I originally started this blog, several years ago, to track my progress as a new consultant.
To recap I had worked in the field of addictions / substance misuse for many years and was presented with a unique opportunity (crisis) to do something new. Stumbling blocks really can become stepping stones to new opportunities, as I know from my own journey of recovery from addiction, so I started freelance consulting in July 2007.
Several years on, and now as the Director of my very own company (Green Apple Consulting Ltd), I have not forgotten those early days and want to capture and communicate some of what being a consultant is all about in this and future blogs.
I could look at any week since July 2007 as most weeks have been busy, interesting, manic, diverse etc etc. Even though I’ve been busy all the time I’ve also been worried about all sorts of things, mainly, delivering my current contract(s) and where the next contract is coming from, and nothings really changed in that regard, except I can maybe pick and choose the roles a bit more now than I could then
I’m not complacent though as the cliche really is true, you’re only as good as your last project
This week has been an interesting week:
- Monday and Tuesday I worked from home on two separate contracts, for two county partnerships on developing and changing prison based substance misuse services within those counties
- Wednesday I was invited to HMP Bronzefield (a privately run prison) to be part of a delegation to meet with HRH Princess Anne in her role as Patron of The Butler Trust. Later that evening I was invited to speak at an upcoming recovery conference
- Thursday I was at the South East DAAT Commissioners Meeting, representing one of my clients as an ‘honorary commissioner’
- Friday I was working from home again, taking calls, answering emails etc
- Monday, prison meeting at 11am, working lunch at 1.30pm, 3pm meeting with Care, before going on to meet with Care and David Burrowes MP at Portcullis House
- Tuesday, Surrey DAAT (meet with the Manager in the morning and with the executive group in the afternoon)
- Wednesday, work from home in the morning and from 4pm House of Commons for the launch of the Concordat
- Thursday and Friday are again, admin and working from home days and on Sunday I am invited to attend (and very much looking forward to) The Ley Community, to celebrate with them 40th Anniversary for delivering transforming, rehabilitative care to men and women with drug and alcohol addictions