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Positive and Enriching Partnerships

posted 7 Mar 2014, 06:50 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 06:51 ]
Health and Social Care training provider LimeSkills and Felixstowe Academy piloted a partnership that provided Health & Social Care students the opportunity to support adults with learning disabilities in the wider community. The programme was facilitated by Ms Becca Macro from LimeSkills and regular drop in visits were attended by Mrs Couto.

Academy students were given the opportunity and privilege of working with a group of learners at Genesis, through our work placement with LimeSkills.

The programme enabled learners from Genesis to achieve an award in the Independent Living Programme.  Students supported and encouraged the learners to develop new skills and improve their independent living skills, and gain more confidence whilst out in the community.  This included aspects of road safety, food hygiene and nutrition, money and budgeting.  All of the participating students have fond memories of various cooking sessions baking bread, cookies and wholesome meals with their learners.

Mrs Couto, Subject Leader for Health & Social Care was delighted by the project, saying "A fantastic partnership was established, and one that has provided our students with a range of opportunities that we will be exploring later in the year.  I feel incredibly proud of the professionalism displayed by our students and would like to thank each of them for their commitment and enthusiasm throughout the programme.  My thanks to all the Genesis Learners on the Independent Living Programme, their parent(s) and carer(s), Ms Becca Macro, Jenny and Genesis for this invaluable and unforgettable experience."

Not only was the experience positive for the learners, but it was also a wonderful and enriching opportunity for all the Felixstowe Academy Health & Social Care students.  They have clearly grown in confidence and feel that they have a better understanding of working with people with disabilities.

In February the students will be commencing the next stage of our work placement, which will be carried out in care homes around Felixstowe.

Jess Couto

Sixth Form Health and Social Care Student