It was with no doubt a week full of ”discovery ”. A tour round the building showed us how big actually Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale is, full of offices, kitchens and important people. We had the chance of meeting all the Team which were glad and happy to receive us and we even tasted some hilarious cakes offered by the Princes Trust team. The famous tour round the building had It’s climax when an amazing feeling of fun and happiness rushed in to our hearts as we discovered the pool table yeahhhh ¡¡¡¡
………and yes the question I am asking myself right now is ” Will Marc ever loose a game ¡¡¡¡???? ”
Leaving aside the fun, we had to settle down seriously for some important and useful training, equality and diversity is something crucial for Volunteering in a social environment, Mrs Clare Young started the class with a very peculiar and kind of obscure way: We were all oblige to say something secret about ourselves who no one would no in a first interaction…… Woooooo really amazing stuff came out, meeting Melanie Griffith ????, Coronation Street ???, David Attenborough ???, Under water sports ????
Early that week we were discovering with enthusiasm our brand new business office for the VPA students yeahhhh ¡¡¡¡¡¡ The computers were awesome, very quick and easy to manage…and for the first time we were using our personal Groundwork email, yes we were definitely part of the organization.
Some Marketing training with Andrew Fowler really gave a background about the themes related to the organization and encouraged us ‘’ please do not lose an opportunity to get involved and gain any more experiences you would desire to obtain ‘’
Later date afternoon an amusing class on bid writing with Mr Howes showed us the importance of shifting the verbal structure of phrases/words/ideas we commonly use in order to appear much more persuasive, incredible and almost magic techniques to engage…….
By Wednesday we were already starting to get ready for our working placement by just going directly to our office, computers on ¡¡¡ and filling the exercises, work book and sorting out our folders which were pretty much in a mess…Sorry Jo ¡¡¡¡¡¡. Victoria Martin gave us a small background to the ” complex ” financial system held at Groundwork. Maybe a bit more playful and interesting was Jo’s training on Safeguarding and Child protection where we made teams in order to work in group and later discovering what kind of learning method we personally have (Visual, audio or Kinesthetic) I am Kinesthetic !!!!!
Mr ” Magic ” Beere delighted us with some magical cards and coins that James Miguel (myself ) is still trying to figure out….. Mike Beere gave us a real solid background on Environmental Standards and how Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale is committed to the ISO 14001 environmental management.
On Thursday we also had an intense morning and afternoon on one of the most important issues at groundwork ‘’ the health and safety rules and risk assesment‘’ . Mr Holloway communicated to us with efficient and engagement helping us to understand the importance of providing training and equipment to Volunteers and how these could compromise to the organization.
The Summit Nature Site’s sign (nearly hiding away)
On Friday we were once again prepared for a wonderful morning out at the Summit Nature Park, it was so sunny and the birds were singing… ( well that was actually our most desirable dream ). Fortunately we had equipment as it is followed in the health and safety rules . Incredible Dene gave James Miguel (myself again) medical assistance since he had a bump to the head…. Thanks for saving my life Dene ¡¡¡¡¡ next time I will ask the the door frame to move on a little….!
Walking in the rain through the still wild countryside of Littleborough was indeed exciting and I say ‘’still’’ because the VPA is already organizing projects, risk assessments and actions to make it a much better place…
Branch in middle of the path. (important for risk assesment)
Photograph revealing the wild nature