Thank You

I have been lucky enough to work with a charity called Endeavour this year. The illustration below was created by one of our fabulous learners along with the inscription, “Thank you for helping us to find our space – Class of 2019“… So chuffed with that and yes, a little teary with lump in my…

Profundity or Profanity? Thoughts on Summer Cycling by Indigo Kelly- Forest

Profundity was always my aim. To roll endlessly, allowing my true intellectual capacity to flow freely into the universe. Enlightening my inner adventurer to absorb the immeasurable. This is considerably easier on my trusty two-wheeled tourer, meandering through the cornucopia of cultures which is Europe. I, am European. The unitiatiated observer may well consider my…

Short Story Competition Winner

Through volunteering at Clumber Park, a National Trust property in the Midlands, I became interested in organising a short story competition with the title, “The Bridge”. I piloted the competition with young learners at Endeavour, based in Burngreave, Sheffield. This is the winning entry written by Lorena who has been a student at Endeavour since…

The Elusive Tulips

I don’t know if anyone else remembers the cold, dark summer we had a few years ago? It was a grim start to the year when NOTHING grew. I had the romantic notion that I would take my two little ones to the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands for our Easter holiday and we would…

What I do and Why

I write stories for charities, individuals and projects which I believe in.

Why I Volunteer in a Dusty Cupboard (Second-hand Bookshop)

A sense of anticipation in my head and heart. What treasures will I find today? The door is thickened by burgundy paint, a heritage colour. I enter the combination, turn the silver dial to the left and the lock opens. My eyes adjust to the darkness before I click on the strip light that flickers…

How Do You Talk To Strangers?

As a bookshop volunteer at The National Trust, I’m very fond of striking up conversations with strangers over books, cake and coffee.  That’s one of the great things about working for a charity: that you are allowed to listen and interact.  It is those kinds of conversations which brighten up your day and it is…

The Pros and Cons of Marginal Gains (so 2012)

Listen to any management guru or performance coach and they’ll bang on about the joy of marginal gains, an over-generalised theory adapted and exemplified from models used by David Brailsford at British Cycling.  Sure, every little thing you do contributes incrementally to your success.  Many of us know this.  We make the most of it,…