Last week on the 29th April, we completed our sponsored walk around Mersea Island, this was to raise money for RNLI life boat station in Clacton on sea , the weather on the day was windy but sunny, which made our walk very enjoyable. The walk completed on the day was a took us approximately 4 and half hours and we completed 11 and half miles. We were supported throughout by our Tutor Laurie.
This walk was as part of our ASDAN ongoing qualification about working as a team and raising money through an event, firstly we had to choose a local charity, so we decided the RNLI was a worthwhile charity to sponsor.
We found the walk challenging and hard work, but it was enjoyable, this made us realise that others put their lives on the line every day like the men and women of the RNLI so raising this money put it into perspective the importance supporting this charity.
As part of this sponsored walk we have raised the grand total £486.50 for a very worthwhile charity the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, we will be soon presenting the full amount to the local RNLI in Clacton On Sea.
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As you already know Easter has come and gone we are back at Bright Lives working hard as ever learning new skills. Though we enjoyed Easter at Bright Lives our friendly and fun caring team of staff, organised a mini Easter egg hunt. We were put into teams, though we helped each other to solve the mystery clues, that led to our sweet surprises. We were all rewarded with little Easter eggs, as well as this, a small group of us designed some posters to take to the CO-OP funeral care shop. They were delighted with our posters and proudly displayed them in their shop window, we were kindly given an Easter egg, as a way of thanks. Bringing a bit of light and colour into dark and sadness This just proved the progress we have made and skills we have learned to be useful proactive people, bringing happiness and sharing kindness in the community
This year we are already springing into spring with our new plans for our garden project at bright lives for 2019. As part of our independent living group on a Thursday afternoon we focus on how to keep a home clean and tidy this includes the outside of the house the garden.
This project is beneficial to us as we begin to understand how to keep and maintain a household and garden, because a tidy and clean home and garden is imperative to health and wellbeing. in a crowded house as well the garden can be a retreat to relax and appreciate the beauty of the nature surrounding us. Following last years successful and popular garden project where as a group we enjoyed planting our own seeds which turned into flowers and plants adding colour to the bare flowerbeds and uprooting the unsightly weeds, we really reaped the rewards of our new found skills and hobbies. we helped make the community garden a relaxing place for all to enjoy we even planted our own vegetables and fruit.
This year we plan to continue this work and more in depth learning about horticulture and generally uplifting community spirit.
o with the holidays over and the new year underway we have begun to learn many new things as part of our asdan sessions. With the help and guidance of our tutor Laurie we have already been busy producing some important work collectively, as a group this year we are "shining a light" on the topic of forming friendships and learning how to look after ourselves first and foremost.
We have been tackling the importance of maintaining confidence and how to combat low self esteem, with new members of the group this year we are also emphasizing the vital skills to be able to help ourselves and how to better understand and help others who may find things a little bit harder Our aim for this year is to learn how different people can communicate and contribute to learning in their own way. we are working with the ethos to "be kind and do good" we have learned so far that it is important to keep ourselves healthy and happy both physically and mentally to give ourselves the best foundation with which to progress towards achieving our goals.
Another really successful session the group as always surprised me with the level of great understanding of these vital skills needed to communicate and make decision's in life, truly inspirational group of learners.
Over the past year 2018, we have completed another different set of lessons as part of our Asdan qualifications. This year we have learned about eating healthy, evaluating our own diets and lifestyle some of us made changes to healthy alternatives to some meals, that we may like so that we can still enjoy them but not over indulge.
We have been out on two very good trips this year learning about both transport, safety and community spirit. The first was the Chappell railway museum here we learned how transport has evolved over the years. The different types of engines and their usage i.e some freight trains still carry animals and people and machinery. Trains have come through a power source switch from coal to electricity.
We also visited the RNLI museum in Clacton from this we learned about how the lifeboat crew work, helping to save lives in danger at sea or answering pager calls to assist others. They also help people to help themselves in the water by use of event days and float to live campaign work. We have produced a poster on the dangers of online dating, as part of our Asdan relationship course. This is because we feel as young people starting to learn about ourselves and what we want and need we need to know about different relationships how they function and the difference and signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships to ensure that we are safe and happy.
Another project we helped with during this year was the Garden project, we worked as a group and tidied the garden, de weeding old plants and planting new plants including our own herb, fruit and veg to make the garden a pleasant area for the community.
So overall as a group we all learned a lot this year, how to make positive changes to ensure we maintain healthy bodies and general health and wellbeing. We have also learned about Teamwork, forming good relationships and supporting each other, this helps us to identify healthy relationships recognise different types of positive relationships and maintain these. Which is the vital key because even as a team if one person thinks they cannot achieve something then how can others help? From this we have learned the answer to that is by working, collaborating setting differences aside in order to understand each other to make it easier , to work effectively as a team bringing different skills together to make a big and positive difference.