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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! 


with a clearer mind i arrive at making another blog post.  i think the post is about acceptance and how this helps me in my everyday life.  i think it's about acceptance as i'm still writing it and accept that i don't fully know what the post will be about.

something i know i do want to write about is how i've been coping with a sitution at work.  

mechanics of expectation

in the recent post about the celebration event i attended i spoke of myself relative to the musical performance.  since publishing the post i've been thinking about the mechancis of expectation of words i find myself encountering.

in the post i swerve around the word musician.  i swerve it as it conjurs up an expectation - in me at least.  i can;t say for sure where this comes from although i could make an informed guess of historical influence from an early age.

so exploring my expecation of the word musician i find that the range is small - at least i thnk it is.  

its ok to like myself.

i'm in reflective mood today after being at the bluesky celebration event of the centre where i've been a learner.  i took a personal situation into the space on friday, hidden from view.  as  i listened to stories of others on the programme the tears helped me to work through the hidden situation.


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