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As part of their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, students at the College have been working alongside St Davids Care in the Community supporting adults with learning disabilities to take part in a range of conservation activities.
Organised by the College and Ian Meopham, a National Park Ranger with previous experience of working with St Davids Care in the Community, the students buddied up with the clients to take part in activities funded through the John Muir Award.
In total 12 conservation days were organised including beach cleaning at Newgale, clearing blackthorn at Abermawr, cutting down trees in Prendergast woods, clearing gorse at Porth Clais, orienteering at St Davids airfield and putting up fences at The Farm residential home in St Davids.
Billy Stewart, was one of the students to take part in the activities and commented: “The experiences we’ve gained throughout the first year of our course have been really amazing. We’ve learnt professionalism and have gained confidence in dealing with all kinds of people and situations.”
Fellow student Cath Smith added: “Through working with St Davids Care in the Community we have had lots of different experiences. The activities have been really hands-on and we have built strong relationships with the clients. The ongoing involvement with St Davids Care in the Community has been much better than doing a block work placement. I didn’t know what I wanted to do before I joined the course but I’d now love to work with care in the community.”
In total 12 Care in the Community clients buddied up with the Health and Social care students. Stuart Merritt was one of the clients to come in to the College recently to work on a display of the activities undertaken by his group. When asked about his experiences working with the students Stuart said: “The students have been really fantastic to work with and they have learnt a lot too. It has been great to meet lots of different personalities and make friends at the College whilst taking part in conservation activities.”
Kate Williams, course tutor at the College continued: “Working with St Davids Care in the Community has brought a real world element to projects and assignments as well as providing students with the evidence needed to complete several course units. The students have found the experiences invaluable in helping them to understand the theory elements of their qualification as well as giving them a real insight into the work undertaken in adult community care. We are now hoping to carry the success of this project forward into the second year of the course where the students will deliver workshops in activities such as cooking and arts and crafts.”
The adults, supported by the students, are now working on creating a display of their experiences to share with family and friends at a presentation to be held at Oriel y Parc in St Davids on Wednesday 13 June.