Week 9 completed.. I have finished my placement at Hyde Park Source and what an experience it has been. I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Hyde Park Source and I am so grateful that I was able to do my placement here.
I cannot describe how brilliant of a staff team I was able to work with, they are the most kind, caring and hard working staff team I've ever worked with. The whole staff team made it their mission to ensure that I was involved with the whole organisation, that I got involved with volunteers and communities groups so that I could get to experience all of Hyde Park Source. I had such a brilliant experience and time with Hyde Park Source and I am so thankful for all the help and support I received throughout my placement. I always felt valued and a member of staff that was respected and I received so much care and support from the whole staff team. I enjoyed every day, with every group from the primary school groups to Cross Green to Spring Valley Rangers, all groups were so fun and so enjoyable. I really enjoyed all sessions and gained so much from them.
A special thanks to my supervisor, Behla. You are such a brilliant person and I am so thankful for all your hard work, dedication and support. You have helped me so much and you are a brilliant worker who's commitment I aspire to have.
I can't believe that I am sitting at home writing my final entry of my placement blog, 9 weeks have flown and I feel like I only started placement a week ago, 'Time flies when your having fun'. Thank you for reading and I hope you all enjoyed my blog. Best of luck to Hyde Park Source and the staff team, I wish you all the best and I hope the organisation continues to be as successful and grows every day.
For the last time,
8 weeks down.. one to go. What a week! This week was full of activities and sessions as usual at Hyde Park Source. The weeks are getting a lot more busy as there are 3 school programs that started after mid term which means that my week gets more hectic! I spent time in the office this week planning sessions as it was my last full week at placement so I wanted to make sure it was my best. Wednesday morning we were at Brudenell Primary School with the reception class for forest school. However it was snowing so we had to stay under shelter. We build paper potters for planting and we also made another wooden plant pot for their class. The snow was falling pretty heavy so the session mainly consisted of having snow ball fights.. who can complain about that??
On Thursday I was at Richmond Hill Primary School helping with the tree planting in their new 'friendship garden'. There are 20 classes at that school and each class is planting a tree in the garden. We spent the day at the school and each class came out and helped plant their class tree.
As it was World Book Day and we went to Bracken Edge Primary school for their book day activity night. We had a table set up so that people could make wiggly pencil toppers and we also had the option to make paper potters to take home. It was a very fun night and there was a lot going on in the school that night so it was very busy.
Friday morning at Blenhim Primary School. We were planning on building planters for their yard but the snow got the better of us! Instead we made snow shapes and using a mixture of food coloring and water we made a spray that turned the snow different colors- this was pretty fun and something i'd never done before but it was such an easy activity that the children enjoyed so much. That afternoon we started the first weekly session at Bracken Edge school. The aim is to have two afternoon sessions, one in school hours and the other after hours. This week we began with the in school session and we done a range of activities, such a building a den, playing some games, planting some seeds and doing a group agreement. Next week we are due to have both afternoon sessions start which should be a lot of fun.
Sunday 6th March was an action day with my favorite group, Spring Valley Rangers. I helped plan a day filled with activities and games. We played games, build a fire, made some lunch! Cheesy pitta's, vegetable soup and roasted vegetable kebabs. All part of my program, 'Healthy Eating and Exercise'. The young people really took part and had such a good time! They learned how to light a fire using flints, fire safety and cooking using a fire bowl. As it was Mother's Day we made some cards and done some arts and crafts. We spent the majority of the day playing the young peoples favorite game '40/40' or as others call it 'swat tig or blocky blocky', what ever the name, its very fun!
Next week is my last week and I am really going to miss my placement, all the groups, the volunteers and the staff. I am going to make my last few days count.
Until next time.
7th week completed and I am nearing the finish line! This week was another busy week at Hyde Park Source but in a different context to other weeks. I spent a lot of time in the office planning sessions and training evenings. This was pretty stressful and tiring but it was also enjoyable to be deep in the office and logistics of Hyde Park Source, I really enjoyed working in the office more this week as I felt like I gained a lot of knowledge about how the company works day to day. I helped plan and facilitate a training session this week for volunteers which was really good and something I hadn't done before, in the context of delivering training to people older than me.
A school session started this week- Brudenell Primary School in Hyde Park. We were working with year ones to build plant potters. I loved working with young kids at that age, they are just so much fun and entertaining. The session will be every week, one week with the year ones and the next week with the reception class. It's a pity I wont be there to see the whole programme out as my placement is coming to an end..
