The fridge stood in the middle of the room where the delivery guy had left it. It was huge! I unfortunately am not huge. How on earth would I move this fridge?
We've all had days like this: days when there's something in our lives that appear to be immovable. It might be a big white fridge, a debt, or a housing issue. Ripon YMCA tenants are no different - each young person will have their own 'barriers to progression' or their 'monsters to fight'.
But back to the fridge...
So my fridge was intimidatingly large standing there in the middle of the room. I decided to start trying to move it. Sometimes you just need to make a start.
Sometimes you just need to make a start!
I pushed and pulled; I walked it and...I began to move it! Making a start on something is always the first step to moving the problem. But I got tired. My muscles ached. My hands got sore. My mind began telling me I couldn't shift it. I needed help!
Sometimes you just need to ask for help!
I asked for help. A friend came round and moving the big white fridge became easier. I still felt the weight of it, but it became manageable and movable.
But what if we hadn't been able to move the fridge? We couldn't just leave it in the middle of the room. We would have kept on trying until that fridge was moved, plugged in, and working as it was designed to work. We would have persevered!
Sometimes you just need to persevere!
I mentioned that our tenants all have things to overcome in order to progress positively through their struggles.
At Ripon YMCA we are committed to helping our tenants persevere.
We are committed to drawing alongside them and helping them to move forward.
We are committed to helping them make positive fresh starts.
We do this by providing a safe environment and a housing support worker who will walk with them and help them to develop the skills, experiences and knowledge they need to build their lives. We all have the metaphorical fridge in the middle of the room. Who can you help today to move theirs?