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It’s been a busy year …

Books published:

Chatty Cat: Spring into Summer

Supervision Skills

Making the Most of Your Supervision

Little Kitty: the Cat Burglar (all royalties to Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Thank you to everyone who has purchased my books.

My book, ‘Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother’ was a Finalist – People’s Book Prize and Shortlisted for Best Achievement Award – People’s Book Prize and thank you for voting for this if you did, greatly appreciated.

If you would like to read about my books or purchase a copy please click on this link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Suzan-Collins/e/B0037DXY46/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Group of authors:

At the beginning of the year saw the creation of the Waveney Author Group and I am very proud to be the founder and co-ordinator of this group. The authors are fantastic and very supportive. They have monthly author gigs booked right through to next September and if you wish to follow them here is their FB page and the link to their blog


Blog: https://waveneyauthorgroup.wordpress.com/

 Supporting Writers to Write:

I ran some facilitated writing workshops and at the end of them some writers set themselves a goal to finish their writing and independently publish their work with the support of my writing company, Get Writing2.

If you wish to follow here is the FB page, the link to the blog & the website

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Get-Writing2-366023433491753/

Blog: https://getwriting2.wordpress.com/

Website: www.getwriting.co.uk

Alzheimer’s Society:

My third year of helping to organise the local Memory Walk and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and this year we raised over £8000.00+ (final total is not in yet as the Just-giving pages only closed yesterday) but very proud to have raised this amount which is our largest yet.

Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Apart from organising the writing of the book, ‘Little Kitty: the Cat Burglar’ I also wrote a chapter and it is available to buy in two formats, paperback and kindle. Here is the link if you wish to purchase a copy (it’s a great children’s book and adults will like it too) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Kitty-Burglar-Caterina-Longtail/dp/0993169074/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451603685&sr=1-1&keywords=little+kitty+the+cat+burglar

I ran a raffle and an auction for people to bid on having the name of their pet in my next book in the Chatty Cat series and I am looking to start this book in January.

Training & Consultancy in Social Care & Management:

It’s been a busy year, I have enjoyed delivered training to staff and writing some policies and procedures, what I haven’t enjoyed was leading some investigations into poor practices and alleged abuse against older people. Although I didn’t enjoy doing these the outcomes were beneficial to people receiving care.

Pre-inspection CQC compliance checks:

Many organisations have asked me to audit their homes against the standards of the Care Quality Commission, something I enjoy doing, I just wish that all organisations were proactive and had their care homes audited.


I’m looking forward to 2016 , I am planning another East Anglian Author Festival and 32 authors have booked thus far, oh and I hope to write 3-4 books before June 2016.

Wishing you all a lovely New Year and I hope that 2016 will be a good year for you.

Thank you for your support. Suzan x

Happy New Year

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On Sunday we had our memory walk. The sky was aqua blue and the sun shone not only on us but also on the sea. It was beautiful. A beautiful day where everyone appeared happy but no doubt had mixed emotions, either walking for someone they knew who had dementia or walking in memory of someone who had passed who had dementia. I took a few minutes of time out to sit on the bench and gaze into the sea, keeping my own emotions under control but I couldn’t help think of the lovely young lady who a short while previously asked if she could buy a second medal to put on her Nan’s grave. We gave her the medal. This fabulous young lady had cared for her Nan for many years and I take my hat off to her.


There wasn’t a tree where we held the walk so we couldn’t have a memory tree and instead we had a beacon tree (tied some string round the beacon and the walkers wrote on a tag who they were walking for and tied it to the string on the beacon).

Beacon tree

We had various stalls, cakes, guess the name of the monkey (he was called Charlie but I think he should have been called Dave), guess the weight of the cake, a super raffle, and we raised the fantastic amount of £747.49 (this amount does not include any sponsor money).


Jo and I starting the walk~1  Jo and I starting the walk

Jo Wilde and I started the walks this year. Not expecting such a big crowd we didn’t really know how to get everyone’s attention and start the walk (next time we’ll have a microphone), so as you can see from this pic, Jo and I stood on the   table, thanked everyone for supporting this great cause and then we counted down from 10-1 and off they walked, along the cliff overlooking the sea. We had two walked around, a small one of 2K and one of 4K and everyone, inc people pushing wheelchairs chose to do the 4K one.


It will be a while before we know the actual amount that was raised as we wait for people to send in their sponsorship money and the on line just-giving pages are open for up to one year (which is great as someone has just put £15.00 on my page). The weekly totals for the amounts that have come in on the just-giving pages are passed on to me (in my role of one of the organisers) and we, the Lowestoft fundraising committee are proud to announce that already it looks like we will pass the £5000.00 mark.

Our Memory Walk next year will be even bigger than this years. The committee will be meeting in two weeks’ time to discuss our next event. Here is our new page on Facebook, please feel free to like it and if you would like to be involved next year please let us know.


Piece in the local newspaper

Dozens take part in Lowestoft Memory Walk: The Lowestoft Memory Walk held its third annual walk on Sunday. http://b it.ly/1iEu7dA  #Lowestoft

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