The news I was expecting came today. My position will not be funded after June. Attempts to keep me on by sharing me with a neighbouring Shire failed. They too have funding problems in the new financial climate. No EHO position for me.
Just as I was thinking I would be sleeping under bridges in my Toyota after all, the CEO came up with another suggestion. It was most flattering that he said he did not want to lose my abilities and experience. He says he would like me to take the position of Youth Worker, stationed in Bililuna. Same pay. Different funding source. My maturity and life experience and the fact I am already licensed to work with young people qualify me, even though I have never done this job before, he says. I said I’d sleep on it, but I am not sleeping. I feel as nervous as I did before I set off to Solomon Islands so long ago. I didn’t know what to expect then either, but it turned out OK..
I guess that means I’ll do it.