Stationery for you or your students

We’re having a clear out at the Leicester branch office in preparation for our move to 101 Hinckley Road on 13th August.

We have a large number of surplus A4 ring binders and lever arch files and an even larger number of plastic wallets. If anyone can use them, do give us a ring to arrange to collect them. 0116 2519740

Suffragettes – film out October 15

The film Suffragette is released on 30th October 2015. We’ve checked and it will be shown locally.

votes for women

SuffragetteColours   We’d appreciate suggestions for a talk/course/activities to either coincide with the release of the film or to offer in Spring term 2016. We’d anticipate offering ‘something’ in all parts of the region as we think the publicity around the flim will be BIG. There are places to consider visiting: The Pankhurst Centre 62 Nelson St. Manchester http://www.thepankhurstcentre.org.uk or the Suffragette collection at the museum of London you can also receive up to date information about the film on Twitter @SuffragetteFilm Film trailer:

Any ideas contact Nikki/Barbara/Andria  in the first instance – we’ll let the other organisers in the region know of your ideas. PS this could be an opportunity for cross curriculum activities

Found the B*ggas – recent post on the history space blog

GETTING THE MESSAGE  ACROSS  …………….

It is supposedly summer, all is quiet, you might think we’ve forgotten you, but here’s a thought  to ponder over your iced Pimms* (*other iced alcoholic drinks are available)

Chat at a family gathering has prompted a recently retired family member to start her quest to find out more about our ancestry. The gathering was only 2 weeks ago and since then we’ve all received daily up-dates of her findings by email – some sent in the wee small hours.

‘Its addictive isn’t it?

‘What do you think a labourer at a mineral water works did?’

‘If we knew him as John, why do you think he was christened Colin, with no mention of John?’

‘Oh dear, some of the family are not going to like what I’ve found today!!’

‘Will you come and search around graveyards in North Staffordshire with me?’

AND finally the comment from the title – sent at 3.30am Tuesday this week (I apologise in advance for the swear word)

YAYYYY FOUND THE BUGGAS … They only went and changed the spelling of their surname mid-century

Now whilst I find this family member’s enthusiasm and exuberance thrilling; it has set me wondering .. discovering our personal past, our histories, is very important in our knowing and understanding who we are .. but how do we get this message out to potential students to our genealogy courses?

How  do we promote family history to show that tracing back your ancestors is about far more than discovering that X had two children out of wedlock?

From this, I then began to wonder about how we promote our other courses –   should we be thinking more creatively within our publicity about the perhaps ‘hidden’ course content – wider context etc and stating this,  not simply the specific course content/topics. As CIS are now mostly on-line, could we add a line relating to this? Or should we even be considering this?

Thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Meanwhile I await today’s email and along with it the next revelation!

Tutor Portal Training

WEA North East region are going to be running an online training session for tutors and have extended the invitation to tutors from the East Midlands. The Session will take place between 19:00 and 21:00 on Thursday 30th July.

To book a place simply click on the link below and follow the on screen instructions. Full details and further instruction will be supplied via email after a place has been booked.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-webinar-wea-tutor-portal-training-tickets-17724530548

News of a Reminiscence Resource via Marks and Spencer

 Information of a new resource which may be of use to any of you working with older people, or people with Dementia, or if your thinking of incorporating Reminiscence in your courses, or simply for general interest.
Bringing Our Heritage to You:
New Reminiscence Resources from the M&S Company Archive

It’s Dementia Awareness week and the M&S Company Archive is delighted to be launching exciting new resources available on loan for anyone interested in running a reminiscence session or activity.

Our reminiscence packs contain a selection of historical items based on two themes, ‘What We Wore’ and ‘Childhood’. The handpicked items such as children’s toys, games and clothing, men’s and womenswear and accessories, are specifically chosen to inspire people’s interest and to encourage them to share their memories. We also include all the information you need to run a reminiscence session including example questions, hints and tips and ideas for other reminiscence activities.

