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May 3rd, 2008

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08:38 am - Off for the long weekend
I am just off to the Peak District for the long weekend. Hope the weather is OK.

I've been accepted as a volunteer (actually a trainee volunteer) to man a phone line for the Anxiety Alliance* who give support to people suffering from panic attacks and anti-depressant withdrawal and the like. This would just be for four hours a week. Quite intensive training and then a long probation period, so plenty of time for me to make a mess of it.

*ETA Awful website isn't it? I see they say their helpline is only open 10am-4pm, but they have asked me if I can work evenings, so I wonder if they are trying to expand their coverage.

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Date:May 3rd, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
That pink is disgusting!
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Date:May 3rd, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I don't think it's soothing. BTW we must discuss arrangements for next weekend after I get back from this short hols. I was thinking we might go to a folk/acoustic night at the Hope and Anchor on Friday night, but it depends how tired you are likely to be.
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Date:May 3rd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Crikey, I see what you mean about the web site. But the aims are good, and your gift for listening and understanding - and the experience that you've had with your course and related work - must make you someone they'll be glad to have. Is the work something that you would do from home?

Have a great long weekend!
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Date:May 3rd, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
Thanks glitterboy, I would like to extend my experience. Yes, they redirect calls to your own phone for the 'shift'. I'm not sure how they do the training, but I think there's some face to face.
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Date:May 3rd, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
It's lovely at the moment. You should have mentioned the Peak District earlier - it would have been nice to try and meet up!
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Date:May 3rd, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
Have a great weekend.

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