One door closes, another opens and this door closing has finally allowed me to get on with the future me. I have now completed and filed my School for Social Entrepreneurs application for a new social enterprise venture, which will encompass the volunteering activities I previously carried out. Forms to convert my dormant Ltd company to a CIC are ready to be filed. I hope this will allow those who cannot employ me as Moors Wood (usually because they are grant funded with conditions applied) will still be able to access my expertise. I also want to "give something back" to my community and setting up a CIC seems a good model.
My self employed business is finally flourishing as people have begun to actually offer to pay for what they previously got for free from me as a volunteer, but will no longer get as I am not, any more.
Am a bit gobsmacked tbh and having crawled out from under the potting bench to do this I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received.