As we are now well into the New Year, I am reminded of the quote, “Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again”. How true that is!
It has been a busy start to the year for True Colours, with a number of new referrals to the organisation, highlighting the multi-layered complexity of caring for a child who is seriously unwell. At times it can be overwhelming and scary with the uncertainty of what the future holds with a new diagnosis, bringing a sense of helplessness and powerlessness when trying to plan ahead and set goals as a family.
At the beginning of a new year, there is a sense of wondering what the months ahead will hold. Reflecting on the last year, many families have felt they did well to get through it, but it has taken enormous courage and energy. Some families will certainly resonate with the quote of needing to take a deep breath and start again.
We have great pleasure in welcoming Mary Orpin into the team. Mary is a counsellor new to True Colours. Previously Mary has been a nurse, early childhood teacher and owned her own literacy business; therefore she brings this valuable experience, along with her counselling skills, into the work of True Colours. Due to the continued growth and development of True Colours, having another team member on board has become essential.
In May of this year, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. That is quite a milestone and one worth celebrating. Every day, I am reminded of the generosity of the community. The children and families receiving support from True Colours would not have had the support they require without the strong consistent support of the community. It is indeed a true community organisation, and our thanks go to each and every one of you who has made this possible. We have only managed to get to 10 years as an organisation because of the many people who have supported us.
As Mother Teresa said –
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
As we all do our small part in the world to help and support each other, we have a sense of community, and it is made easier to ‘take a deep breath and start again’.