We’re taking a hiatus.

It was actually a pretty easy decision to come to. Last year it would have been more difficult.

What we’ve seen is that the need and demand for our services and those like ours is enormous, but the deployment of them with our partners in local authorities and SEN schools is much more difficult to achieve in the conditions and in our format.

We’re coming up to 8 years old in a few months, and we think we’ve done great work with so many young people in that time, but over the last 12-24 months we’ve seen the dynamics change and we thought it was the right time to take a pause and reevaluate.

We think the SEN school staff, social workers and other local authority staff are doing an amazing job and they should have the full support of everyone in the community. Their jobs are demanding, constantly evolving and resources are spread thinly. In the circumstances they’re doing really well.

We’re going to take 12 months to see how things change and will reconvene then to come up with a plan. Until then, a huge thank you to everyone who we’ve worked with and who’s supported us – we’ll see you.

The MSH team. 💗

About last night

What a night!!!

I popped up at the mini CICC in Easterside (thanks Beth for the invite) to chat to the group of young people there. I wanted to focus on aspiration and happiness which I managed to get across, after getting control of the mini CICC bear (think: talking stick). It went well and there were lots of questions from the young people – a product of small groups but I’m always happy when it happens.

After that there was another speaker, Stuart, who turns out to be the new head of service. What an amazing guy with lots of insightful things to say and a pile of the right intent. Just listening to him talk to the young people had me inspired.

We chatted afterwards. He said no to cake, I didn’t. The more we talked the more I liked him.

My parting words to him were “I’m pumped to have met you”. I can’t wait for our next meeting.

I also made him a coffee. Thanks Easterside Community Hub – we owe you 2x coffees.

Steve. x