Personal reflections from our CEO, Caroline

I’ve never been so busy. Ever.

Physically busy. Mentally busy.

Problem solving issues for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project… finding a way to keep vulnerable people in service and reach out to those hitting crisis in new and innovative ways.

To consider how we keep supporting people bereaved by suicide who, in the worst times of their life may not get answers for a really long time due to court changes, or who may not be able to hold a funeral the way they want to.

My heart breaks.

Today we set up a food bank. After literally working every waking minute to help our team navigate these waters and work with our NHS and Public Health colleagues to sustain the vital health infrastructure that literally keeps people alive – we then set up a new endeavour within the wonderful East Leake community.

As ever, if you create an opportunity for people to show up and do good, they do.

I’m now in discussions to work with some amazing yoga tutors to host remote and live yoga sessions to help the people we work with, manage the excessive pressure this is already putting on their lives.

It’s Saturday night. We, as a family have worked today with our beautiful son in his high vis vest directing food donations.

We’re trying to hold steadfast for everyone we help and for our very anxious little people. If, in this time of crisis the people we help and our children know that:

1. Their parents and our service have got them and they’re safe in that support

2. What we can each do for others is an essential value to share and is both vital and present at this time

3. That they can breathe and at some points laugh and feel joy and sleep at night

Then we’ve done well.

If all else fails, put on a swimming hat and have a dance like Iris. #belikeiris

If you’re in crisis, get in touch

In these uncertain times, our suicide crisis service at The Tomorrow Project is here and will continue to be here to support you.

Drop us an email at crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk or a voice message on 0115 8800282 and the team will get back to you.

We can see you face to face or remotely if you are worried about going out right now.

We will remain open during the Coronavirus crisis and our wonderful team are determined to be there for anyone who needs us.

Give us a shout; it might be the best decision you ever make and it might just save your life or that if someone you love.

Shout out of thanks and appeal for support.

This is a shout out for support.

I’m Caroline. The CEO of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.

We’ve fought exceptionally hard this week to keep the service open against the odds.

We could have accepted we needed to close, but the people we help need us. People come to us when they are desperate, so we’re staying open.

We don’t get sick pay so my team wouldn’t be paid to be at home even if that were an option, which it isn’t.

My team are the kindest and most wonderful people, with families and homes and value who are worried and unsettled at this time too.

So we’re open. But we’re tired.

Our salaries are very low for what we do, but we’re lucky enough to still be in jobs.

We’re respected in our field and trusted to still be there for people even when times are hard.

But please, if you can grab an extra jar of coffee, or packet of biscuits, or have an old iPhone that you can donate, then please do.

We haven’t time to trawl the shops for basic supplies, we’re working long hours to problem solve the current climate.

We’re not classed as an ‘emergency service’ so don’t get complimentary anything.

We don’t have laptops that would allow us to work from home, we really are doing a lot on very little.

We’re helping to keep the system afloat but we really could do with some moral support.

Anything you can do, please shout up.

Thank you from a very tired but determined CEO who’s also exceptionally proud of the people who support me in doing my job. They’re often not the ones who are visible, but without them, right now, I wouldn’t be able to say

“If you need us, we’re here”

But I can!

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

Harmless are pleased to offer this exciting opportunities to join our passionate team and help us save lives. We are looking for dynamic individuals, who are willing to develop their skills; work outside the box and challenge themselves.

We are currently recruiting for a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer to join our team.

There is no set deadline for the Suicide Bereavement Support Officer role and we will  be interviewing periodically. Once this position has been filled we will no longer be accepting applications, therefore applying early is advised.

Click here to download the application pack for the Suicide Bereavement Support Officer role

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JOB TITLE: 
Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

HOURS: 
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY: 
Up to £21,819 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)

Please note: Work as part of this role will take place across Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire, therefore driving will be a necessary part of the role applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.

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Click here to download the application pack for the Suicide Bereavement Support Officer role

 

If you have any questions regarding these roles or the application process, please contact us:

Phone: 0115 880 0280
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk.

Harmless and Tomorrow Project Statement: Coronavirus preparation

“Harmless and The Tomorrow Project continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and we want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes so that you can keep accessing ongoing support with minimal impact.

Although we are being proactive as an organisation, it is important to acknowledge that we anticipate there will be some disruption to our services in the future. We cannot confirm what they are at this stage, but we continue to be guided by Government, Public Health England and our closest colleagues in the healthcare profession. For now, most face to-face services remain open and you can continue to access support as you do now.

