Our second week of placement seemed to fly by. We were begging to get to know all of the staff much better, as well as gaining a good understanding of what each group had to offer to their participants. Through getting involved with all of the groups, it has certainly allowed us to get the full picture of what Hyde Park Source is aiming to achieve.
On Tuesday the grow together Hyde park allotment group had a good turn out of people, everyone who turned up seemed to be ready to work and began to get stuck into whatever task that they wanted to be getting on with, people were spread over the allotment, weeding, cutting, digging and making a new archway for the entrance to the site as well as having a good old break and a brew.
Wednesday morning we went out with Ray to meet up with a group of co workers that had volunteered to help put in a new nature area for the school. While Eoin and i went off to wood chip a large pile of bush and brambles the group of workers were very fast in putting in a new wood chip path that will lead into the new nature area. Having completed this it came down to a through hack back of the hedges and various weeds and plants in order to create enough space open space for the real developments to take place. As the day drew to an end there was certainly a feel of achievement from the group of volunteers, as the area had been completely transformed from a overgrown area too a open space that clearly has a lot of potential for a natural area for the school.
Down at cross green there was a fair amount of vegetables to be harvested, with the turnips, collie-flower, as well as some late cucumbers to be picked. The cross green group is very well set up and there always seems to be variety of different tasks and jobs for everyone to be getting involved with. On this occasion we were cleaning away the pile of stones and compost, in order to create a fire pit and a sitting area, as the colder days begin to draw in.
In the afternoon Eddie went over to Killingbeck to meet up with Luke and had a fantastic session with the after school club taking them to the valley behind the allotment to go hunting for apples. The children seemed to really enjoy the open space as well as the enjoyment of finding the apple trees dotted around the area. The aim of collecting the apples was to squeeze some juices as well as making some dry apple slices on the Saturday session in the kitchen, making health happy alternative.
The morning of Friday consisted of Eoin creating a poster while i had a clean and a tidy of the workshop, as well as begging to put together a tool wall. Having done this in the morning we headed over to bracken edge for the Nature group and the after school class. The children had great enjoyment from finding out that we would be having a fire and cooking some cheesy pittas during the session, who doesn't like fire and food? Overall it has been another successful week for us at Hyde park source and we are looking forward the coming weeks!
Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we will try to come up with some sessions of our own and staert to get more involved with delevering groups and taking a more leading role within our chosen sessions. So we hope that you keep reading our blog to see how we get on in the weeks to come!
See you soon :)
SO HERE WE ARE! WEEK ONE OF OUR JOURNEY WITH HYDE PARK SOURCE AND THE START OF OUR LAST YEAR AT UNIVERSITY. TUESDAY MORNING, WE WERE INRODUCES TO THE WONDEFUL TEAM WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH OVER THE NEXT PERIOD OF TIME, AND THANKFULLY WE WERE WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS AND SMILES ALL ROUND. AS IT WAS A TUESDAY MORNING THE STAFF TEAM HAD THEIR WEEKLY MEETING, THIS GAVE US THE CHANCE TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT HYDE PARK SOURCE IS ALL ABOUT AND THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GROUPS AND PEOPLE THEY WORK WITH AND ALONGSIDE. THROUGH-OUT THE WEEK WE GOT TO MEET AND TAKE PARK IN MOST OF THE PROJECTS GOING ON WHICH WAS GREAT FOR US AS WE GOT TO MEET THE PARTICIPANTS AND ALSO THE VOLUNTEERS. FOR THIS WEEK’S BLOG UPDATE, I’LL GIVE YOU A DAY TO DAY ACCOUNT OF WHAT THE TWO OF US GOT UP TO SO YOU’LL KNOW ROUGHLY WHAT OUR SCHEDULES GOING TO LOOK LIKE FOR THE NEXT 9 WEEKS WITH HYDE PARK SOURCE.
TUESDAY, DAY ONE. AFTER THE STAFF MEETING AND OUR BRIEFING WE HEADED OUT WITH BEHLA TO THE HYDE PARK ALLOTMENT TO MEET OUR FIRST GROUP, GROW TOGETHER. THE GROUP WAS PRETTY SMALL BUT EVERYONE WAS VERY KEEN TO GET ON WITH WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. THE ALLOTMENT IS STILL IN ITS EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT BUT HOPEFULLY THROUGHOUT OUR TIME WITH THE GROUP WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE OUR ALL TO HELP CREATE THE GROUPS IDEAL LOCATION.
