Several weeks ago thieves stole all the lead off Beverley station roof – it then rained and the consequence of that was all the machinery was waterlogged. The information boards that I check each time, the ticket machine where I pick up all my tickets, the ticket office that is always so kind and helps me……were all closed, broken and silent …….So I and no one else knew what train was coming, whether it was delayed, whether it was cancelled. I had to go into Hull to collect any tickets ordered for me.
Total confusion and the information boards remained still and silent………
I’d been told it might be months before everything was working again. However, this cold frosty morning, I had a lovely surprise as everything had come to life again! They had pulled out all the stops and now everything was shining brightly and boards told me where and when trains were going – perfect – happy unconfused bunny again and thank you to the stars who fixed it all.🎖🎖🎖
Anyway, after that bright, if dark start to the day, my train and connecting train were even on time and this one was waiting for me in Hull….
The sun was slowly rising as we trundled through the countryside.
So yesterday I was on my way to London. I was going to Crutched Friars as part of the Alzheimers Society Research Network Communications group. I hadn’t realised I was part of this group until the invitation came 🙄
But I was going to see lots of my friends so I was happy to be trundling down. The aim was to talk about how we, as network volunteers, can answer best the questions we’re often asked and how we can help in disseminating good research.
Everything was going fine until I got to the tube station….’No Tubes to Tower Hill, alight at Aldgate’🙈 Here we go again me thought…….a nice man told me which way to walk outside the station and I then took a while to set my app to talk me to Tower Hill…….very pleased with myself when I finally arrived at Crutched Friars
I arrived to find Barbara, Sandra and Matt already chatting as we had a meeting with Matt before the main event to discuss a very exciting event the 3 of us are organising in York on the 14TH MARCH!! More to come soon.
We then went into the main meeting and Anna opened the session clarifying the aims.
Aoife Kiely- (I had to keep asking how to say her name as I kept calling her Iffy (😳) but it’s actually Eefa😇 ) – joined our table as it was her very first day as communications officer! She was a former scientists at UCL!!
I mentioned how we need to be less formal and make it fun – sow seeds of the interesting stuff we do and ‘taster sessions’ to give people an insight into all that’s available to get involved in…
I thought it would be good to encourage couples to become involved in the research network as then they can support one another – a supporter and partner with dementia working together in the network and also able to work separately with support if they want to.
We thought of loads of ideas!
I also suggested they need a Twitter account as what better way to get all the wonderful things we do out to more people.
Lunch time arrived and there was no tuna on the plates brought in and I would have been fine with just a cuppa or 3 but Tim earned a bucketful of brownie points by actually going out and getting me a tuna sandwich, having read my blog about eating. That was the kindest thing to do…..🎖
After lunch we started with discussing the Key message – the what and why.
People rarely take in much when being spoken to so it’s important to – Tell people what you’re going to say – Tell them – And Remind them at the end
Dissemination is key to the relevance and real value of any research. If it’s not implemented the public will see little point in the process.
Brain started to switch off around 2.30 as we headed for a reflection of the day but words appear to be lacking on my ipad at this point apart from making it clearer how flexible the role can be to encourage others who may be a tad daunted by the network to become involved and volunteer……
Final photo had to be the 3 amigos from Yorkshire…….
However….that’s not the end of the story, as I’m typing this on a very strange and unfamiliar train going anywhere but my usual route…….🙄…….you may have heard of all my nightmare train journeys…..I got a txt from my daughter asking if I was ok as there was problem at Kings Cross😳. At this point I’m on the tube and quite hunky dory……I arrive at Kings Cross to find total chaos and all the boards saying ‘Delayed’ ‘Find alternative route’😱🙈😳🙈🙈
Luckily Gemma had already done this for me and txt me to go to St Pancras and get a train to Sheffield and then get a train home😴. I then proceeded to St Pancras to find a mountain of people all waiting for the same train. It would mean my journey would be 2 hours longer🤐 but at least I had a Gemma to give me instructions as many were just wandering about totally confused……🙄 and I would have been one of them if it hadn’t have been for Gemma. The stories were of a sad death on the track or major security alert – I was almost hoping for the latter…
Very tired as I passed through Leicester…..not a usual city I see on my travels……good job Tim bought me that tuna sandwich as it might be the only thing I have today as it’ll be too late to eat when I get home…..