you the details to consider.

As we move towards that other stressful time called Christmas, take stock and try not to complicate life :-

Missing Someone.  -    Call them
Want to meet up.  -   Invite them
Want to be understood.  -   Explain
Have Questions?    -   Ask
Don’t like something   -   Say it
Like Something.  -   State it
Want something.  -   Ask for it
Love Someone.  -   Tell them 

We just have one life, keep it simple!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.  Here’s hoping 2021 will be full of positivity. 

Pam Beattie