A busy few weeks at Kingston Eco-op

Tanya Edridge-Cook, Operations Manager, Kingston Eco-op talks about what she and the Eco-op project have been doing over the past few weeks. 

Last Thursday we were sad to see Sam Carey leave Kingston Eco-op after so many years. Clients and staff enjoyed a leaving lunch with Sam attended by many. We wish Sam all the best with starting up his own web designing company. 

We were really happy to see the re-start of the Bike Workshop a couple of weeks ago. I visited the Bike Workshop at Ham Youth Centre last week and chatted with a volunteer and client and even managed to learn a thing or two about tightening brake cables, it's well worth a visit and currently runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am - 2pm.

A few Kingston Eco-op clients have been attending an IT course at Richmond Adult Community College on a Wednesday morning with a member of staff to support them. The course is tailored to suit the abilities of each individual client with plenty of 1:1 attention. One client has been enjoying learning how to email friends, family and staff at KEC! Another client has thoroughly enjoyed the use of a large rollerball mouse which has meant that she is able to navigate websites and the computer in general more easily. This is a 6 week course and the tutor has been very accommodating in running the course through the half term holiday to provide continuity for our clients. 

Thursdays has seen some clients and a staff member attending Richmond Adult Community College, in partnership with the YMCA, for an Employment and Life Skills course. This is a 4 week course to build confidence, improve social skills and set personal goals. Clients and staff were completely mesmerised by the guest speaker, paralympian Tim Prendergast, who shared his amazingly empowering life story of how he got to the Paralympics. A very inspirational tale!

On Tuesdays and Fridays we have visiting teachers from Richmond Adult Community College come to visit us at The Basement. Tuesdays we have art sessions for clients and they have looked at different works of art by a number of famous artists. Clients have then created their own versions of the artwork using a number of materials. We have a beautiful "Wall of Art" at The Basement.

On Fridays the English tutor, as well as several staff and volunteers, work with clients individually on their English skills. The tutor has an amazing knack of being able to provide activities to suit everyone's different abilities. This has proven to be a very popular session indeed!

We are hoping to look at other learning, wellbeing and exercising opportunities in the coming months alongside Richmond Adult Community College, YMCA and Kingston Adult Education.

If you are interested in reffering a client to Kingston Eco-op or volutneering with us, please get in touch with tanya@kingstoneco-op.org.uk. 

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