CUBE – Community United Barry 4 Everyone
Cube is an idea and a dream that is slowly taking shape into something more tangible. So I feel it’s a good time to explain and consider my part in the journey and evolution of Cube.
Tammi and I, in many ways, formed the seed of what became CUBE, when we started running the Heroes men’s group in 2011. As well as Heroes, there was Pattern Changing for women living with abuse and the Early Intervention Program (EIP) couples work, for couples experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
We realised then that what was needed was a whole family approach, not just the separate programs and interventions. Without a joined up approach, you could work with say a female who was displaying abusive behaviour, but unless her partner was aware of what work and changes she was undergoing, the issues of trust and safety were not really being addressed. So the CUBE now offers a whole family approach and all family members with interconnecting issues such as substance misuse and mental illness.
As well as my knowledge, experience and skill set as qualified Life Coach and trainer, I look forward to building a portfolio of products – interventions and programs - that will enable Cube to provide early intervention in domestic abuse as well as support with mental health and additions. These programs and interventions will also help with financial income for the Cube, which is important as the aim is to ultimately have Cube as a self-sufficient entity, run for local people, by local people.
It’s also exciting to be able to work with people directly, which is what I’m passionate about. This can take the form of organising inhouse training, for example upskilling staff, as well as playing a part in enabling volunteers to gain confidence in being a part of the support structure at Cube. Other aspects include working directly with Cube attendees where needed, building a coaching and/or therapeutic relationship - providing early intervention and support.
There is always something to learn, and with the wealth of knowledge and experience within Cube, I look forward to collaborations and idea sharing with other members of the team. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to be part of something that allows creativity and caring to be front and centre in the work place. I have worked as a freelancer for most of my working life, and although that does allow more individuality than most jobs, it can also feel quite isolated. Having a team that shares a vision, as well as different but complimentary skill sets, while having creative freedom, seems to me to be a perfect mix.