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Do you live with HIV in Scotland? Can you help Jemma?

I’ve been contacted by Jemma Campbell who is studying Film and Media at the University of Stirling. She is in her final year and is looking for volunteers to help in her dissertation. In her own words, Hi, I’m Jemma Campbell, a 4th year Film and Media student at the University of Stirling. For my dissertation, I am making a 12 minute documentary, and would like to focus on the lives of those living with HIV, and their experiences with it. I’m currently looking for participants who are comfortable talking about their experiences on camera, and are based near or within Scotland. Filming will take place in March of this year. If anyone is interested, or has any questions, please get in touch! Jemma can be reached by email. She can also provide the details of my tutor at the university if needed.

Gone home: Derek Wheeler

I have just heard the news (via Facebook) that Derek Wheeler, Group Scout Leader of 1st Carryduff, former County Commissioner of Belfast, former District Commissioner of South Belfast passed away earlier this morning. Whilst I didn’t always agree with everything that he said, he was a great person to know and he led one of the training sessions that I completed as part of my Wood Badge training recently. While Scouting in Northern Ireland has lost a great member, his family and friends have lost someone much more dear. Our thoughts must be with them at this difficult time.

“Lest we forget”

Over on another of my blogs, I wrote about my thoughts on learning that I did have a male relative who fought in the Great War. Up until last week, I had believed myself to be of a family that didn’t have anyone to have fought. In this belief, I was wrong. But I was wrong in more than one way. You see, I am not just a member of my biological family. No. I am also by virtue of a promise made when I was around ten years old, also a member of the Worldwide family of Scouts. Many, many Scouts fought bravely in the Great War, some of them only boys. Some were honoured by the nation: Jack Cornwell received the Victoria Cross for staying at his post despite being fatally injured by a shell in case he was needed. After him –and in his memory – B.-P. named a Scout award which to this day is awarded “in respect of pre-eminently high character and devotion to duty, together with great courage and endurance”. Jack …

Time for me to stroke a pussy or two…

This evening, as a bit of rest and relaxation, my friend Sam took me out to Assisi Animal Sanctuary near Newtownards to volunteer to give some love to some cats. There were so many cats there it was almost heartbreaking to leave them behind, but I know that there they do get love and are looked after while waiting for potential rehoming. One was pointed out to me, with only three legs, she has become rather timid and apparently shoots off before any new human can get near her. Well, I started off towards her. I took short steps, and finally was kneeling beside her and stroking and talking to her for ages. Another cat took offence that I was not stroking him, so bounced over to where I was and off jumped the three-legged one. I only have a photo of her sitting after this. Hopefully I will get to go out there again, and meet more of the adorable felines that are there. I know that Andrew and I have talked about having …

Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!

Readers may have begun to wonder if I was ever going to post something more to this blog. It has been a bit far down my priorities in recent weeks. I’ve had a lot to do other than blog on here. Some friends will know that I volunteer with The Scout Association. Since December, I have been working principally with the local Scouts in Bedford, England. Although I live in Belfast, my local role is in based in England. However, thanks to the flexible volunteering policy of The Scout Association, it is perfectly possible for me to carry out the role from the study in our flat. Scouting helps to develop young people and adults in three ways, physically, mentally, and spiritually. We do this through lots of adventure, outdoors and indoors. Our volunteers range from people like me, to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and of course Bear Grylls. Each of us volunteers our time to help provide Scouting to more people. Some of us help wiht admin and finance – others are at …