Yesterday, the day when it was announced that 800+ jobs are to go at BAE on the Clyde, I happened to be in Govan; at the Galgael community project. We’d taken 25 senior clinicians and NHS top managers from England to meet some of the Galgael folks and over the biggest (and best) pot of mince and tatties, about 40 of us had a two hour Open Space conversation about ‘what contributed to a good life’.
It was amazing to see senior commissioners, senior healthcare providers and managers be spellbound by the powerful and compelling stories of despair and hope, in equal measure, by those who call Galgael ‘home’.
Of course there were tears, genuine conversations, stories and real connections but more than anything there was relationship building. The NHS group, in reflecting on their visit used word like pride, passion, humanity, resilience, despair and hope.
They say at Galgael ‘no one is a stranger in this place’. It is one of the best examples of community and positive relationships I’ve ever seen and I suspect, after yesterday’s announcement, they will be even busier in coming times.
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