Inspired by and be inspired…

This time last year I wrote a blog to launch our ‘inspired by’ series. As we start a new academic year, I’m going to write a more personal blog about who has inspired me this last year, and then share some ways in which I hope CSTG might inspire you over the coming year.

Firstly, I’ve been inspired by my family. My two teenage sons have shown remarkable resilience through extraordinary times. My eldest had changes to exams and assessments and a planned gap year working with a charity cancelled. Yet he continued to remain positive taking up new skills and hobbies, and rethinking plans. I know many have struggled and the impact on mental health of young people has been devastating, but many have also been hugely resilient and taken up new challenges. On many occasions, their ability to adapt, or change plans at the last minute has been incredible.

Secondly, I’ve been inspired by my friends. In our village we set up a group to support women and keep connected during the lockdown. We held fortnightly Zoom social events including wine and cheese tasting, quizzes, craft evenings and even chocolate sampling! All creatively managed by delivering bags of items to each person. My husband organised something similar for men focused on beer tasting. This provided a great sense of belonging.

Thirdly, I’ve been inspired by colleagues. The ability to adapt, to seize opportunities, or reimagine existing programmes has been amazing. The increased sense of teamwork despite not seeing each other face to face and joined up thinking across different organisations has been so valuable. Colleagues have also been actively publishing research and articles for us to read over the last year, and this has opened a feast of new ideas.

As we move into the new academic year, I hope that CSTG can help you to be resilient, have a sense of belonging and provide you with opportunities. That you will be inspired.

I hope we can help the Religion and Worldviews community to be resilient by nurturing leaders, promoting positive relationships between organisations, and supporting campaigns to advocate for our great subject.

I hope we can increase the sense of belonging to a vibrant and energetic Religion and Worldviews community through our blogs, events programme, resource provision, communities of practice, focus groups and research.

And lastly, I hope we can provide innovative opportunities through our programmes and grant making. I hope we can inspire you to consider your own learning or take up the challenge of a new project.

How will you be inspired over the next year?

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Kathryn Wright Chief Executive Officer, Culham St Gabriel’s Trust @kathrynfenlodge

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