‘Teachers teach and Learners Learn’ is a phrase I came across when I worked in education. However, I don’t believe it’s true.We all learn from each other and our experiences in life.
I didn’t think I enjoyed learning when I was at school, but I had to do it. Now, I am older I love learning, as long as it is something that sparks an interest in me. Since I started at Red2Green I have had to learn lots and I am thriving on it. I love learning about the organisation, about those who attend, about how charities are run, about other organisations we work with. Every day I learn something new.
We call the people who come to Harvey’s Barn ‘learners’ even though they aren’t all learning a curriculum. In Aspirations (for anyone over 16 yrs on the Autistic Spectrum) learning is centred around new skills such as social interaction, being healthy and staying safe etc. This is done by working with our learners to find out what they really want to know more about, and that way everyone learns something new. In Options (for adults with learning disabilities) we learn through a wide range of activities such as cooking, art, drama, keep fit, Tai Chi, gardening or going out in to the community. What you have learnt today?
4 January 2019 Running and day-to-day running with Liz Taylor, Chief Operating Officer Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to write about all that happens here at Red2Green. I’ve been here 4 months, the time has gone so fast and I feel so settled that I can’t imagine being anywhere else! Seeing the work here has been a privilege and I have been honoured to quickly become part of the team. Highlights for me have been lunch with the Ely drop-in with Support (for people living with mental ill health), carving pumpkins with Aspirations (for people on the autistic spectrum) and the Christmas meal with Options (for people with a learning disability). I love having lunch at the Hearts and Crafts Community Café and Garden, the café apprentices do a fantastic job. Our staff here are amazing at working on tight budgets. A lot of work goes in to fundraising and it makes such a difference, but there is always more needed, for furniture, a new kitchen, equipment, activities and more. We are so grateful to all the organisations that raise money for us (the photo shows me collecting a cheque from the Co Op’s community fund from the Fulbourn store). One day Jackie (our CEO) and I were chatting about running, Jackie is an avid runner I am definitely not! Knowing that raising more money would make a difference I, possibly stupidly, agreed to start running and raise money. I’ve signed up for a 10k in June and I plan on running a half marathon with Jackie in November. That means I need to start training, as I currently don’t run. I’m nervous about it – but I know I can make a difference to our clients with the money I raise and that is my motivation. So, my job is to ensure smooth running of our services, but now I am running in my spare time too!