Open morning for college

so this morning I went to an open morning. It was an open morning for the mental health in the community college course I want to start. It was very interesting. I realised after going to it that I definitely have an interest in doing this course.
We learned about the course, the structure of it, what we’d be doing etc. We’ll be covering four modules. Policy and practice, WRAP, the theory of mental illnesses, and community development. There will also be a research skill component in the course.
It starts on 5th december. We’ll do the WRAP module before christmas. WRAP usually costs 200 euro for a two day workshop, but they are offering it in this course as part of the course work. Which I am super glad about as I’ve never done WRAP before.
I filled out the application form and tonight I have to write a personal statement about why I want to do the course and about where I’m coming from etc. I plan on putting in it that I am a service user, that I work on friendly call and that I want to do this course both because I work in the field and work with mental illness related issues and also because as a service user and a person with lived experience of mental health difficulties I am really interested in it.
It looks like I might be successful though and get a place on the course. I am hopeful. There are about 25 places for people on the course.
So good things ahead for me if I do this. I am excited. Cant wait to start. Its a year long course. And at the end you graduate with a level six qualification, a certificate in mental health in the community.


Tech for the blind! go fund me!

So I have made a go fund me page. To raise money for the tech gadgets that I need, which are very expensive as they are specialised!
Can you all reblog, and or share this page with your friends? I’d really appreciate it!

thanks guys!

#whatif prompt 9-5-2018

Today’s prompt over at what if we all cared is:

high school regrets

Ok, do I have some? Of course. So what are they?

Well not finishing, is my biggest regret. I got sick in my 2nd last year. I was having severe PTSD symptoms. That was when I transferred to mainstream school and was doing my final 3 years at a school here in cork. Not a school for disabled people, but a mainstream school.

I got sick, and was hospitalised for a few weeks. After coming out of hospital, I didnt go back to school. Of course I was also being bullied then, so that didnt help matters.

Thats my biggest regret though, not going back. It hasnt stopped me from going to college though. Getting a degree and an education. I still did that in later years as an adult.


Career preparation

one of my modules on the ILS course is career preparation. this morning I worked on that module. Its quite detailed. There are a lot of different exercises to fill out for it. I made a personal profile. That was not too hard. I had to talk about my strengths, talents, goals and achievements, qualifications, education, etc. I had to pick out careers that I thought suited my personality and profile. Then I had to answer questions on planning a career. I had to explain terms like career, work, casual work, and so on. I spent about an hour and a half working on th e folder. I got a lot of work done. It was great. If I keep working at the pace I am working at now, I will have the module ready to be handed in for the summer and I should have my certificate for it by mid august. My tutor said hopefully the module will help me figure out where I want to go when I am finished the ILS course, I kinda want to work parttime, but we’ll see. It really depends on if I can find a suitable job, if not then I might do a CE scheme, community employment scheme. That is where you work 20 hours a week somewhere, but you only get payed for the work you do by the government, so it is kinda slave labour because your doing the same work that a full time employee would do but your getting a government payment for it. We’ll see. First I need to do this module, and then research jobs and schemes and stuff.

finishing up one of my modules on the independent living skills course

so I just got some good news! I thought I was way behind on my work experience module, and I found out I am not!
Yay! I am so glad!
I have the majority of the module finished. I just have to write my thank you letter to my employer, and my reflections on my work experience process. I cant do those though until I’ve finished my work experience. I also have to finish the diary I am keeping about my work experience.
I have 7 weeks of my work experience completed now. Cant believe I’ve been there 7 weeks already!
I am meant to do 10 weeks in total.
I will probably do longer if Anita is happy to keep me on. But after 10 weeks I can do the rest of the stuff that i need to do to finish up the module.
There is also a team work exercise that needs to be completed but I cant complete that unless one of my class mates is in to help me because we’re meant to work in teams to do it.
So yeah progress is being made and I am happy!

good and productive day at the independent living skills course

busy day today at the ILS course!

in the morning we did a module called personal care and presentation. to be honest i found it a bit simplistic, i could have taught it myself. it was about hygiene, health care, dental care, how to present yourself etc. i should fly through the work and complete it in no time.

After break we cooked. There were only 3 of us in today so the kitchen was fairly empty. We made vegetable soup, or I should say, I made vegetable soup, because the other two did not do much of anything except watch me.

I didnt mind though, I enjoyed cooking, and I liked that I could do almost everything, I liked that I had the confidence to do all the chopping of vegetables, sauteing the vegetables, and stirring the soup and blending it once it was done cooking.

We put carrot, onion, leak, cellery, parsnip, and lentils into our soup. We also put spices in there, cumin and curry powder, salt and pepper.

It was so yummy. And there’s left overs for tomorrow too, yay.

After lunch I walked the 10 mins to the bus stop with Nitro. I did not want to at first, but my tutor pushed me, saying we wouldnt have time to go tomorrow and it would be good if I did go today so I went and I am so glad I did!

When I came back we had our weekly reviews, that is where you write up a sheet about what went well and what did not go so well this week. You also say a little about each class and you can add suggestions for new modules or things you’d like to see added to the programme. There is a space to for tutor comments.

My review went great. The comments I got were awesome. Enthuastic, willingness to learn, good contributor in class, energetic etc. I was really pleased.

There was one negative. My tutor kinda lectured me because she said I used the emergency buzzer in my room inappropriately. You see everyone has an emergency buzzer in their room. last week I pulled mine to ask someone to bring milk to me. The thing is staff thought I’d fallen, or something. And a bunch of them came running thinking I was in trouble.

So I was reppromanded for that today, which was fair enough I suppose.

After class ended I came upstairs, fed nitro, and sat down on the couch, thinking to myself, i’ll sit here for five mins before I go make some tea. Five mins turned into me falling asleep for an hour and a half! lol what can I say I must have needed it!

I’ve been just chilling out for the evening. I’ve started showering by night instead of in the mornings so that I can have a little extra time in bed in the mornings, plus, its getting colder outside now, and I dont want to go outside with wet hair.

so yeah good day overall.
carol anne

I am participating in a documentary at the basement club tomorrow

so tomorrow there is a documentary being filmed at the basement club. it is all about learning and education and how we learn at the basement club through doing groups and having a recovery space and through mentoring and having a drop in information service. The documentary will be filmed over two days. then it will go on a couple of websites including our local health executive services’s website, and unesco, which is a european website which is about community development. 3 organisations were picked to be part of this documentary. only a couple of members of the basement club were chosen though to be part of it. i was chosen which is a great honour. i’ll be talking about volunteering as an admin and how i have learned from that. on wednesday we will have an art room set up and they will be doing shots of us doing art, to show off our creativity. in a couple of weeks i will have a link to the documentary, which i will be able to show all of you. so stay tuned. i am so excited to do this. it is a great opportunity to show off the work that the basement club does. and even though we are a mental health related organisation there is much much more than just mental health recovery that goes on in here. through groups and talking and sharing information and sharing ideas we learn. some people come and participate in one or two groups and then from that are able to have the confidence to go back to college. others are able to find out through our catch ups or from the notice board what is going on in the community. then there is the whole creative side through art and creative writing and gardening and other creative projects. the 3 members who were chosen to do the interviews tomorrow will do different things. one member will go to the green ribbon garden and talk about what he has learned from being part of the gardening committee each week. then another member will go into the resource room with denise who is the co-ordinator and talk about how finding resources can be helpful in learning and she will also show how staff help members fill out forms and other documents. and then i will sit with emily in the computer room and we will talk about the newsletter and ideas for that and how me being an admin and volunteering has helped my recovery and helped me to grow. it should be a really fabulous experience. i cant wait to be part of it.