I had my regular session at Spring Valley Rangers this week and it was the second week of my 'programme of intervention', it was very fun and successful as the weather was really good so we spent the entire session outside. Sunday the 6th of March at Spring Valley Rangers myself and Charlie have planned an action day, that should be interesting and I will post about it next week.
Next week is going to be very busy and full of activities and sessions so please keep reading my blog. I have two weeks of placement left and I tend to make the most of them.
Until next time.
6 weeks completed!! I am very near the finish line of my placement and I have been very busy as usual at Hyde Park Source.
Week 6 was pretty hectic and it felt like the week never stopped. We done so much this week and we spent two days in Hetchell Woods with Leeds Coppice Workers. Wednesday we took a group from the Rosebank group and a family from the Killingbeck group. We went to Hetchell Woods and we spent the day there doing outdoor activities, such as den building, fence building and learning about the woods and what the role of the Leeds Coppice Workers is within the woods. The day was overall very successful with one or two hiccups, one being we had a young child upset because his wellies got muddy...something that we could not avoid considering the environment. Behla made a hot lunch which was a nice treat in the woods, tomato soup and cheesy pitta breads! I left Hetchell Woods on Wednesday, muddy, tired, but excited to be back there again the next day.
Thursday we took a group from 'Cross Green Community Group' out to Hetchell Woods, they were very excited and ready to go to the woods and get stuck into the work. Thursday was a completely different day to Wednesday because the group dynamic was different as they were a lot older. We done more work with the woods, we done layering and some tidying up of the woodland area. We learnt so much about what layering is, what coppicing is and why is it essential for this to happen in order to benefit the woodland areas.
Friday at Richmond Hill was so successful because we had a team of 20 volunteers from NHS who came out to help us for the day. So much work was done and the progress of the sight had changes drastically from the previous week. It was brilliant to get some extra hands on the project, the work we got done on Friday would have taken weeks longer if we hadn’t have had volunteers helping us.
Next week is the start of my 7th week at placement, meaning I have only 3 left. Hopefully I will have a successful and enjoyable three weeks remaining at Hyde Park Source.
Until next time.
5 weeks down, 4 to go! I know I've said it a lot, but my time here at Hyde Park Source is just flying by, if I blink in the next 4 weeks I will have missed everything. Anyway, ill tell you about my week.
Spring bank Primary, reception Forest School finished this week, pretty sad to be finished with this group as I really took to all the children and I felt like we had built great relationships. Sad that its over but looking back and reflecting on my time at this school, I had such a great time every week, from the sessions, to the staff and more importantly the children. They were always so cheerful, bright and enthusiastic, wind, rain or snow! I think why I enjoy these sessions so much is because I have had limited experience working with children so young, and its so enjoyable, they always are happy and they say the funniest things ever which makes the session atmosphere so good! For our final session we done a 'mini beast hunt'. Very successful and very fun! We found so many 'mini beasts' and the children really got involved and had fun, which is the main thing. I will definitely be sad to not have another session with these receptions.
I hadn't been to Cross Green in a couple of weeks due to other commitments, but this week we got so much done and I was glad to be back. We are continuing to clear out the area that will be used for their new sensory garden. Two weeks previously there was a wooden fence put up to show where the new garden would end, however when we arrived at cross green's this week a part of the fence had been kicked in, annoying and unnecessary, but the group were still positive and brushed the incident off. We got on with work and we started to fix up the poly-tunnel. I am excited to get planting now that we are coming into spring, the weeks ahead seem very exciting! It was cold this week so we made a bonfire, someone forgot to bring the marshmallows however..
This week I started my 'Programme of Intervention' with Spring Valley Rangers. I was so nervous because this group, even though they are so great they can also be unpredictable. To my gratitude the young people really got involved and participated which was brilliant. They all seemed to engage with the session and were all paying attention. My programme is based on 'Healthy Eating and Exercise', for my first session I created an activity that the young people could separate healthy and unhealthy foods into two areas. We played some games and incorporated the session focus with the games also. I was really pleased and surprised at how much the group engaged and took part. Hopefully my next session goes just as well!
Richmond Hill is coming together, slowly but surely. This week we laid more path and created some steps in one of the areas where the ground wasn't level. Our first week at Richmond Hill we created a dinosaur sculpture out of excess soil, this week we created a butterfly where we are planning to make it into a flower bed. Still so much to do but it will be done, week by week. Rome wasn't built in a day was it?
Have a nice week, stay safe and get gardening.
Why is time going so fast? I have just completed my 4th week of placement at Hyde Park Source. I feel as though if I blink the rest of my time will fly past me. Once again another busy and great week on placement. Each week is always enjoyable and I think because the days are so fulfilled it is means the time goes so quick.
