Occupational Study Group

Our first Occupational Studies Group has started!


Meet the guinea-pig group…

We are the guinea-pigs, because we are trying out something new and are learning together, which is very exciting.

We met for the first time in April. It was so nice. Everyone was smiling, looking forward to starting, feeling very excited about the new project. Ten people are in the group: 2 ladies and 8 gents. We are trying out the idea and will be looking at many different areas, depending on what people are interested in.

The first session was great. We introduced ourselves to Tracy, a lady from North Yorkshire County Council who will be in Botton regularly to work with the group.

Then we had some lovely cake from the Coffee Bar (thank you, Coffee Bar team J) and after that went back to the Old Store to finish off some work. This first session was aimed at getting to know everyone in the group, settling in and finding our feet. It also allowed us to already demonstrate some skills for the module called ‘working as a volunteer’.

The project we completed in session 1 was making some little woollen bobble hats. The hats we made will raise money for Age UK, a charity that supports elderly people. If you want to know more about this initiative to support elderly people, have a look at this link:  http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/corporate-partners/cause-related-marketing/innocent/

This is what the bottles look like, dressed up with handmade hats and here are some examples of the hats we made:






Future plans:

The first meetings were with the whole group doing activities together. After that, Tracy and Anja will work individually with people or in smaller groups. The current programme will come to an end in September, and Anja is actively arranging the next group which she hopes to start shortly after the first group have completed their projects.