National Walking Month

Kat reminds us that there’s still something fab we can do during lockdown! Did you know that the month of May is National Walking Month? Seems ironic, doesn’t it, that since the month began many of us have been unable to do much else than stay at home. But one form of exercise a day…

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My top 5 electronic communication bugbears!

Alton was amused to hear that 22 October is International Caps-Lock Day. This made him think about the many frustrations of electronic communication. International Caps-Lock Day was dreamt up by an American guy called Derek Arnold who was irritated by people using ‘all caps’ to highlight their opinions on the internet. We have all witnessed…

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My current reality

Ed discusses his experiences in 2020 so far; chatting with us about his return to work after lockdown, managing flexible furlough and maintaining a positive mindset while looking ahead. This year more than most, we’ve all had to adjust the way we live our lives due to events out of our control. We’ve all been…

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Ed gives us all the info we need about Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and why now, more than ever, it’s important to look after yours and others’ mental health. The week 18 – 24 May 2020 has been chosen this year to highlight mental health awareness. The initiative first started in 2001 to help…

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Lessons learned, second place earned

Tracy enjoys a bit of success with the rest of the Harborough Band and reflects on what it takes to keep in time with others, in and out of the band room. The stage lights were beating down as I raised my cornet. We all anticipated the coming cue from our director. The auditorium was…

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Learnings from lockdown

There’s a lot been happening in the world this year and we wanted to chat with Craig about how 2020 had been for him, so far. His open, honest and personal response is both heart-warming and thought-provoking. When lockdown originally started in March 2020 how did you envisage your life? I wasn’t sure initially. From…

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Keeping it simple can be the best way

Craig was recently ‘chewing the fat’ on why it’s the easy, straightforward and simple stuff we sometimes forget and ignore. When I think about a lot of things in life, it’s very easy to over-engineer, over-complicate or add complexity to what should be a straightforward approach… just like this sentence! At Rambutan being straightforward is…

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It’s the little things that count

As we continue living through the Covid-19 pivot in our lives Craig spends some time reflecting on the things that have made a difference to him during this time. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the whole lockdown experience and the little things that have happened to me (and continue to happen…

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It’s LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is an annual event which takes place every February. Mark takes a personal look at what this means to him. This event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 of the Local Government Act in 2003 and the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in the same year. The month…

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It’s good to fail

Sue was contemplating that it took her a long time to learn to fail; to have the confidence and belief to experiment, fail, and experiment again. Whether it’s at work or at home, problems and issues sometimes arise. I try to solve the issue but it’s taken me a while in life to learn that…

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It’s all about the environment

Rebecca considers how environmental factors within our unique ‘Why people do what they do model’ may impact your behaviours. Our ‘Why people do what they do’ model shows the personal and cultural factors that may impact your behaviour. At Rambutan, we believe these factors push, pull and shove you into behaving in certain ways, in…

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International Women’s Day 2020

Sue was contemplating International Women’s Day and thinking about how the women you meet and chat to in your everyday life can be the most inspiring of people. The theme for International Women’s Day which is on Sunday 8 March 2020 is, ‘I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights.’ It’s all about asking how you…

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International volunteers day

Following International volunteers day last week (5 December), Sue wanted to share her story on why volunteering matters to her. Over the years I’ve dipped my toe into the waters of volunteer work on several occasions. Why? Because I keep coming back to the principle, ‘I need to give something back’ of which I’m a…

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International Volunteer Day

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December, Jami-Lei remembers how volunteering led her to where she is today. My first experience of volunteering was for a local charity shop. I remember being excited as the responsibilities made me feel like an adult at a young age. Fast forward a few years, I began…

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International leadership week 2021

Emma reflects on her thoughts about leadership. I’ve been reflecting on International leadership week, which took place from 22-27 November. The purpose of this week was to ‘inspire great leadership, everywhere’. This caused me to think about what it really means to be a leader. The dictionary definition of leadership states that there are certain…

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In the thick of it

At the moment there’s a lot going on in the world, to say the least! This can have a knock-on effect on your workload and when you’re crazy busy, it can feel like no matter which way you turn, you can’t find a way to move forward. This sometimes has a result of increasing the…

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