The majority of my first two weeks have been scheming and planning for future weeks. Having completed the usual induction procedures, meet everyone and sat in on the regular Tuesday morning meeting, I got straight to work. First task - understanding how a Karabirrdt works. Put simply, it is a technique for planning, implementing and monitoring a project. I am yet to see it in practise, and while it seems to me that it might be framed in mystifying and exclusive language, I am interested to see how it works in practise. Everyone here seems quite excited by it.
That Tuesday afternoon, Behla and I went to work with the GROW TOGETHER group who were this week building bird boxes which the following week would be sanded down and then put up around Hyde Park. This was a really enjoyable first experience of working with HPS. Initially, I was worrying that I might be the third wheel in the group and I wouldn’t have anything to contribute or help with. But, like with everyone I have met at and through HPS, people was open and welcoming. Two bird boxes, and a couple of scratches on my hand later, we strolled back to HPS through the Rosebank (another HPS project).
Since then, I have predominately been planning projects alongside Luke and Charlie for Killingbeck and Rosebank. The following Tuesday, I went with Luke to the Killingbeck site, where he showed me around the allotment and into the nature reserve next to it, where we are planning on running outdoor games and activities for a group of young people from Thursday. Similar to the activities I have subsequently been designing with Charlie for Rosebank, we have been attempting to work out how to integrate growing food with playing fun inclusive games. We’re trying to avoid a situation where games are the fun part, and time on the allotment is the work. For both projects, we have now discussed and identified a series of activities which will hopefully be suitable to the groups we’re working with.
Having spent over 10 years helping run outdoor education activities in a variety of different settings, I’m keen to develop my practise at HYP. I think there is significant scope for collaboration and I look forward to taking full advantage of this opportunity. So, I better stop writing about it and go out and do it.