First week on project!

Hello! Here is the first VPA instalment of the hugely anticipated Spring VPA Scheme 2013 blog! Undoubtedly you will all be bouncing around with excitement at receiving this update, so please settle down and allow me to indulge you in our first week of activity!

Having completed our two-week introduction to the VPA programme and Groundwork as an organisation, we have now started our individual projects. Already I find myself with a long and growing to-do list which is great as I like to be busy!

On Monday I met with Izzy who I’ll be working with on the Energy Efficiency Scheme on behalf of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. This pilot project aims to improve the energy efficiency of households with the Smallbridge area, through small installation measures and promoting energy efficient lifestyles. We’ve been out to site to see the area and met some of the local volunteer we’ll be working with to coordinate the project. Already it’s clear to see the area with benefit from the investment and hopefully this scheme will grow in size and be the first of many!

Wednesday saw me making fun maps on ArcGIS and outside in the BEA-utiful yet freezing cold weather, starting the National Access Project with my project officer Jo. This involves using gadgets to map a 53 mile stretch of British waterway on behalf of the Canal & River Trust. I’m looking forward to when the hot weather rolls in and I’ll be getting plenty of vitamin D and exercise!
Thursday brought about the first weekly team meeting and cemented the project’s commitment to ‘fattening’ up the VPA’s. We’ve had flapjacks, a buffet lunch and have now committed to the cake at every meeting :O

Friday is my first conservation day, fingers crossed for a sunny day and a warming fire on site 😛

Thanks for reading

Dan

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