Prince’s Trust: Day 21 (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another short blog post from me today.

We managed to apply two coats of magnolia on the kitchen walls. Honestly, walking into the kitchen was like walking into a freezer and that was down to the really British weather we keep having. British summer is here because it keeps snowing! It’s been so cold that my nose could have run the London marathon all by itself, or at least the distance from where I live to where the project is.

This afternoon, some of us managed to start on the artwork side of things. I need more practice and that means less opportunities to nanna-nap when I get home. When it’s finished I’ll post pictures of what we created and you can make the judgement for yourselves.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 20 (Tuesday 25th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short-ish blog post from me again.

This morning when I walked into the building where we are doing the renovations, I found out that some members of the team had already baggsied me yesterday.

I know, it came as a shock to me too (not so much of a shock to Mum though, I expect).

My job is in the kitchen with a few of the lads. Some of you might be thinking, well a kitchen is a woman’s domain. It’s not always the case, I know plenty of chaps who are quite decent in knocking up a solid meal. ¬†According to the lads I’m helping out, they said they only chose me to help them because I’m the hardest worker in the team.

Now before you start getting your knickers in a twist, I’m not full of myself. Far from it.

Although I’m very flattered that they think of me like this, I don’t subscribe to their opinion. Everyone in Team 125 is as hard-working as each other. Admittedly, we do lose focus sometimes and the maturity levels slide with it, but as a collective, we have great potential and its important that we find a way to extract it. I’m going to try and help with this.

I spent the morning sandpapering the kitchen walls and painting the corridor walls.

This afternoon, because of something I can’t tell you about, we were unable to finish what we started this morning. Instead, we did folder work.

Now, I need to come up with a word to describe the accumulation and mixture of different charities.

Tomorrow, I start on my artwork.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 19 (Monday 24th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

All members of the group were at the project today bar two of us. Unfortunately, I was one of those who wasn’t there. There must be one of those 24h sickness bugs going around.

I heard back from Kelly who said that both herself and Mel were impressed with the press release. It was within word length too! I’m so glad it went down a storm.

I have it on good authority that the group started painting the walls of the corridors and they also started work on demolishing the kitchen area. They smashed it apparently (not literally, Kelly would be up to her eyeballs in paperwork – don’t ask, it makes for a very unhappy Kelly so we’ve been told).

Honestly, I can’t wait to re-join them tomorrow.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 12 (Tuesday 11th April 2017)¬†

Hey everybody,

Today we were working on our CVs either creating them from scratch or updating them. It’s been a month since I last did work on mine and it usually changes whenever I do any work experience. 

We were also updating our folders on ‘Teamwork’, ‘Community Projects’ and researching ‘Work Placements’ for the two weeks after we complete our Community Project. No rest for the wicked, eh? I prefer it like this at least there’s a really slim chance of getting bored or any type of thumb-twiddling activity going on. 

Tomorrow, as the team’s Accountant for the Community Project I’ll get my hands on the prices and start putting together a realistic budget. I’ve never felt this excited about crunching numbers since my IGCSE ‘B’ in Maths. No, it doesn’t bother me if it sounds geeky, but my amazing grandmother can solve mental arithmetic questions in her head before anyone can reach out for the nearest calculator or smartphone. Not so geeky now, is it? 

Speak soon,
LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 9 (Thursday 6th April 2017); Day 10 (Friday 7th April 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another short blog from me today.

If I had to sum up the day, I’d call it a learning experience. We went wrong so many times but in those moments we pulled together as a team and managed to make our way around the course. We finished close behind the team who had completed the course in just over three hours.

Below are some of the activities we did during ‘The Great Escape’:

  • crossing the river by plank bridge
  • climbing hills
  • climbing walls
  • Floating downstream by canoe – quite a few fell in. The rest of us faced the consequences – a wet muddy bum.
  • Rafting
  • Finding blue gems

The views from the top of the hills were breathtaking. If you’ve never been to Shropshire I highly recommend it. We stayed in Walcott Hall.

Afterwards we did ‘The Spider’s Web’ where the smallest of us went through the biggest holes at the top and the largest went through the holes at the bottom. It took us a while to finally work it out. We were only allowed 5 lives – we used up 3 in our final go.

Thursday night was focused on packing up our things and cleaning. We were to leave the place in similar condition to the way we found it or better. I mopped the floors.

By 1o:30am we had to have left the following morning. We arrived at our base at around 12:30 – 1pm, carried in the left over shopping and went to get our bus passes and go home. I was so happy to be home. The sun was shining and warm. Life was great but I spent that weekend trying to recover from the 13 hour days.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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