This is ProjectBrum, 2017 Week 3 and I’ve had a great week. This week ProjectBrum has welcomed the second group of students into the project. While some timetables are being sorted out for the first group of ProjectBrum students, I have been spending more time with Usman, as I am his mentor. Our aim at ActiveStreets is to get the students from ProjectBrum who work with us to eventually close their own street for an event 🙂 . The time I have spent with Usman on ActiveStreets this week has been really encouraging for me because he was so on board with the idea of his own closure and so innovative when collating information about his own street. Exciting times ahead for ActiveStreets!!
As Usman has now been assigned to Big Birmingham Bikes we will have to think of a way to pursue this ActiveStreets project further with him, it would be amazing for him to organise his own road closure in his own street especially in his first ever summer here!
Thursday this week I spent most of the day in the kitchen with Olga helping out with the Real Junk Food Project. The Real Junk Food Project receives donations from restaurants and supermarkets of food that would otherwise go to waste. The project turns the food into healthy, nutritious meals and delivers them here in the cafe on a Pay As You Feel basis. I had a really great day working in the kitchen with Olga, cooking and then helping serve the food. Despite peeling the tops of two of my fingers 😦 I am looking forward to going back in a couple of weeks, it feels good to be a part of a project that reduces waste while supporting the surrounding communities.
For more about each project click the links below 🙂
The Real Junk Food Project
For those who don’t know, ProjectBrum is a newly created summer placement scheme within Birmingham’s Wellbeing Service. ProjectBrum is being run for the first time this year and I am very excited to be a part of the project. This is not my first time working for the Wellbeing Service, as last year myself and a few others worked here, predominantly within ActiveStreets. Because I have already worked a summer here at the Wellbeing Service, I have been assigned the responsibility of ‘mentor’ for ProjectBrum this summer. I will be posting biweekly blogs to document what I get up to in my role as a mentor.
In the first week of ProjectBrum I really enjoyed meeting the new people I will be working with, including getting to know our project leader Emma better. The time we spent doing activities together, though there was some time to spare, was vitally important for us to get to know one another and create the best foundation to then enjoy our summer working together. In just a week I could see the students in the project opening up, becoming chattier and more engaged with the activities and presentations. I found the reception that the projects within the Wellbeing Service were getting from the students encouraging and I am looking forward to telling them all about ActiveStreets in the coming week.
To find out more about ProjectBrum, ActiveStreets, ParkLives and other exciting opportunities the Wellbeing Service can provide for you, visit the pages below 🙂
Birmingham Wellbeing Service
Speak to you again soon !! Ruth
This is the first ever project that I have worked on with other students in regards to putting together a programme for the Summer. Whilst I had planned for two weeks worth of inductions, I can see I overly compensated on the timetable, having to fill empty spaces with quizzes or activities for the students. Whilst they didn’t mind this, I believe in future we can do the induction in one week rather than two weeks. But after all, these first lot are our guinea pigs so to speak.
However, I think that the difference from day one is astounding. You can see that these students have come out of their shells and become comfortable seeing each other day in, day out. One students in particular has gone from being super quiet to super comfortable and talking louder with no hesitation, they are getting more involved rather than sitting in the background quietly.
But in all honesty, I could not have done it without the support of my mentors and partners in crime. They have been such a massive help – filling in for other staff members who couldn’t make it or just enjoying some time with the students. So thank you to those guys!