Today is my last 'official' day at placement. Had my final meeting today, which went definatley went well.
I have grown and developed so much while here, both in my practice and personally. The saying 'learn something new everyday' has been very true while here, whether it was learning what a Forest Garden was, how to mix cement or just learning about a green lifestyle. It has been a great experience and I loved it.
This week is my last week here at Hyde Park Source, sad times! I have had a really good time here, I will definatley try to carry on volunteering.
We had another good session at Killingbeck, we are going to go to The Beck youth center next week as we want to also be working with the young people who go to the center.
Also we finally finished Wythers, we have picked the litter and painted the fences! (This point makes me happy).
As I promised here are photographs of what we have done over the past few weeks at Killingbeck, Rosebank Rangers and Wythers.
A quick update, I will edit this tomorrow and add photos when I have access to the photographs...
Killingbeck was a big success on Monday, every week we see to be attracting more children. We had three new young people, just as encouraging we also had a young person that we had least expected to attend to come. I got the chance to work with him on more of a one-to-one basis this week, which was good as we took apart pallets that were on the allotment site.
We also had a representative from the newspaper come and take some photographs of the young people to show the hard work that they have been doing since we have started.
On Tuesday we had some students from the University of Leeds, who are doing some research on how companies communicate with each other, come into our staff meeting. They told us we had a very good way of communicating with each other. Which is a good sign!
Yesterday, was also Rosebank Rangers. The young people were very hyper and unfocused. But that is okay, you have to expect that with children every now and again. We were able to reflect on it and we will work out how to adjust the session next week so that it is fun and enjoyable for the young people.
We had our quarterly social on Tuesday, which was good as people got to see what Hyde Park Source are up to. It was also a chance to introduce our NEW Volunteer Coordinator! Which is exciting.
As always we were at Killingbeck on Monday afternoon.We had at least twelve young people come, which is a big jump from six! It was a tiring afternoon, as some of the young people who came, had previous history with each other, so we had to work out how to manage that. However, it was a successful session, we were there an hour longer than normal, we managed to dig one of the raised beds up, had a fire on the go and the kids tried peppermint and honey tea - which most liked!
Also yesterday was Rosebank Rangers and what a nice sunny day it was. We were out on the Rosebank, trying to sort out the fruit bushes. It was nice to not have to worry about being cold and it went relatively well.
Today we also met a first year student who will be starting placement with us soon and shadowing me and what I do for a while. Then eventually she will take over the things I do, including the blog!
The interviews begin today for the job vacancy we have, I found it really interesting how the process works from advertising to meeting the applicants (I’m the person who answers the door today – it’s an important job!)
This week at Killingbeck was our first week actually on the allotment. Our older person holds an allotment on the plot, so we looked at hers and she told the young people what she has and what she has done on their. Also one of our young people’s dad also owns one of the plots on the site, so he told us as much he knew about that. Maybe it’s because I haven’t done much work in the past to do with gardening especially with young people, but it surprised me (in a good way) just how engaged the young people were in the session. They were very excited coming up with many ideas for the community plot that we are going to use
Also I never round to putting up the picture of one of the bird boxes that one of the teenagers at The Beck had spray painted, so here it is. (Click on it to make it bigger).
We had a Community Action Day on Saturday, where we litter picked, planted, made stools and graffiti walls. We had around 70 people come. There will be a fuller account of the Community Action Day in the next few days on the news page - so keep checking it!
Yesterday, we once again had Rosebank Rangers, we planted some left over plants from the Community Action Day, and we were able to be outside the whole session, as it’s lighter for longer! The Rangers also finished putting wood chip around the plants that were planted on Saturday. They worked very well together in this session. Getting on the best I've seen since I joined them.