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Item No.2 North Wales, 'Hope in Healthcare'

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    At the Facilitator Retreat’ Going Further, Going Deeper’ in November 2011, held at the Global Retreat Centre in Oxford, the facilitators were introduced to the short workshop on ‘Hope in Healthcare’ that invites participants to be more hopeful in self and at work and to develop a more positive attitude.

     John Fleet from the North Wales VIHASA Group has had the opportunity to run this module a couple of times this month. “The big success for me was Emily Dickenson’s poem on hope and I made a copy for everyone and used it to discuss what she meant by hope, and how we could talk about our ideas of hope.”

    The session culminates in a creative group exercise to design the front page of a newspaper with hopeful and good news stories - this generated a variety of hope filled names from Sunshine Gazette, Sunshine News to Good News Daily and Sunny Times.

    One group drew their inspiration from nursery rhymes and headlines ran along the lines of  ‘Jack and Jill have hot and cold running water’  and  ‘Food Found in Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard’, whilst a group of teachers with a wicked sense of humour opted for ‘Chickenpox hits naughty children; peace and quiet in school!’ Business headlines included ‘Greed Shocker: bankers refuse bonuses!’ and Fashion news provided ‘Focus on Inner Beauty',


    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune--without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I've heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me



      Emiliy Dickinson

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