Take a deep breath. The end of 2020 is in sight – phew.
For many of us, this has been an incredibly challenging, transformative, and life-changing year. In some ways, life went on as usual – we were still expected to show up for work, babies were born, life events continued to happen and of course, we all aged. But in other ways, it was like no other year we’ve experienced in our lifetimes.
For better or worse, the last year has changed us. As we look back over the past months, we can see the lessons we’ve learned about what is truly important, which will hopefully stick with us for the rest of our lives.
Moving into 2021, no doubt we will continue to face challenges, but we hope the strength we have gained individually, as families or as a community will find us continuing to support those around us. It’s important to be kind to ourselves and others, be deeply appreciative for our health and just as concerned for the health of the planet. As we start to rebuild our lives, hopefully it will be a deeper humanitarian focused future we face.
We would like to wish you all a happy, safe, and prosperous year ahead.
The Team at MS Associates
WE HAVE A WINNER
As the dark evenings are here, our latest giveaway was all about cosy nights in with a good movie and plenty of treats.
Nigel Lush from R and N Carpenters was our lucky winner and he seemed very happy with his hamper filled with goodies! Hope you enjoyed them Nigel.
Take a look at our BIG Festive Giveaway below!
This is the one we love each year, so don’t miss a chance to win a
LUXURY FESTIVE HAMPER
This indulgent gift is just the thing to make one of our readers smile, after a long and testing year.
Packed with festive goodies and cheer, it’s beginning to look like Christmas!
It’s free and easy to enter, just click the link below:
One lucky runner up will win a gorgeous scented candle from Coco & Glow
EASY TO ENTER. NO OBLIGATION TO BUY. GIVEAWAY CLOSES ON 16/12/2020 AT 10AM. T&C’S APPLY. FOOD ITEMS MAY CONTAIN NUTS.
A scaffolding company has been fined £160,000 and ordered to paycosts of £11,533.36 for safety failings after scaffolding collapsed on to astreet in Maidenhead while it was being dismantled. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the underlying cause of the scaffold collapse was a lack of training and adequate instruction. They found that the worker dismantling the scaffold and removing the scaffold ties was not adequately trained to do so. High winds caused the sheeted scaffold to act as a “giant sail” and subsequently toppled over into the street. After the hearing, the HSE inspector commented: “… it is fortunate nobody was injured as a result of it. Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working, ensure that their workforce is adequately trained and provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.” Are your workers adequately trained for all work activities your Company is asking them to perform? Ensure your training matrix is up to date and all employees have been or are provided with the appropriate training.
For training enquiries, email email@example.com or call 02380669305
It is important we try to help ourselves and others manage loneliness and isolation during these challenging times and here are a few ideas to consider
Write to a Pen pal – Connecting with someone new and developing friendships can be very cathartic. warriorkind.co.uk is just one of many online organisations who can help get you started.
Reach Out -Pick up the phone and call friends and family, or volunteer with a telephone befriending service, which helps connect people who are experiencing loneliness. Try Befriending Networks
Become a volunteer -The volunteering landscape looks very different right now, but there are still many opportunities to help many organisations. Try connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk.
Join an online social club – Offering anything from quizzes to group yoga, these online clubs provide a valuable support network in challenging times. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone.
Jam with others online – Connecting with others through music, The Sofa Singers and Benedetti Foundation are just two online groups who bring all levels of musicians together, teaching people to play instruments, tutoring, singing and information workshops.
Walk and talk – Exercise, fresh air, and company, what’s not to like. Invite a friend or join a local walking group. You could try Go4awalk.com.
Connect virtually with colleagues – Perhaps reach out to colleagues who may live alone and who might welcome a chance to connect. There are also virtual workshops for teams which are fun and a great stress buster.
Motoring in Miniature
Exhibition at Beaulieu showcasing the Toys of Your Childhood
Steam Illuminations Watercress Line
An incredible light show on and in a steam train
An exhibition for all ages which features modern automata, or mechanical sculptures
Breakfast with Santa
Santa will be at the Spinnaker Tower in December so join him and his elves for some festive fun!
Christmas at Paultons
Discover magical illuminations, meet Peppa and George in their seasonal outfits and enjoy a BRAND NEW Christmas show featuring Father Christmas himself!
Paddle to Meet Santa
Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the Beaulieu river’s nature reserve and meet Santa on the way!
Christmas Sounds Amazing at Winchester Science Centre
Santa will swap his big red coat for a lab coat this festive season with winter-themed activities in Bio:Space!
All activities must observe the most recent COVID-19 guidelines.
These are not recommendations and MSA cannot be held responsible for lack of enjoyment, financial loss or issues at the events. Activities are undertaken at the readers choice and own risk.
MENTAL HEALTH – COVID IMPACT
COVID-19 social isolation measures have had a profound impact on the psychological and mental well-being of individuals across society. Many of the anticipated consequences of isolation measures are themselves key risk factors for mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, domestic violence, increased substance abuse and suicide. The reality is we will not know the true impact on the psychological well-being for some time to come, but it is important we implement attainable and appropriate measures to try and stem further detriment.
MS Associates have maintained a strong ideology around mental health awareness training for a number of years. So, we will be rolling out a number of helpful talks and training courses to support people in the workplace and in their social environments. Working with a valued and insightful mental health professional, who offers pathways to support, robust coping mechanisms and guidance on how to maintain healthy psychological well-being – we will be releasing details of dates and venues for these excellent sessions shortly.
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