How different it could have been.

Life is good. I mean really good. For the first time in my professional career I have a better working life than I could ever have dreamed. This afternoon, I had the very great pleasure of sharing a part of me with a room full of CIPD Steps Ahead Mentors in Manchester. I have the […]

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A Lasting Impression – Post #ConnectingHRAfrica Reflections

Back in April, I shared with you why I applied for #ConnectingHRAfrica. Here are my reflections. On 9th September 2016, Ten HR professionals embarked on a trip, the first of it’s kind, to Kampala in Uganda with the sole aim to use our skills and knowledge to support Retrak, their staff and the street children […]

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Footprints – The Final Chapter #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 6. Our last with Retrak. It has been 4 days since we last visited Clubhouse, a centre for boys. What a welcome. This little one almost had me off my feet when I arrived; then we danced. It was absolutely bloody wonderful. Our last day with the boys was going to go […]

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Amazing & Resourceful #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 5 What a contrast to how I felt yesterday. This morning, we used our skills to deliver leadership development and coaching to the senior management team of Retrak Uganda. An afternoon of 121’s followed. What an experience! The day started with an introduction to everyone in Retrak’s Head Office followed by a […]

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I’m Sorry #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 4. I feel really guilty about what I am about to write. Today we visited the girls centre in Kampala. The rest of the team had already spent time here but, because the flight of the “London Three” was delayed for 24hrs, this was my first experience. The rest of our team […]

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Better Late, Than Never #ConnectingHRAfrica

#ConnectingHRAfrica – Day 3 Today, I cried. Like, proper sobbed. I hadn’t expected it nor had I prepared for it. I sat in the bath, shower running, and had a proper cry. If I know that I am likely to be in such an emotional situation, I can prepare, close down, become clinical and limit […]

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

Day 2 in Uganda with #ConnectingHRAfrica. Where do I start? I woke this morning to the most glorious sunrise. A new day, warmth and a sense of hope was upon us. Hope that today, our first withe the whole team, would see our skills, personalities and hearts enable us to contribute to the very fabulous […]

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Friendships.

Friday 9th September 12:30pm. Two cases are crammed packed full of things for the children; games, footballs, cones, sewing machine, microscope, fossils, crayons, paints, chalks, football kits; you name it, it was in there. My clothes for the 8 days I am spending with the Charity, Retrak, are in a small bag. I may have snuck […]

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Giving Back Is The Least I Can Do

At this very moment in three weeks time I, along with nine other magnificent people, will be boarding a flight to Kampala in Uganda to volunteer with the charity Retrak. Retrak reaches out to the children who have been forgotten by their communities, children who have no one else to turn to. Their work and […]

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Thank you

In April, I applied to join a group of inspirational people who will do something life changing for others. Connecting HR Africa. These phenomenal people, who I am so proud to be joining, head out to Uganda volunteering for 8 days to work with Retrak charity who believe that no child should be forced to […]

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