We are midway into the ‘Djeran’ season, represented by the colour green and it is the time of year where the cooler weather is with us. We see changes to the weather, the flora and fauna and also in our behaviour. Moving away from the warmth and the outdoor activities to those that are often more indoors based. This change got me thinking about what ‘change’ has meant, and will mean, at ConnectGroups. I reflected on the six months since I took up post and the numerous, multifaceted activities that I have been involved in and the amazing members that I have had the opportunity to interact with, those I have yet to meet, and, of course, the importance of peer support for so many. I also thought about the exciting plans we are formulating for the future, to ensure that we extend our reach, and engage with our members in different ways.
Looking at, exploring, and examining what has happened in the past, taking the time to reflect, and then learning from our past experiences, is critical in the change process as it often informs us and enables us to look forward. In this context, at ConnectGroups we have had a busy month, and for some of our activities we have been engaging heavily in this type of reflection as we work on memberships, workshops, research projects, our systems, processes and procedures, strategic planning, and event planning and coordination, just to name a few.
By examining past successes and things that didn’t go so well (we are human, and it happens!) as a team we have identified patterns, trends, and insights that will inform our future endeavours. At the same time, it's important to "leave the past behind" once the lessons have been learned. This means acknowledging but not dwelling on them or allowing them to hold us back. Instead, we are choosing to use our newfound knowledge and insights to make more informed decisions and move forward with confidence. With that comes a renewed energy and motivation to complete our strategic plan that will enable us to serve our community better. More of that to come in the very near future.
Finally, we have had public holidays for Easter and Anzac Day; while it is important to take time to remember and honour those who have served and sacrificed for their country, we should also make sure we are taking care of our own physical and emotional wellbeing. These days can provide important opportunities for rest, rejuvenation, and reflection. By balancing all the hard work within our Support Groups with rest and reflection, we are better equipped to deal with whatever comes our way. At ConnectGroups we have regular Wellness Days where staff can choose an activity that supports their physical and mental health and wellbeing. I am extremely proud of the team here at ConnectGroups who chose to attend the World Transplant Games (more below) as their wellness activity, and even more proud that the team were invited to present some of the medals to these wonderful athletes.