Flourishing in North Wales report – Artisans Collective

I am so pleased as part of Artisans Collective to be included in the annual report “Flourishing in North Wales” of Director of Public Health for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Source: Flourishing in North Wales report – Artisans Collective

Long Forest Hedgerow Planting – Morfa Gateway Prestatyn

Volunteers from Hedgehog Help Prestatyn, PDEA, Dyserth WI & lots more working with Denbighshire Countryside Service, as part of the Long Forest project.

Source: Long Forest Hedgerow Planting – Morfa Gateway Prestatyn

Questions and Answers reflection on a hard week.

Questions – “Matters requiring resolution or discussion”.

Answer – “A solution to a problem.”

In an average week we get asked lots of questions whilst we are volunteering at Artisans Collective at the Old Library in Prestatyn.

Usually between Myself, Steve and Google we can answer them. From simple directions, the daily question “Is this not a library anymore?” To more complex questions linked with our community activities including Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community

What was different this week?

Have the questions have been more challenging or complex? – Answer yes! 

I am constantly questioning what I am doing. Hopefully that is a good thing?

The 30 thought-provoking questions I often ask myself, generally have no right or wrong answers.

  1. Who am I really?
  2. What worries me most about the future?
  3. If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
  4. What am I really scared of?
  5. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?
  6. If not now, then when?
  7. What matters most in my life?
  8. What am I doing about the things that matter most in my life?
  9. What do I matter?
  10. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
  11. Have I made someone smile today?
  12. What have I given up on?
  13. When did I last push the boundaries of my comfort zone?
  14. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
  15. What small act of kindness was I once shown that I will never forget?
  16. How shall I live, knowing I will die?
  17. What do I need to change about myself?
  18. Is it more important to love or be loved?
  19. How many of my friends would I trust with my life?
  20. Who has had the greatest impact on my life?
  21. Would I break the law to save a loved one?
  22. Would I steal to feed a starving child?
  23. What do I want most in life?
  24. What is life calling of me?
  25. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
  26. If I try to fail, and succeed, which have I done?
  27. What’s the one thing I’d like others to remember about me at the end of my life?
  28. Does it really matter what others think about me?
  29. To what degree have I actually controlled the course my life has taken?
  30. When it’s all said and done, will I have said more than I’ve done?

Some of these questions might make others uncomfortable. But it’s important to remember they give us valuable insight on ourselves and could guide us to live in ways that bring the most happiness. I believe these are questions worth asking every day.

My parents taught me “You will only get out of life what you put into it”.

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I often refer back to when I was racing and apply the same mindset to what we are doing now running a community organisation, things like:

Supply the racing car with, the correct amount of maintenance by correctly trained technicians, the correct lubricants, the correct replacement parts and components, the correct engineering practices, the correct driving techniques , etc.

In return you will get a winning car and team.

Some people may call it Cause and Effect, some Karma, myself being a trained engineer would rather use Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion, which states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Next question – what has this got to do with today?

Very often during our community voluntary work we say “we only do what other citizens want us to do”. Our ethos has been highlighted by a number of important organisations in Wales. 

The only way we find out what people want is by listening. Not telling them what they need, but listening to what they would like.

http://www.ageingwellinwales.com/Libraries/Documents/Prestatyn-Artisans-A4-eng.pdf
Please click the link to find out more from The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

We have been asked a number of questions this week and are currently looking for the solutions. We have a number of great things lined up that may help us over the next few days.

Including the launch of the Torello Lounge on Wednesday, Which will be great because of the link with ourselves.

Working with Sound Radio Wales and a presentation to our Health Board about social prescribing.

With lots of other work going on and our usual voluntary community activities.

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