What walking and singing taught me about stamina

Last week I started to tell you about the singing weekend I was on.

Those initial rehearsals were good and eventually everyone found their voice.

Then came performance time.

Photo by Neil Adamson

We knew from our director that we would have to walk from Wilberforce House to Hull Minster. This is a short route, no more than 5 – 10 minutes for most of us. And we’d be singing…….

Our rehearsals for this particular section lasted no more than 2-3 minutes. We were walking on the flat and essentially going around in circles. All whilst singing. All very simple and very easy.

Then we got to the real thing. Our performance in the gardens of Wilberforce House had gone well. Now for the walk and sing.

Imagine if you will, 50 singers of different ages and abilities, all having to file out of a tight space under a wet tree, slink through the museum building, outside to the old town of Hull. We grouped and regrouped, smiled and sang. And then the cobbles came. Now we had to walk, keep in time, stay with the rest of the group and sing – all whilst remaining upright on some very uneven cobbles, now wet from the wonderful downpour we’d just been subjected too.

When we reached the Minster there was a palpable sense of relief.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, you see when I was reflecting on this part of the performance I realised how like the child protection process that journey was.

We had found our voices and our bravery in the rehearsal room, now we had to put it into practice.

There were obstacles we knew about in our path, tackling then real time was much harder than what we had done in the safe space of the rehearsal room. Many of us found the pace hard, and discovered their stain was not what it used to be.

We needed to rely on each other to get us through.

And for me, that is so like the world of child protection. We develop our skills in the safe space of the training room. But when it comes to actually putting them into place, we often need a support system to help us out and keep our courage, bravery and stamina to keep going.

Working alone can be a very scary place, particularly when the obstacles start coming at you.

Who do you turn to when social services aren’t answering your call or say the case doesn’t meet threshold?

Who do you ask when you’re not sure of the next step?

Who can you bounce ideas off when it comes to ensuring your staff are trained and picking topics for discussion?

You need a community to help guide you through. A community you can rely on for support and a place you can seek answers.

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