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fab four

happy international day of happiness everyone.  yes today is this amazing day and i wanted to mark it here on my blog before reflecting on my fab fourth session.  this morning i've been a volunteer in a local park where we've been coppicing hazel.  the particular bush had been left for so long it had become several small trees around 6 metres in height.  this morning was made more challenging by continuous rain.

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.

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