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Learn to Grow - reflections of a tutor

As the project draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on our Learn to Grow programme, developments and lessons learned, and also on my own personal journey as a tutor and co-ordinator.

positive visualisation

about a month a go i started a part time position within a project that i've been connectd with for about a year.  in conversation yesterday while reviewing and reflecting upon a recent session i found myself discussing how within my own practice i've been reviewing how i use visualisation to help me in new situations.

it's only recently i've been aware of how i use visualisation, even though i knew i was making mental preparations for things yet to come.

i'm crossing my fingers

my phone vibrates and i'm distracted from pondering what to write for this blog post.  there's a need to record and reflect about what i've done lately and still i have no clear starting point.

i think how i felt at the very beginning of my journey through the research project.  as i continued to grow and gain confidence the no clear starting point became a faint thought and i grew in confidence as i met with and got to know those on the course and those delivering and administering it.

last friday my journey reached a station as a result of making the journey itself.

Day in the Life and volunteer feedback

One of our former research volunteers sent a heart-warming and inspiring message. Check their journey out on our project webpage - The Learning Curve.

We have just started another course this week, a confidence course with our tutor Angie and we have another which will start next Thursday (29/06/17), Creative Crafting. In early July we have our final course, Circus Skills!!

Mental Health and Wellbeing Take Centre Stage

A free five-week course at Towner Art Gallery, run in partnership with Sussex Downs College, shows how a collaborative community approach can support mental health

Case Studies..........

We've just uploaded two new volunteer case studies to our project page - The Learning Curve. Do check out the journeys of Jan and Sue who both did courses as research volunteers and then went on to volunteer on both the MHP project and other Learning Curve courses.

Adult Learners’ Celebration June 17 in St Helens

The team were really pleased that 50 learners from the project attended the annual ACL adult learners’ celebration (2/3 of participants!). 39 completed our next steps booklet and 4 received an award in recognition of their progress!

all around me

outside this morning is the sound of a petrol driven hedge clipper, neatening up the hedge over the road from where i currently sit.  my back is to the window, a technique i've recently adopted to reduce the amount of distraction i allow for myself.  instead i look into the room.  tantalisingly my cup of tea is a short walk away.  i've sat to write a blog post and i'm negotiating how to begin my writing.

the tea was cool and easy to drink.  

Art and mental health


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