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Acrostic Volunteering

Valued

#Socs #Val #Valued

Volunteers….

as you know – they don’t get paid but

lots of them sign up for the tasks they are given – it’s

up to them how many hours they do but

every day you’ll see them – aiding the cause

day by day – doing jobs for more esteem than finance

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Character Life Memories Memory Poetry

What makes me

#Octpowrimo #Whoami

A notable thing is character

Being ones self

Creative experiences that

Define who you are

Even if its the only thing they’ll know you for

A few bumps and scratches along the way

Brain ops and chicken pox two little obstacles

Cerebral Palsy and “Juvenile arthritis” the other

Determination to walk and overcome the obstacles

Each medical “Expert” put in my path

A smile and friendly ear to all

Beavering away at a project or two

Crafting works with my camera (or pen and paper)

Delivering talks at a place of learning

Every week of the year

A keen reader, and audiobook listener

Bookshelves crammed with well known authors

Cricket shares space with Football (soccer) and Sci-Fi

Discworld stories and Tommy Cooper

Each book a page turner

A Family Album, now replaced by SD Cards

Brought to life by an electronic photo frame

Collated scribbles published by others

Don their own little space on the bookshelf as

Excited Spectators and Visitors are greeted by me

And memories of friends and family are all around

Behind individual knick-knacks sat in their spots

Commonwealth memories to

Days of academic achievement

Each one a little piece of the Jigsaw that makes me

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Poetry

What’s Awesome?

#Fowc #Awesome

Salford 4th June 2019

If this reads a bit like a list – It’s not supposed to be!

Rainbow list of all my stuff that makes my life awesome!

Things I’ve done, Places I’ve seen

Being a cog as part of a much larger machine

Taking up writing as self – therapy

Helping out run some great events for free

Colourful Image of Imperial war museum in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
Imperial war museum , Greater Manchester (with a splash of colour)

Greeting students at the museum door

Laying down tiles of a competition floor

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Artwork of Greek Acropolis, Rhodes

Rising to heights of an ancient scene

Keeping a log of the places I’ve been

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Acrostic Freedom of Expression Life Poetry

Commitment

An acrostic in response to Iscriblrs freedom of expression challenge

Could it be

Over time and days

Moments you would call ‘voluntary’, were

Much more that that, as

In time you invest … something more than money

The effort, the graft and all for

Mere thanks for filling in the role

Expected

Noted perhaps, at a particular point in

the organisations calendar

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Pleasures Poetry Volunteering

Six Words : Volunteering

New Year : Back to the coalface

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IWM North Museums Photography Places Travel War Weaponry World War II

Inky takes to the water

Venue : HMS Belfast, London

Date : 20th February 2018

Early morning for me yesterday, as i took up the chance to visit another branch of the Imperial War Museum.

As a Member of the Volunteer Team at IWM North, I’d been to Duxford, and Headquarters in London…but yesterday gave me the opportunity to visit a branch of the museum i hadnt been to, HMS Belfast, Anchored on a branch of the River Thames.

Walking around the sections of the boat, we got to see everything from Navigation to how sailors slept on board and a view of the engine room…the heart of the ship that made it move through the water, we were also given a little bit of the boats history and its role in world war two, escorting civilian ships against attack during the Arctic Convoy Missions

We were given a full tour of the cruiser by one of the Yeoman of the Ship, before being given a lunch in the galley and opportunity to explore for ourselves.

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HMS Belfast Nameplate
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HMS Belfasts Guns, with Memorials and Bell
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Deactivated Seamine, Now used by HMS Belfast for Donations
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View of Tower Bridge (From the Bridge)
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BASIC Life Volunteering

Summat’s Brewing

Teacup

Tea

Salford, 29th June 2017

New day, new morning, New opportunity.

Granted, it might not be paid.  But I’m working with some great people

I’m approaching my new role with little baby steps (odd for a 40-odd yr old) and all with a smile!

taking and delivering orders, brewing cuppas, washing pots and pans and waiting tables

all in the familiar surroundings of the Brain & Spinal Injury Centre in Salford.

