Health & Social Care
Our Health and Social Care students received a special visit and inspirational talk from John Hastie to explain the important role that carers have in his life and the challenges this brings.
John always recruits his own Personal Assistants and he explained what he looks for in a carer and his expectations of the people he employs.
John talked about how he has lived his life with his disability and the group had the chance to ask questions and gain a real feel for the role of Personal Assistant.
John was so impressed with the group that he recruited two of the learners to join his team of Personal Assistants
Business and Administration
Students on an ‘Business and Administration” course have proven their entrepreneurial flair by successfully linking up with students on a Pathways course who are learning carpentry and building skills to enable them to go on to further training or employment.
The Opening Doors students had been tasked with carrying out a business enterprise activity to put into practice branding, marketing and sales skills learnt as part of the course. To promote cross college collaboration, the group joined forces with the Pathways students’ ‘Pallets Project’ which has involved creating bespoke furniture from recycled pallets donated by staff and the College’s estates team. The project aims to benefit these students as well as supporting the Trades 4 Aid voluntary programme which has so far sent teachers and students to the Gambia to help with local building projects. The Opening Doors students successfully marketed and sold the furniture over two lunch times at the College raising over £160 in sales.
Jim Hynes, Opening Doors tutor, said:
"This is an excellent example of cross college working which has allowed both sets of students to gain real life experience of manufacturing and selling a product. Everyone who took part showed real commitment and drive to produce some fantastic results."
As part of our Health and Social Care course we have introduced a team building day for the learners to experience a new skills in a fun environment.
Our most recent course took advantage of learning how to make mosaic pictures led by City College tutor Emma Sutherland. As you can see from the picture to the right the group had a lot of fun and produce some excellent work
A group of Opening Doors Health and Social Care students have been identified to volunteer on an important local project which is aiming to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the elderly population.
Volunteers will work over a 12 week period with an elderly person visiting twice a week for an hour. Each elderly person will learn how to use an iPad which will enable them to Skype family members or to use apps that can be of use especially when a person has the early stages of dementia.
If the pilot is successful in Brighton then it could be rolled out nationally so watch this space!