Sweeping away the competition
Have you noticed that Ponders End’s roads are a lot cleaner lately? That’s because there is a new street sweeper on the scene. Chances are you’ve been pounding the pavements that are on the beat of West Lea’s Supported Internship’s Alex Mole. Alex has been on a serious journey, and not just on his team’s work van. For the last six weeks Alex has been mastering the techniques of sanitation and waste disposal, personally purchasing equipment that he uses on his placement and putting hours into practising techniques in his garden. That diligence and commitment has seen Alex overcome a massive learning curve, increasing his effectiveness and making him a firm part of the team. Alex has been on the roads of Ponders End at 06:00am plying his trade and making a real difference to his community. In recognition of his efforts, Alex has been awarded back-to-back intern of the week and intern of the month awards. Alex is the personification of engagement, effort and resilience, and an inspiration to all involved with the supported internship.
Six Interns recently participated in a Work Experience Project at the Swan Campus sorting donations given for the two Learning for Life Charity Shops, in Edmonton Green and Enfield Town. The idea behind the project was to enable the Interns to learn about the various areas of work involved in working a Charity Shop, from sorting sellable items to be sold in either the charity shops, or on eBay, to steaming garments to be displayed and sold in the charity shops.
The Interns began by sorting the donations into the various categories, e.g clothing, books, CDs and DVDs and household items and choosing items that were in good enough condition to be sold on eBay. They enjoyed this activity and worked hard sorting the donations and deciding which item would go to which shop or on eBay.
During the project interns learnt how to use the steamer, steaming various items of clothing to be displayed in the charity shop. This out of all the activities they did was their favourite activity. They took part in various group discussions on what voluntary work is to the numerous kinds of voluntary work available for people to do and the reasons why people do voluntary work and benefits of learning new skills and developing existing skills whilst volunteering.
The Interns achieved many things from this project, from learning about the different roles in working in one of the Learning for Life Charity shops to learning new skills such as using the steamer and how to take a good photograph of items to be sold on eBay. Also, it enabled them to develop their existing skills in teamwork, listening to others and being non-judgmental to ideas that differ from their own.
Maynard Class got creative by making a bowling alley and snooker table from recycled materials. They look great! Well done. ?? #LearningForLife #education #learning
Thank you to everyone in the West Lea Community for your generosity in donating to @FoodbankEnfield #Adlent appeal. Collecting until the end of term. #thankyou #community #kindness #learningforlife @TrussellTrust @westlea_school @Meridian_Campus @HaselburyCampus
Contributions for the ADLENT so far from Dutoit Class. Well done for doing ever so well.
Jodi-Ann joined McLoughlin Group Holdings in Sept 2020 on a Supported Internship as an Office Administrator & they are now delighted to welcome her as a permanent member of the team! The team would like to wish Jodi-Ann every success in her future career.
Another great Online Safety information session for parents led by our Head of IT Angela Poplar. Please get in touch if you need any support with Online Safety concerns or installing security settings on social media or gaming accounts #community #innovation #learningforlife