A safe place, a bed and clean sheets.

imageA safe place, a bed, and clean sheets with a pillow to rest our head.

For most – we take this for granted.

Interestingly, on Sunday I sorted and cleaned my linen cupboard after many years. Needless to say, I ended up with a
bag in my car boot of sheets and towels to giveaway.

The very next day, yesterday, I was again working with linen but with a different objective.

I spent a significant part of my day working with colleagues to make sure ageing people with dementia, and others with a disability and complex behaviours, who were unfortunately displaced from their homes because of local bush fires – had a safe place to stay, with a bed and clean linen to lay their head for a good night’s rest.

They weren’t ideal situations, people and programs were inconvenienced – but so important.

A safe place, a bed and clean sheets – I hope they slept well and I hope I don’t take my situation for granted.


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".