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Hi, my name is Helen222!

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,286 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Helen222 welcome to the community glad you have joined have a look around and feel free to join in 

    You might like to check out our virtual coffee lounge or recent discussions sections 

    Do you want to tell us a bit about yourself 

    I look forward to seeing you around 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,229

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    Hi @Helen222

    Welcome to the community, how are you?
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  • Helen222Helen222 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    I'm good today thank you, just finished my 6th session of Navigate. I'm parent to one child with complex and additional needs, so keeps life entertaining. And we have 2 cats at home. 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,229

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    That's great to hear @Helen222, are you enjoying Navigate? Is it helping?

    I love cats, what are they called?
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,099

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    Hello and welcome to the community @Helen222 :) I'm glad to hear that you've been benefiting from our Navigate service. You might like to check out our parents and carers category to connect with other parents in a similar position.

    Please do let us know if there's anything we can do to help. 
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,066 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Helen222 - & welcome to the community from me also. I do hope you are finding 'Navigate' helpful, & you will find everyone here very supportive too. :)
  • Helen222Helen222 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Thank you everyone, sorry to take so long to reply. Our first cat was abandoned by a friends neighbour, so she called her puss, now know as puss in boots. Some time ago she had 4 kittens and we kept one and called him Jamie. Strange name for a cat I know but my son James desperately wanted him to be called James and it just didn't work. She is tortoiseshell and he is a sandy ginger colour. Having pets is a pain but we love them like family. 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,099

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    There's no need to apologise @Helen222! Your cats sound lovely. Pets definitely become part of the family :) 
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,066 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Helen222 - it's good to hear from you again. How did you find 'Navigate?' It really helps to know, & will help other parents.
    Oh, I do know what you mean about cats.....I took in a 3 month old abandoned kitten over a year ago, but it feels like many, many years! She's absolutely adorable, & loving, when she's not 'mischievous,' & I'd now be lost without her.
    How are you, James, Jamie & puss in boots getting on? :)
  • Helen222Helen222 Member Posts: 11 Listener
    Yes we're all good thank you. I did 6 navigate sessions (but have the possibility to do another 6, as my son was diagnosed ASD and ADHD this year) 
    In my sessions I spoke weekly to a lovely lady called Sara, each week we had a catch up, it was very friendly and it gave me regular head space to reflect on my week, events and work out either what I was struggling with the most and what was working well. My navigate lady toke scores from me at the start and the end so I could see my wellbeing progress. And she was full of tips and useful resources which I would of struggled to remember but helpfully these were also emailed to me. Think one of the main benefits tho is it was parent to parent. 
    So glad you found a lovely kitten to love, so sad that anyone could mistreat a cat or animal, and I am hoping that they make breading cats illegal without a licence. Puss in boots was around 6 the vet said when I got her, he couldn't tell if she had an op but she had not had kittens so he thought it was likely because of her age, but a year later she had the most beautiful kittens and now both cats been done. 
    I also volunteer at a farm with many animals that offers horse boy therapy to kids on the spectrum. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,404

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    @Helen222 Hello, it's lovely to meet you.

    it's great to hear about how helpful the Navigate service has been for you.  I get that having some head space just to focus and reflect on the week can help.  Plus, having peer to peer support from a fellow parent who understands and has been there makes all the difference.  

    I'm a cat mum too and have 3 little mischievous ones from rescue centres.  Some of our members posted about their pets on this tell me about your pets thread if you want to join in :)  

    Your farm volunteering sounds super interesting and rewarding, what a great idea that is.  We have a volunteering thread that you might like to have a peep at too.

    I hope you and your son have a great weekend.  Talk soon!
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,066 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for your kind reply @Helen222 - it's great to have your insight as a parent about your 'Navigate' sessions, & I'm so pleased they are proving helpful. I didn't know they emailed advice too, so that's useful to know.
    My kitten, Shadow, was abandoned near me with her mum & brother, who are now with another neighbour, & all are doing well.
    I'm pleased you are all good; it's so nice to know how everyone is getting on, thank you. :)
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,891 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 
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