WEDNESDAY AT RICHMOND HILL PRIMARY. TODAY WAS A LOT MORE PHYSICAL AND HANDS ON! WE MEET TODAY’S GROUP OVER AT RICHMOND HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, WHEREBY RAY HAS BEEN DEVELOPING A GREEN AREA, IN ORDER TO CREATE A NATURE AREA FOR THE PUPILS AT THE SCHOOL. THERE IS AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM, BIRD WATCHING AREAS, AS WELL AS GARDENS. DURING THE DAY WE WERE THERE WORKING WITH THE GROUP TO PUT DOWN THE NEW WOODCHIP PATH AROUND THE GREEN AREA. THERE WERE MANY HANDS FOR THE JOB AND EVERYONE WAS VERY KEEN TO GET INVOLVED TO GET THE JOB COMPLETE.
THURSDAY’S MASH-UP! TODAY THE TWO OF US SEPARATED INTO DIFFERENT GROUPS AND PROJECTS. FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY EOIN WENT WITH BEHLA TO A VOLUNTEER’S FAIR TO TRY AND RECRUIT MORE STUDENTS TO COME AND HELP OUT AT HYDE PARK SOURCE AND EDDIE WENT WITH RAY TO CROSS GREEN COMMUNITY GARDENS TO HELP OUT WITH THEIR ALLOTMENTS. THERE WAS A GOOD TURNOUT FOR THIS SESSION AND IT HAD A VERY POSITIVE FEEL TO THE GROUP. AFTER THE SESSION WITH RAY I HEADED OVER TO KILLBECK WHERE LUKE RUNS AN AFTER SCHOOL CLUB IN THE ALLOTMENT OVER THERE. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NOT A HUGE TURNOUT FOR THIS GROUP IT WAS ENJOYABLE TO SEE THE ENJOYMENT THAT THE CHILDREN GOT FROM PICKING AND COLLECTING THE FRUITS. ONE CHILD WAS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON PICKING THE LARGE CUCUMBERS. EOIN WENT WITH CHARLIE TO THE ROSEBANK ANGERS GROUP WHERE WE DONE A BOW AND ARROW SESSION WITH THE KIDS. WE GOT THEM TO MAKE THEIR OWN BOW AND ARROW FOR WOOD, STRING AND FEATHERS. THE SESSION WENT GREAT AND EVERYONE REALLY ENJOYED IT (INCLUDING THE LEADERS).
FRIDAY – WE STARTED OUT AT NEWTON LODGE WITH RAY, THEY HAVE A WELL-ESTABLISHED GARDEN AREA WITH A LOT GOING ON. DURING OUR MORNING THERE WE WERE INVOLVED WITH PAINTING THE HUT IN THE CENTRE OF THE AREA, THERE WERE A FEW VOLUNTEERS AND WE MANAGED TO SUCCESSFULLY GET ONE COAT OF PAINT ON THE WHOLE THING. AFTER THIS GROUP WE HEADED OVER TO BRACKEN EDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL WHERE WE HAD A DURING SCHOOL AND AN AFTER SCHOOL GROUP. BOTH GROUPS WERE GREAT FUN AND REALLY ENJOYABLE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE.
OVERALL AS FAR AS YOUR FIRST WEEK OF A PLACEMENT CAN GO EVERYTHING WENT REALLY WELL AND WERE BOTH VERY HAPPY WITH OUR CHOICE TO COME TO HYDE PARK SOURCE TO DO OUR FINIAL UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT. HOPEFULLY AS TIME GOES ON WE WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECTS GOING ON AND MAYBE EVEN START UP AND BE ABLE TO LEAD OUR OWN GROUP OR PROJECT. ANYWAY, WE REALLY HOPE YOU KEEP LOGGED IN TO OUR WEEKLY BLOG AND KEEP UPDATED WITH US THROUGHOUT OUR JOURNEY. THANKS FOR TUNING IN AND SEE YOU SOON!
OVER AND OUT,
EOIN AND EDDIE.
Hey guy's, it's Eddie Olphert & Eoin Ruddy here and this is our placement blog. we are both 3rd year students from Leeds Beckett University studying Youth Work and Community Development. The two of us love being outdoors and getting our hands dirty with nature!