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March: Celebrations and Farewells

 11th Apr 2017

I’m now a third of the way through my traineeship! I can’t believe how quickly it’s going but I’m having a great time with SWT and learning so much.

As part of my traineeship I’m lucky enough to be undertaking a Level 3 Forest School Leader Award. This month I started my training with Bridgwater College and competed a week-long training course. It was interesting and useful to learn more about learning and development, behaviours and schemas, as well as getting the opportunity to do some practical activities outdoors. I’m looking forward to putting what I’ve learnt into action in the six sessions I have to run for my coursework and at other school visits with the Trust.

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elder whistle that I made at Forest School training

The traineeship is certainly living up to its name- as well as Forest School training I also went on dementia awareness training and an orchard course! The dementia awareness training has helped me to think about ways in which community events can be made accessible to those living with dementia, whilst the orchard course taught me practical skills needed for planting and caring for apple trees. I’m enjoying the opportunity to attend courses like these which have given me a basic understanding of subjects and will no doubt be useful in future community engagement work.

With the end of March also came the end of the Routes to the River Tone project. To celebrate all that the project has achieved in the last three years and to also look ahead to the Trust’s future plans in Taunton, we held a big finale event at the Museum of Somerset, which I helped to organise. It was amazing to see so many people come along who have been involved with the project in various ways over the years and there was a real sense of pride at what has been accomplished.

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Left to right, Me, Claire Mountjoy, Rose Gater and Olivia Dullaghan ( Routres to the River Tone)

I feel very fortunate to have been involved with the Route's to the River Tone's work for the last three months and I am sad to say goodbye to Nick Tomlinson, the project manager, who has been great to work with! It felt very fitting that our farewell to Nick and the project was an afternoon exploring the River Tone by paddleboard, kayak and canoe!

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Farewell Nick Tomlinson!