The health and safety of our clients and staff remain at the forefront of all our decisions. We have increased our cleaning regimes of support spaces and waiting areas, particularly for those that come in to physical contact  regularly by other clients and our team members.  In addition, we have made the following decisions:

  1. Firstly, we are taking steps to reduce the number of people in our waiting reception area. Until further notice, people attending support sessions will not be able to bring anyone with them to unless you are a parent who needs to bring a minor or a minor who comes with a  parent.
  2. Secondly, Crisis Cafe and Drop-In sessions will be suspended with immediate effect. Email support will continue but remains limited in terms of response time and support capability.

We are also in the process of contacting clients currently in receipt of support to complete an additional form as we prepare for the possibility of having to provide support remotely. Although we do not expect to do this right now, we are exploring all possible support options for our clients. In addition, we will use the information you provide to contact you should there be any sudden changes to our services that may affect you.

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to reassure you that Harmless and The Tomorrow Project remain fully committed to providing ongoing support to everyone who relies on our services. Regardless of the barriers and challenges we may face in the upcoming weeks; we will work tirelessly to overcome them wherever possible and continue to provide the vital services we deliver.

Best wishes,

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project Team”

To all those accessing help from Harmless & The Tomorrow Project: important statement regarding closure.

We will endeavour to remain open and provide a service during the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, to limit footfall and risk we will, with immediate effect:

1. Cease to deliver drop in and crisis cafe facilities

2. Disallow the waiting area to be occupied by those not attending an appointment.

If you or someone with whom you are in close proximity have had contact with someone with, or show symptoms of Coronavirus, please follow the Govt guidance and refrain from attending your appointment in person.

Instead please contact your worker on 0115 8800280 to arrange alternative access to support.

We will not abandon you.

Thank you from The Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis team

Back in November 2019, we made the challenging decision to suspend The Tomorrow Project Crisis pathway to new referrals due to a lack of funding. Whilst the service delivered against all of its objectives and saved hundreds of lives, it had not secured the funding it required to continue.

We wanted to write this blog to say thank you to all of those who have supported us throughout the suspension. Without that support, we would not be in the position we are today.

Our team has grown and we are back doing what we do best – saving lives and supporting those in suicide crisis.

If you or anyone you know would like some support from us, contact The Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis team by  email or by leaving us a message on our referral line and we will aim to get back to you within 1 working day –

crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk

0115 880 0282

Please note. We are a primary care service, which means we are unable to offer support to those eligible and/or engaging in secondary care services.

CANCELLED – Talk and Ride – our next fundraiser featuring the Corndodgers

The Corndodgers

Sadly, Karen has had to cancel her cycle ride, and all associated events have also been cancelled. Karen will continue her work to raise awareness of suicide risks, and we hope she will be able to carry out her cycle ride later this year, in which case we will do our best to stage this fundraiser in association with that.


Local band The Corndodgers (folk/rock) will be playing at The Chapel, at the Angel Microbrewery on Stoney Street in Nottingham’s Lace Market, on Monday March 23rd from 8pm. They will be supported by Cookie and Paul Carbuncle (folk/punk). The gig is free entry, donate what you can to help Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.

This event is part of Karen Spencer’s “Talk and Ride” awareness and fundraising cycle ride from Manchester to Lefkada in Greece – that’s 3600km! She is doing this in memory of her son, who died by suicide in 2019, to spark conversations about and support for self harm and suicide prevention and awareness. Along the way Karen will make contact with as many people and support agencies as she can to connect and raise awareness.

Karen says: “When a loved one dies, the loss is shattering. When that loved one took their own life or died through self-harming, or drugs, people just don’t know what to say. But it’s those conversations that keep memories alive and allow us to come to terms with how we can live our lives with them still with us, even if they don’t journey by our side any more.”

Come along and support Karen and The Tomorrow Project, and have a good evening while you’re at it!

Meet Carolyn, our Therapist Intern

I started work with Harmless in September 2019 whilst working towards a Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling. I was drawn to Harmless because of their passion and commitment in helping people in often the most difficult times of their lives.

During my time at Harmless I have been amazed by the bravery of the clients to tell their story and reach out for help, but equally overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.

My style is person-centred. Endeavouring to build genuine relationships by listening without judgement, showing empathy, compassion and understanding.

I come with a varied background, HR Consultancy and Youth Work including running a youth camp in South Wales for 7 years. Prior to working with Harmless I worked for small company that produces Sphagnum moss to combat climate change. I have four children (3 who are teenagers). This has given me a greater understanding of the pressure that our teenagers experience at school, exam pressures and bullying, anxiety about self-image, concerns about the future and feeling powerless to change their circumstances.  I am happy to be working with an organisation that is helping people who struggle with these issues.