 

Processes ? learning how to turn on the cafeteiere (posh machine for heating the brews) and mastering the art of the till have been difficult – but i’ve managed!

even down to the zen mastery, that is how others have their brews….

and for Those wondering if i’ve kicked my museum work into touch – you need not worry – i’ll be back there on Monday!

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Arts IWM North Museum Museums Volunteering War

Fashion on the Ration

Salford 5th January 2017

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This afternoon, I’ve been helping out at Imperial War Museum North just over the bridge from Salford, by the banks of the Manchester ship canal.

Regular readers will know I help out with the computers on the “Your History” information point and throughout the Main exhibition space.  Well, Today I’ve been directing visitors by the special gallery and giving assistance where necessary.

Clothes from Rationed Fabric.

The special gallery covers the time in British history where clothes were rationed, in order to preserve fuel and resources during war time.

As part of the exhibition – a special handling collection has been created, by some of the volunteers with help from the museum staff.  This is shown on our Information station, where volunteers and veterans talk about specific objects and the tales behind them.

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Health Life Volunteering

Martyrdom

Martyr

I’m a martyr to my aches and pains

I Really Despise that phrase with a passion.

There’s a reason for this.  Firstly, when I was born (a month early – apparently), I didn’t ask for the conditions that were thrown at me.

I’m split – in some ways – in the fact that without the installation of the Shunt Valve in my head – to treat Hydrocephalus –  I’d either be dead, or be unable to walk and function properly.  I’ve learned to live with the occasional involuntary throwing up, the balance problems, the toilet thing and the difficulties with my co-ordination…and oh..er…what’s that other thing again?  Memory!! (Ha Ha!)

However, its a pain in the backside on a regular basis.

Add in the Cerebral Palsy (YES, I walk a bit funny) and there are days I Really feel like staying in bed….the Juvenile Arthritis (Nothing Juvenile about it) was a nice touch delivered from the orthopaedic clinic

Anky…losing …Spondy….litis ….. the rheumatic disease thats doing its best to fuse my back together….whoopee.

If I do moan however – its because i’m in REAL pain, and on those days – i’ll stay in bed to recouperate

How do I keep going…..?   Keeping occupied 😁

The Government of my country felt the need to Park me recently from doing any Paid work, (mainly down to the Memory thing).  But that hasn’t stopped me from ‘working’.  A Number of organisations (Sporting and Museum – based) would be screaming blue murder if I were ever to say I were unavailable….

Now though – its as if they think i’m putting this on….

Someone in Governance in the UK said “Everyone should be working” – It must have impressed the head honcho – it got them a seat with a title in the Upper House of Parliament.

I don’t think their agents read the script – no body at the job centre actually read my skillset / need assessment from disability services.  If they want me to work – brilliant, I’ll start tomorrow…just as long as I get some support in what i’m doing.

(Cue the theme to Mission impossible)

But for now, I’ll just get on with my photography, my blogging, helping out at the sports arena and war museum and (if they want me) events in the area

Anyone without a disability/condition want to call themselves a martyr?  Feel free to contact me, there’s thousands more worse off than me – and they’re getting attacked too – by individuals who really should know better.

I’m just getting on with the day on an hourly basis – i’m no martyr – don’t call me one.

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Food Life Museum Poetry

Thursday Afternoon 4PM

#Weekendcoffeeshare

Sat in a coffee house of Italian Style

Giving my feet a rest for a while

having traversed the floor of a great gallery

my feet need a rest – and I start to agree

 

I order a late lunch – between two bread rolls

and sit down at table to rest up my soles

and whilst I am waiting – I read a good story

one that is funny and not at all gory

 

And as I wait, the steam it just rises

as barista puts in a cup of surprises

toffee flavour bits in my cocoa of day

a flavour that’s tasty in its own special way

 

But here comes my late lunch – tomatoes and meat

with cheese and salami – a real special treat

and as I tuck in, I’ve enjoyed my day

Sandwich brightening the weather, despite all the grey.