This Wednesday was a brilliant day of celebration when the participants of the ICICLE project (see our earlier post about the project here) got together for their end of project graduation presentation. The celebration took place at the University of East London’s Docklands campus and brought together the five groups of learners who have been at the heart of the project since it started in September 2012. The groups came from Eastway Care Silvertown, Eastway Care Leytonstone, the Maples Centre in Barking & Dagenham, The Tower Project in Tower Hamlets and Woodbine in Redbridge.
Wednesday’s event was the first time the participants have all been together in the same place at the same time, so there was a real buzz in the room and a shared sense of pride as people reflected together on what they have learned over the past few months of pilot workshops. Before being presented with their certificates a nominated participant from each group stood up to speak about their experience on the project. This is what Judith from Tower project had to say:
Between February and July this year The Rix Centre, Multi Me and XT Learn worked with forty learners with disabilities and their supporters from these five different groups. The learners were also supported on a one-to-one basis by volunteer trainee teachers from the University of East London’s Cass School of Education. This proved to be a unique learning experience for the trainee teachers, providing them with valuable insight into working with people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Absolutely everything you need to know about the ICICLE project is contained in the online ICICLE ‘Project in a Box’, including what we did on the project, project findings and impact, videos, case studies, and information about how you can run your own community learning project like ICICLE.