Since the M&S Company Archive opened to the public in March 2012, we have run an active community programme within the Leeds area, engaging with local groups using archive items from over 130 years of M&S history. Our new reminiscence packs will allow group organisers across the country to loan the resources to run their own sessions using some great M&S items. They will also enable more people to experience our fantastic collection and use it to spark their imaginations and share their memories.

A great activity for older people’s groups, care home residents or other community groups, reminiscence therapy and sharing memories can be a very sociable and enjoyable thing to be part of.  Through discussion about particular items, people gain increased feelings of self-worth, ability to communicate better and increased social interaction by sharing their experiences.

Would you like to borrow one of our packs?

To find out more information or to book a pack please contact the Archive Team on 0208 718 2800 or email us at companyarchive@marks-and-spencer.com

Calling craft and recycling tutors

17238599We’re having a bit of a clear out in the Leicester office.

We have many (and I mean many) used plastic wallets we no longer require.

if anyone can make use of these, perhaps in a recycling project? email me ncleaver@wea.org.uk and I’ll arrange to get them over to you.

Women on the Map app

smartphone-clipart-gg60853238   Women in History app

A new app is being developed that makes your phone buzz when you are near a place where a woman has made history. Women on the Map app is part of Google’s Field Trip app it is aimed at girls 13-22 but am sure of interest to any age. Info

This has me thinking .. what interactive app would we like to see developed? and what a great enrichment resource this would be.

Course Programme Worker Posts Available

Course Programme Worker

Permanent, 17.5 hours a week. Salary Grade C £23,145 (pro rata)

The post will have an office base in our Lincoln office on Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln

The Course Programme worker is responsible for organising a programme of adult education courses and activities. This involves working with WEA branches’ of volunteers, student groups and local community partners in Lincoln, Louth, Sutton on Sea, Bardney and Nettleton.

The successful applicant will have experience of teaching, training or working with groups of adults and of developing partnerships in local communities. An ability to travel within the County is necessary.

Course Programme Worker  – Lincoln South

Permanent, 17.5 hours a week. Salary Grade C £23,145 (pro rata)

The post will be home based with access to facilities at the Lincoln office on Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln

The Course Programme worker is responsible for organising a programme of adult education courses and activities. This involves working with WEA branches’ of volunteers, student groups and local community partners in Stamford, Boston, Sleaford and Grantham.

The successful applicant will have experience of teaching, training or working with groups of adults and of developing partnerships in local communities. An ability to travel within the County is necessary.

 

Closing date for applications: 12 Noon Monday 27th July 2015

Interviews: Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August at our Regional Office in Nottingham

Further information / application pack is available electronically – email emrecruitment@wea.org.uk or visit our website http://www.wea.org.uk.

INVITATION: Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Excellence in teaching and learning event at WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 0TD on Monday 29th June 2015 from 16:30 – 17:30.

We are planning an event as part of the Festival of Learning 2015 in order to highlight the importance of skills and lifelong learning. The event, Excellence in Teaching and Learning will give visitors the opportunity to celebrate the dedication and success of the tutors, students, staff and volunteers who are committed to maintaining the values at the WEA.

We would like to invite you to attend the event on Monday 29th June 2015 from 16:30 – 17:30 at 101, Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 0TD. You will have the chance to meet Kerry Gray, Chief Executive of Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Services (LASALS)  as well as speak to the learners and tutors who are a part of our thriving community.

True Colours – Community Learning Mental Health Pilot – Tutors needed

The WEA is pleased to announce the launch of True Colours – The Community learning Mental Health Pilot project in Nottingham.    If you are a WEA tutor or support worker with experience and commitment to this area and are interested in joining the project delivery team, please email abirch@wea.org.uk

For more information about the project see the WEA press release here:  http://www.wea.org.uk/News/Mental-health-pilot-launched.aspx

and the project blog here:  http://truecoloursproject.wordpress.com