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.
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.