Archive for June, 2014

Thumbs up 2On Tuesday 17th June 2014 Rhys and Hannah, two students from Oakwood Court College in Devon travelled to London to be part of the Right not a Fight Campaign at the Houses of Parliament.

The Right not a Fight campaign calls for students with a learning difficulty or disability to have the same choices that most young people take for granted, such as choosing a further education college that best meets their learning and support needs.

With the sun shining brightly and not a cloud in the sky, Rhys and Hannah were part of a huge group of young people chanting and holding their banners high ensuring that everyone could hear their combined voice. Students were able to talk with passers-by, tourists and MPs and explain why they felt the need to back this campaign and to tell their own personal story and experiences of accessing education which met their own personal needs.

Rhys was interviewed by ITV where he was keen to tell the reporter “Going to Oakwood College has allowed me to live life to the extreme and actually make something of my life” while Hannah was able to spend time with an MP and talk
through her experiences of accessing education and even getting an autograph!

After an exhausting day of rallying, holding banners aloft and even a quick visit to number 10 Rhys and Hannah returned to Devon full of news for their fellow students and happy to have been part of such an important campaign. Both students are now keen to ensure their story is heard by as many people as possible and are looking forward to being interviewed by the local papers in their area. In addition to this Hannah is doing a report of her own which will be available to read soon on this news feed.

On Tuesday 17th June, a group of students from the Dawlish and Torpoint sites attended Plympton fire station for the annual ‘Blue Light Day’. There were great fire displays and students were able to sit in the emergency vehicles and watch a dog display which they enjoyed.

Students were able to spend some time talking to the fire, police and ambulance officers, dog handlers and first aiders. They learnt plenty about what each service does on a day to day basis,what is required to work in the emergency services and much more.

DSC_0127     Demonstration from the fire crew   Students taking a picture with a policeman     Student stood with a paramedic inside an ambulance