It was really interesting to see the pupils engaging with the project and talk about it with them. Middlefield and Hampton Manor are a part of our history and I believe they should be a part of the curriculum. The people that lived in these places should always have their stories heard and never be forgotten. It was lovely to see the younger generation showing an interest and hopefully the story/history can be passed down for many generations to come. Some of the students said that they had talked about institutions at home after the workshops, learning more about the past from their family members and extending the conversation.
It was a really lovely afternoon and I hope to make it to another arts workshop (they are not on my normal working days). Everyone was really polite and friendly and it is a really lovely school. The students all enjoyed the workshop, and the quote of the day was “Can I take my masterpiece home?” I feel pleased that I have overcome a challenge because I want other people regardless of their disability to have confidence in themselves that they can do things, and I hope I can help and encourage to others by challenging myself and getting over the barriers.
That’s what I would like to say to the pupils: regardless of your disability just do the best that you can. I hope that I can show that they can have a job and help others (if that is their wish) for nobody should have a barrier to finding work or have a barrier feeling like they can’t do something without getting to try it first. The students have their work experience this week and they were really looking forward to it. The arts workshops have also helped contribute towards the students’ ASDAN awards.
Thank you to Forest Oak and Craig for working with us. I look forward to visiting Forest Oak again in the future. You can see the rest of the photos from the workshop below.