Hayley is based in the Truro area, however her skills can be seen throughout ringing in Cornwall. Her exceptional leadership skills can be seen in a variety of activities and post COVID projects. Her extrovert and welcoming personality, ‘can do’ attitude and not taking no for an answer has produced tangible advances and increase in bellringing activity from the Covid low point, in a rural county already deeply affected by declining numbers and an adverse age profile of ringers.
This link (from 10m 50secs) has Hayley describing to an online “Recovery Champions” meeting what she was doing and hoping to do mid way through Covid lockdowns. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SRbxfa1cftc
Hayley has concentrated on increasing bellringing activity and increasing the number of ringers in the Truro area and the rest Cornwall. Four Teaching Hubs across Cornwall have now been established post COVID.
A key challenge has been the increasingly elderly ringing cohort, with a drop of in numbers due to Covid, old age and infirmity. Getting around negative attitudes from some with a positive ‘can do’ attitude and identifying others who could help and encouraging them into action. Learning from others who had previous experience and previous ideas that could now be used in a Cornwall setting.
Hayley shows and demonstrates a positive attitude in all aspects of her actions. Showing appropriate empathy and encouragement to others, her energy inspires others to enjoy organising and actually do ringing. She runs ‘fun’ practices!
She recognises that she can’t do it all herself and encourages others to lead and organise. E.g. Train the Trainers is all about getting others to teach, who might not have done previously. She has encouraged young adults to lead and connect with the Cornish Youth team. She delegates successfully, when she is away on business, so that there is continuity in the running of the Cathedral practice. She encourages all in the Cathedral band to conduct or call call changes, some having rung for years and never called before.
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Hayley demonstrates one of the most positive attitudes I have ever seen in ringing circles. Her approach to all aspects of ringing cannot fail to encourage to others to ‘go ringing’! She encourages all and smiles even when the ringing goes wrong, always trying to take the positives out of a given situation.
She was one of the early pioneers on the use of Zoom to keep ringers together during Covid with Truro DG Sunday night zoom seminars becoming well known nationally. She, along with others recognised, the urgent need to train new ringers and, in particular, train new trainers, where a shortfall had been identified.
Her enthusiasm and dedication has made the real difference. She makes ringing fun, which encourage others to do more.
She has helped keep a log of individual new learners and their progress, vital when there are lots of learners. Progress generally has been assessed by results…see evidence above!
She is aware of ‘burn out’ both for herself and for others. To mitigate this, appropriate breaks from training courses have occurred (a bit like school holidays) and decisions on a realistic number of courses that can be run have been made.
Hayley’s enthusiasm and “can do” attitude and her ability to instil action by other ringers has made a significant difference to ringing in Cornwall, in what may have been a bleak post COVID ringing landscape.