I have just made a BIG change. At first I was nervous about it but it soon proved to be to right decision.
I have left my job!
My beloved mental health outreach worker role!
It was my third year in mental health outreach, prior to that was a couple of year in Drug and Alcohol support work. So I needed a bit of a break before I burnt out.
Next week I will start a short contract with a very small Non Government Organisation (NGO) for 4 months and then who knows!
My last week was lovely but very emotional. Saying goodbye to the amazing people (clients), some of whom i have known for 3 years. Receiving gifts (see the flowers above) from people who can hardly afford bus fare - because they wanted me to "know they cared". I received very touching cards that I will keep forever and most startling was the heartfelt and very unexpected hug I received from a man I know as most UN demonstrative and withdrawn - not a hugger myself, I really understood what this meant for him to go outside his comfort zone like that.
My colleagues sent me off after a wonderful breakfast out and lovely gifts. It is a good feeling to leave a job without bitterness, with full closure, people saying I will be missed. Moving on because the time had come. It's a good feeling.