The Hive reopened in its new home in April and we are delighted to share Marion’s latest report.

Running The Hive over the last few months has been a joy for me, in fact it is my dream job, although aspects of it have been a challenge for me as i am not a natural administrator.

I have been blessed by having a wonderful team of volunteers who have helped to bring to life the vision of The Hive. It is a privilege to work with Sam who is such a talented,  creative, and practical individual and who is now a good friend.  She is invaluable to the day to day running of the space. I am so encouraged to hear testimony from many of the people who visit, they tell me how much the space means to them. Sometimes a listening ear is more helpful than creative expertise.  I wanted to share just a couple of things I have witnessed over the last two months.

S came in accompanied by her husband, she was so anxious she was actually trembling. I’ve seen her cry quietly over her sewing because she was having a bad day. In contrast to that I have seen her grow in confidence, she comes in alone, and has gone from being a non sewer to making trousers within weeks!! She laughs and models her clothes and is an absolute joy to be around. She still has bad days but almost always leaves happier.

Another young woman who suffers with severe physical disability caught the community bus yesterday to come to The Hive, her first bus journey alone!! Her mother who has been too anxious to leave her facilitated the journey by booking it. So, I have seen the growth in both mother and daughter in the ‘letting go’.

I am so grateful to be proud to do this job and I hope that I can rise to the challenge to help The Hive to grow and thrive.  I am blessed to have a wonderful team and volunteers who support and care for me not only in my work but personally too.

Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 10.20.35 The Hive with Marion Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 10.20.28

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