The care team have had a busy few months so far in 2015, continuing to meet with individuals and families in their homes, out and about in cafes and clinics, and working with emerging and ongoing challenges, as well as celebrating and acknowledging the positive moments. Our hope is to continue with our ongoing family care projects, as well as putting together respite activities for young people and individuals’, depending on funding and client needs. This is always a huge focus of the summer months as there are more opportunities to come together, joining in on activities and continuing to build relationships. We are receiving new referrals from various hospitals, which gives further opportunity to support and care for those living with and affected by HIV.
Upon some reflection, we see our care work a bit like preparing for the Irish weather – you never know exactly what it will bring, but you try to be prepared for whatever is coming! You acknowledge the rainstorms and work through them, but rejoice when the sunshine is out and appreciate every moment of it. Some days are chaotic, some are beautiful and many of them are mixed but it really does seem so much easier when you have someone you trust who shows up and stands with you throughout it all. The care team aim to be the ones who show up in the midst of this, communicating to those we work with, “I hear you, I see you, and I’m here with you.” With the plans we have in place, we also want to acknowledge the space where God leads us to stand in the gap of hardship or isolation or hunger or sickness. We plan to help find goodness and beauty throughout hardships and disappointments, to unearth discarded joy and use it as a resource through those personal battles. Alongside these ideals for clients, we continue to help source the practical and emotional ways that ACET’s collaborative relationship fits into their life stories.
We look forward to the summer and all of the adventures and opportunities for relationship-building that lie ahead – whether it’s practical resourcing for clients, long chats over cups of tea in an inner-city cafe, a DART journey with young people headed back from the beach singing One Direction songs, or sitting beside someone in an overcrowded hospital; we are blessed to be in it with them, and pray for goodness and joy to abound in it all.
We closed out 2014 visiting with clients and client families and offering practical support in the form of Christmas hampers. What has been striking about the start of the New Year is the need for many people to talk, reflect and take the necessary time to refocus before moving forward in to 2015. It is at this critical moment ACET care staff spend time planning and discussing with clients how we can continue to support them with ongoing needs while also establishing new goals in areas including health, finances and family relationships. While we look forward to seeing what 2015 holds for our care work we recognise that it is these times of transition which often act as a reference point as challenges emerge in the months that follow. With this in mind our work will prioritise this time allowing it to frame care strategies as we wait to see how the year unfolds.
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