Prince’s Trust: Day 33 (Wednesday 17th May 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

I finished the database I started yesterday as promised.

Shuaib joined me here at the publishing house and we had a chat. Low and behold about 10 minutes later we were joined by our (Team Leader) Mel. We had a general catch-up and unsurprisingly Shuaib nearly made her cry with all the good stuff he’s been doing. His supervisor has been surprised by how well he’s coped and the different things he’s done to help out others. Much like all the rest of the group, Shuaib can do anything he puts his mind to.

As I write this at the end of another long day, I’ve no idea what tomorrow has in store for me. But I’m ready for whatever task Ash and Lianne or Andre give me tomorrow.

I can go home feeling happy and fulfilled about what I’ve done today. I’ve taken regular breaks and even fitted in some writing into my lunch break (it was only 250-odd words but every little helps right). As soon as I’m home I’ll be writing more of my novel. These days I wake up feeling awake and ready to smash my target word counts. The Prince’s Trust has changed me more than I thought, and, come to think of it when I wasn’t even aware of it.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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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 16 (Wednesday 19th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

It’s a very short blog post from me today.

This morning we were doing folder work. I’m not going to go into detail about that because I don’t want to bore you.

This afternoon, some of us went to the jobs fair.

I’m going to be honest, I know I’ll never find the job I’ve always wanted at these places. Neither can I see myself having a job that I am not passionate about; it’s fair to say those advertised at the fair (engineer, scientists, sales managers, & managers) are just a handful. I have nothing against the jobs, they neither float my boat or fit my skillset. I’m sure some of you have read the scientific papers which have tested out these theories. There’s no greater evidence for my nerdy-scientific family to digest and reinforce the message. There will be no greater thrill for us all to enjoy when my hard work pays off and the dream turns to reality.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 5 (Friday 31st March 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another relative short blog post from me.

I woke up aching from all the weeding we did at the elderly care home on Thursday. I made it into our base though. Just about. You should have seen me at lunch-time, there was so much lactic-acid build-up I thought I would need a Zimmer frame at one point!

The first thing we did was our first weekly diary in our folders. There’s another good reason for why I do these blogs! I was getting asked questions about what we did from everybody.

Then we did our Level 1 Food Safety exam. We’ll get the results and the certificate in the post.

In the afternoon, we finished our weekly diaries and went back to the college to pick up our college passes. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a student, I kind of miss using it an excuse (mainly to eat as much as I want – don’t get the wrong idea, I didn’t starve myself as a student).

After that we went to the city centre to go shopping-shopping (a.k.a. clothes shopping- my worst living nightmare) for residential purposes. Things we wouldn’t mind getting dirty: trackie bottoms (gym pants?), hoodies, long sleeve shirts and a pair of shoes.

I went and bought myself a solid pair of multi-activity shoes and then went home.

Sorry it’s been relatively short these past couple of days. I promise, next week will be much more livelier and exciting. Don’t forget to check back to see what we have been up to!

 

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 4 (Thursday 30th March 2017)

Hey everybody,

Just a short blog post from me today.

Blighty is famous for its torrential rain; this morning was no exception. Even though the weatherwoman on the telly said it would be ‘very warm’, I predicted it would rain. By heck, did it rain!? I was soaked by the time I arrived at our team base. On days like this, I really wish someone had invented mini-windscreen wipers for people who wear glasses.

We arrived at the care home which I had missed out on yesterday when the rest of the group were briefed on what we had to do. We had to remove all of the weeds from the plant beds. We got stuck into the task despite the rain. Although an hour before the lunch break was called I was told off for working too hard and many didn’t hold back in telling me how knackered I looked. I appreciated their honesty but ploughed on regardless. I like to work hard for my lunch, it makes me appreciate it more. I took my break – a coffee and homemade energy bar (again another of my mum’s recipes – if anyone is interested in making them then comment below, and I’ll post them here on my blog) and was mercilessly ribbed for trying to hide from my duties. There’s so much sarcasm in our group that it just makes me laugh, and if it could fill a swimming pool we’d all be swimming in it. In jest, they even started calling me ‘Mum’. What can I say? Being one of the eldest, most mature individuals I feel large responsibility for everyone.

As a ‘thank you’ from the care home for what we did, we were given doughnuts. I can’t even remember the last time I had a doughnut.

Kelly told us that prior to this one-day project, they would be looking at who would be good at leading which activities throughout the course. I was told I’d make a great leader if only I was more vocal. ¬†Well to that I say, let’s just wait for ressy!

A funny thought to end today’s blog post: as I was walking home I recieved a lot of weird looks from passers-by. It wasn’t until I got home and washed my hands that I realised why. I had inadvertently painted half a beard of mud on one side of my face!

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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