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.
As part of our Asdan course and ongoing independent living sessions we all visited the RNLI lifeboat station in Clacton and had a guided tour which was very interesting, we also learnt during the presentation what also the RNLI does for the community around our coastline.
We also enjoyed watching a few videos on what RNLI does in the community and at sea during there rescues, we also found out how much a suit that RNLI team members wear the cost was astonishing and the purpose of all the kit, for example we learnt that first a thermal base layer is put on to reduce the risks of hypothermia, followed by an all in one dry suit which is made from waterproof gortex and rubber seals and complete with boots and a helmet kit is vital to keeping crew members safe and healthy because without it they would also become casualties themselves.
We then had a look at all the different lifeboats and learned what situation they are best suited to example the most common lifeboat used is the D Class or B Class 85 inshore lifeboat, as these are smaller general all weather and can reach places others cannot, for major situations ie mayday call outs or threat to life, the Teymarch all weather self righting lifeboat is used or they might call in the coastguard helicopter for assistance.
We also learnt the lifeboat community is one big family, as people often volunteer their time after working hours to respond to a pager callout, which could mean missing out on down time or family in order to save another life.
Anyone could volunteer their time helping even if they don't have experience, as it is all learning and upmost teamwork, special thanks to Dennis for his fantastic informative briefing a great organisation and we all truly loved it...
Thank you once again
As part of Asdan, we as a group thought it vitally important to stress the importance of washing our hands and keeping clean and tidy, to reduce and prevent the spread of illness caused by germs.
During the Asdan sessions we learned about different kinds of microorganisms and particles of bacteria and fungi, that make up germs.
Some germs i.e bacteria can be treated with medication as with fungal infections, such as athletes foot or thrush. However many viruses can lay dormant in the body building over time to where they release toxins, pathogens and bacteria, that the body may not be able to fight off causing illness, disease or death.
Therefore we would like to share what we have learned with the use of our displays put up in the centre and recorded on our Asdan blog, because germs and infections effect all of us. We aim to maintain good standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
Well with the festive season looming, we decided to tackle heathy eating with all our clients, we looked at types of food, good and bad, eating a balanced diet and exercise, once again fantastic enthusiasm was shown and we set a task including ourselves to produce a food diary so we could analyse our findings.
Great understanding was achieved and through conducting and educating our clients in all our sessions on this important subject we conducted a food tasting session using some alternative low fat food for them to try all our clients made some good diet changes.
It was so good to see giving our clients the knowledge and understanding that some small changes can and will make a difference.
As part of our Asdan Independent Living skills group, we all spoke about an idea for a project to teach us skills to work as a team. So we all decided to improve the look of the community garden here at Bright Lives.
We as a group with the support of our tutor Laurie went to the green grocers shop and chose some plants including Herbs, Carrots and Strawberries. We planted them in the trough bed and carefully planted based on the environmental requirements needed for them to grow and flourish.
We have planted flowers as well around the beds, so the garden looks colourful and we also learned how to maintain the garden and plants and placing wooden fences at the edges of each flower bed..
Through this we are learned about maintaining a garden working as a team and how to plant edible plants that can be used in recipes, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
This blog was produced by the students here at Bright lives another successful ongoing project improving the skills necessary for moving into independent living....