Bella’s story

 

Hello.  My name is Bella I am one of Qube’s Social Group and Befriending Co-Ordinators. I also have a role within the Social Prescribing Development team and with Community Connectors. I work closely with voluntary sector organisations Shropshire Council, as well as lots of small groups, organisations and individuals in the community.

I have worked for Qube for about a year and a half having worked previously in public libraries.

A typical day at Qube involves me in a lot of activities: communicating via email, telephone and in person, sharing information and organising Community Connectors’ Networking meetings.

I am involved with planning and organising our successful weekly Social Group meetings, working with our wonderful Volunteers to create a safe and welcoming environment.  I’m always looking for groups and organisations who would like to be in Qube’s Local Directory and support our Social Prescribing Programme.  (Do get in touch if you or your organisation would like to be included in the directory or speaker programme.) To date speakers have included astronomers, the Wildlife Trust, chocolate makers and scam awareness professionals.

The things I love most about my role are many! No two days are the same; there is always a variety of things to do. I enjoy meeting and working with some fabulous people, individuals and groups, helping to build and strengthen relationships through networking meetings, communications and matching up volunteers with Qube members. I enjoy being creative and planning a varied programme of speakers and activities.

I’ve made working from home fun by listening to music.  It’s been good to stay in touch with my colleagues especially on our online messaging tool, which links everyone at home, and we can see each other. Talking to my cuddly toy (Beyoncé) helps too.

I am missing being with my colleagues, the hot water urn which provides tea (with biscuits) – frequently, working with all Qube’s group members, community groups and volunteers and looking round our art gallery.

When things get back to ‘normal’ there’s a lot I have planned; my full list is too long to mention everything:

  1. hug my family and friends whether they like it or not!
  2. get a massage, my hair and nails done
  3. go to the beach
  4. do a repair café
  5. book tickets for trips and activities, including the Foundling Museum in London, Winchester Cathedral to see the kneelers

My favourite biscuit of all times is a Kimberley Biscuit (ginger sponge and marshmallow).

My top three lock-down songs are

  1. Chandelier – Sia
  2. I Won’t Complain – Benjamin Clementine
  3. I Can’t Help Myself – The Four Tops

 

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