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A Sense Of Belonging

Well, what a start to 2019 for us. We signed the lease agreement for our new home in 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, furnished the place from scratch, started seeing our clients there, held an Open Evening for colleagues, students and friends, and ran our first training weekend for our trainees in Foundation Year and Senior Training Group.

It was quite something to see our place full of people and feeling so at home. Special and emotional. What is it about having a home? Well to use the Senses Framework (Nolan 2009), it has given us a Sense of Security, a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Continuity, a Sense of Purpose, a Sense of Significance and a Sense of Achievement.

Sense of Security – there is something that feels solid and safe about having our own space and

not having to try and find suitable accommodation for training weekends, 101s and CPD events. So as long as we keep paying the rent, we will continue to feel safe!

Sense of Belonging – everybody has commented on the ambience of the space we have created. It feels like home, like somebody’s sitting room and it feels warm and fuzzy. It is ours.

Sense of Continuity – this is very important for us, especially in this time of transition between Physis Training and Physis Scotland. We are so grateful for the legacy that Barbara Clarkson Director of Physis Training has created in her time at Physis and it feels incredibly important to acknowledge this as it has helped set us up for today and the days and years ahead. We have felt supported and encouraged on our journey and will not lose contact with Barbara when she officially steps down from her position as Director and hands the reins over

to us.

Sense of Purpose – we have a strong sense of purpose as we move forward to continue the high standard of success and quality of training which Barbara has established. It helps us with energy and excitement and a drive and motivation to be the best we can be.

Sense of Significance – without sounding somewhat narcissistic, there have been a lot of

strokes offered to us in terms of what we have achieved in a relatively short time frame. However, we would not be where we are without the support of our many colleagues, trainees and families who have helped us with this sense. It has been hard work and so worthwhile.

Sense of Achievement – when we look back to see where we were 12 months ago, when we were tentatively beginning to market our

Foundation year programme, homeless and dependant on a range of spaces to run programmes, we never expected to have achieved so much in such a short space of time. Well, somehow we have and we want to thank all of you who have helped us, encouraged us and stroked us on the way.

Feel free to come and see us if you have not done so already. There is something happening every weekend!


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