This week at Spring Bank Primary School we had a special request from the 'Wizard of Headingley' exciting or what?? He wanted the receptions of Spring Bank Primary School to make some magic potion for him, a potion to keep him young. This was by far my favourite session we've done. The children were so creative picking items to go into their potion. We had a magic tester, a power that when added to the potion fizzed; confirming if the potion was magical! This session really brought out my inner magical fairy side.
I missed Cross Green and Spring Valley Rangers this week as I was ill, but I was back for Richmond Hill School. This is a project that I really enjoyed because we are transforming the area into a new space for the school. We met with the school team to discuss the process and see what the next few stages are. Once again there is a lot more to come so make sure you are all keeping focused on my blog.
My 5th week starts and I have another busy week, I am starting my programme of intervention with the Spring Valley Rangers group. I am delivering a 4 week programme on 'Healthy Eating and Exercise'. Wish me luck!
Untill next time.
Week three done and dusted! The usual story in Hyde Park Source, busy every day and always something to do, but i'm not complaining! Always having different projects to go to means that I so involved with the design and planning process of each project which is really interesting.
The weather wasn't on form last week, meaning that forest school at Spring Bank Primary had to be taken indoors...we had to improvise and do something else. We made lavender bags and magically wiggley wands. I have never experienced such excitement and imagination with children, each person came up with a different magical property of their wand which was pretty funny and interesting to hear.
Wednesday was a change from the ordinary wednesday plan, Hyde Park Source had an activity with Spring Bank Primary school to do mosaics with each class. Each year group picked an animal to represent their year, such a diverse range of animals from squirrels to wolves to penguins. I had never done a mosaic before so it was definitely a learning curve for me. The finished products looked amazing!! I will get some pictures defiantly upload them on my blog.
Spring Valley Rangers, it gets more exciting, and something different happens every week. It is definitely a group that changes every week and can be very unexpected but so enjoyable. I have really started to build good relationships with the young people at the sessions and I really enjoy being apart of the sessions. Our plan for week three was to put their already made bird feeder into the ground and fill it with feed for the birds in the area. Our main activity for the session was to make wind chimes with old unused keys and plant pots. The young people had such a great time doing this and each person seemed to have a different method to how to make their wind chimes- as opposed to the original model.
Richmond Hill Friday's... Does the wind and rain have a timer to when we are working at this project? It is difficult to lay paths when the wind was so strong, but that didn't stop us and we have made so much progress with the area.
Next weeks is my fourth week with Hyde Park Source and I am so glad I have decided to do a blog following my journey on placement. I think it has really helped me and it has been something I have really enjoyed and I am looking forward to keep adding to my blog and hopefully add a gallery in the near future.
Have a good week and keep reading 'Beth's Placement Blog'. See you next time!
Week two, completed!
Another crazy busy week at Hyde Park Source, I have just finished my second week and it has taken me longer than expected to update my blog as I have been so busy this week. Last week felt like I had settled in and I believe that everything is coming together, the projects I am working on and what I will be doing throughout my placement and I couldn't be more excited!
My week began at Spring Bank Primary School, we planned a nature scavenger hunt and the receptions loved it! The programme is called 'Forest School' so we try and ensure that our weekly sessions are outdoor, weather permitting of course, we try and ensure that sessions are enjoyable and follow the guidelines of 'Forest School'.
I also went to Cross Green community garden group on Thursday, and again we were working with the group and volunteers with their latest project- a community sensory garden. Right now the area is overgrown with trees and bushes so we have been tackling that problem bit by bit. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will have made a lot of change and we can begin the garden.
Spring Valley Rangers- Once again the session was so enjoyable and entertaining. Last week we drilled the already made bird feeder to their raised flower bed. After this we filled their pre made bird feeders from the week before, young kids, bird seeds, small space- can you imagine the aftermath??
The weather on Friday was not good, it rained all day however we still worked away at Richmond Hill School where we are creating a new area for the children. A messy and mucky day but we still got work done!!
I cant wait to update next week, I am half way through my 3rd week and it has been so busy and fulfilled!!
Keep reading, there is a lot more to come, believe me!
My name is Beth and I am on placement with Hyde Park Source for 10 weeks as part of my degree. I have just completed my first week, a very fulfilled and jam-packed week. I have decided that a good way to keep track of what I have done on my placement is to do this blog. So stay tuned and enjoy!
Hi my name is Beth. I am 19 years old and I am currently at Leeds Beckett University and in my second year studying Youth Work and Community Development. I have been placed with Hyde Park Source as part of my degree, my second year practical placement.