Importance of Human Connection

As we come to the end of 2021, I wanted to spend a few moments reflecting on all the work from the last 12 months. Without a question, it has been the most challenging year I have experienced during my time at Shekinah. Like many of you, Covid has had a massive impact on everyone at Shekinah, including the people we support. If we have learnt anything from the last 12 months, the importance of human connection for people has been well and truly reinforced. We all know about the pain of family separation and not being able to see loved ones, this is no different for the people we support. I would argue that in many cases this has been magnified for people we work with and that combined with a life full of trauma has made for an exceedingly tough time.

My other main observation of the last 12 months has been the unbelievable commitment from staff at Shekinah. Going the extra mile is often a term that is over-used, but I have been humbled to witness this daily at Shekinah. Whilst having to manage their own anxiety, staff continued to offer face to face support, against a backdrop of an ever-changing world. Whilst clearly the pandemic is far from over, we have come through the last 12 months a lot wiser and will take our learning into 2022.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of you who have supported Shekinah during the last 12 months. We cannot do our work without your support, and I hope that this will continue next year which will be our 30th anniversary. Whilst I have mixed views on still being here 30 years later, we are, and will continue to do so whilst the injustice of homelessness continues. Finally on behalf of staff, trustees, volunteers and most importantly the people we support, can we wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. 

John Hamblin

Chief Executive Shekinah