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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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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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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98 days to go…

With 98 days to go, before I head to Africa to volunteer for 8 days, I am so thankful to be surrounded by awesome people. That’s you! Big loves to Amanda Arrowsmith for pushing me over my 50% mark for Retrak Charity. £1005.00 raised. I am blown away! Not wanting to just do the bare […]

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Why I applied for #ConnectingHRAfrica

Thank you so much for reading this blog. It’s a long one so grab yourself a brew and settle in. If you are able to share this post, after you have read it, or help with donations, I know that myself, Retrak and Team Margot Foundation are immensely grateful and thankful for every single penny […]

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Don’t take a chance on me

We are constantly reminded of the difficulties young people face getting in to work. Currently, there are an estimated 958, 000 unemployed 16-24 year olds in the UK. The ONS provide us with these latest sad stats regarding young people in the labour market for June to August 2013, seasonally adjusted. How many of these are care leavers? […]

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