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Review and Revamp -

It has been a while since my last Blog - and this is just a mini up-date - 

We have been revamping our promotional material and course information booklet - looking at courses ( those that have not had any take up and looking to replace them with some new ones to try and attrack learners ) 

We are trying to build our soical media presance and have taken to Twitter - 

Darlington Praxis

Here are results from our first wave of evaluations. These were carried out by Tutors in the classroom at the end of the first course ( 6th week ), They were carried out by learner's/volunteers completing our standard end of course evaluation form which all learners complete at the end of their learning which informs future course delivery.

third session thoughts

now well into the pattern of arriving and beginning the session, our third week began unlike the previous 2.  several interesting conversations and i arrived at a conversation with the tutor.

we had a really informative conversation about soundscapes and how in his opinion this is something i might well enjoy exploring and investigating.  i liked hearing his encouragement.  

encouragement it's something that i sometimes yern for but am unable to vocalise this need.

concertina time

i've been reflecting today about my concertina time at home.  i was lent the concertina by another member of the group after i felt at home with it in the session.

i've picked it up this week and made sounds with it, however it is nowhere like the experience with the group last week.  in the group i was able to experiment with the sounds it made within an improvised composition being created by the group.  i don't have any real understadning of the formal language of music, i simply respond to what i hear.

Frazzled Cafes...Ruby Wax

On Monday night the Wellbeing Team from Blackpool had a staff night out to see Ruby Wax on her current tour promoting the new book ‘A mindfulness guide for the Frazzled’.

Learn to Grow Learner feedback

Another positive testistment to the project in St Helens, in the learners own words

Learn to Grow - learner feedback

Positive feedback from one of the learners in St Helens who has successfully found employment, and has taken the time to email our project today... I'd highly recommend the courses to anyone as I've really enjoyed them and they've helped me in ways I didn't realise I needed x  

Photography and More

Hi All

We have been catching up with learners from year 1.....

The Photography and More group came together as part of the Learn to grow photography courses at St Helens Adult and Community Learning. The learners had experienced low mood, anxiety or isolation for a variety of reasons, but many of them said that the courses helped to build their confidence and helped them relax.

beautful musical scenes

i find myself sitting again at this time of the afternoon and my thoughts turning to the what to choose for thursday.  in my browser window i currently have 14 tabs open with music of some form or another slected in you tube.

in considering writing a blog post i review more thoughts and conclude that a considered post is going to be more appealing than lots and lots of you tube clips all in one post.  i am in effect realising the need to edit what i'm listening to.

how i feel today has influenced my choice of three scenes and for me they combine well.

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