Being present makes a contribution

There once was a community centre with an evening class led by a woman who would be on her own to arrive, unlock and set up and the same for when she closed the centre. In the winter when it got cold and dark, she didn’t feel comfortable doing it on her own.

A volunteer from a local time credit scheme gave their time to be present when she was there to unlock and lock the centre – they didn’t need to do anything else like tidy or help. Just being present contributed and enabled her to feel safe.

Sometimes we ask people ‘what can you offer?’, ‘what assets do you have?’, ‘how can you change things?’, ‘what is your capacity?’ and sometimes, just being there is enough

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