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How the IAG offer enhanced the learning on course for one of our learners


an informative period of time preceeds this post in which value has been at the forefront of my thinking.  as well as thinking there has been a lot of doing, i think i've had my busiest january for some time and its been good.

WOW! - It continues - What an eventful Autumn term.

So it's been a while since my last blog entry and so much has happened since then. Like everything in education nothing stands still...

End of Learn to Grow project overview

As the project has finally come to an end we have collated the journeys of both the project and some of our inspiration learners. Please see attached.

time for choice.

i'd like to share with you a couple of things that have been on my mind for a few weeks now.  one is about mental health considerations in the work place and the other is connected to a conversation about recycling.

The End - or Is It?

August 2017.  I have been reflecting back on my time on the project, as the MHRP comes to an end, or is it?

I realise have faced many struggles challenges and opportunities, both personally and professionally. 

Celebration Event

We are holding a two hour event to enable our volunteers to once again meet one another and our teaching staff on Friday 1st September at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington from 12 noon until 2pm. We are providing a buffet lunch for invitees and showcasing learner's work from the Refocus with Digital Photography and Rejuvenate with Upcycled Art courses.

Blackpool film screening Sept 14

I'd like to spread the word amongst everyone interested in supporting mental health awareness about an upcoming free screening (supported by Blackpool Council Arts & Wellbeing) of The Closer We Get, my feature documentary. Amongst other accolades, it was Best UK Feature at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Awards and was screened on the BBC in 2016.  

The free screening is at 6pm at the studio at the Grand Theatre (Blackpool) on Thursday Sept 14, and as seats are limited to 45 it's advisable to book ahead here:

conditions for learning

i'm drawn this morning to remember good old maslow and his heirachy of needs.  it's a theorectical basis within the level 3 forest school leader course.  it's argued that for a learner at forest school to truely be in the moment and start to get the most out of the process their needs to be met.

i'm drawn to maslow today because i'm reflecting upon the last two weeks.  a time in which there was much uncertainty and eventually disappointment.

Knowsley FACE Forward: Starting Over - A Road to New Beginnings

Starting Over - A Road to New Beginnings is a reflection of only the first year of our FACE Forward project.  We need some time to fully reflect on both years given the change of content from generic ACL provision to more specific Group A mental health content.  It is humbling to have worked with so many individuals who have reached out to community and adult education and who tell us that their experience has changed their lives! 


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