This week is SCLD’s Learning disability week. We’re celebrating employment of people with learning disabilities by all joining in and sharing our day to day lives. Each day this week, our dancers and other staff are going to write a day in the life blog showing exactly what they get up to at work. Check back each day for different stories.
Today’s blogs are from Adam and Danielle.
Today I get up at 6.45am! This feels really early for me and I’m tempted to ignore my alarm clock, but I need to be in town to meet IND4 at 8.15am, so I get up, get ready and have breakfast . Normally I take the bus into town myself, but as it’s an early start, Dad takes me in by car on his way to work. It’s a lovely sunny day, so I wear my favourite hat!
Today IND4 are performing our children’s piece, Four Go Wild in Wellies for the pupils at Oakwood Primary. We go there in the mini bus and I have a laugh and a chat with the others on the way there.
When we get there, we unpack the props and costumes and set up the stage. Then after warm up, we do some technique practice then change into our costumes ready for the first performance. The children love it. They all laugh and shout when they see the tents jump into the air, and they go wild trying to help Neil find the girls when they hide from him. It’s great when the audience gets really involved like that – it helps us dance better. The jumping tents is my favourite part because it’s so funny.
After lunch we do a second performance, and afterwards we are interviewed by two of the older pupils who record it on their phone. They want to know a little bit about how we started dancing and what we enjoy most. Fame at last!
After that it’s time to pack up and get everything back into the van. Today we go back to the office for a quick meeting with Karen about tomorrow’s performance. Afterwards I go with Neil for a coffee before I get the bus back home. It’s nice to unwind after the show.
Back home, I have a chat with mum and dad for a while and then have a shower before dinner. Tonight is the last episode of one of my favourite programmes, Grimm, so Dad and I enjoy watching that. Mum is not really a fan! The ending was very dramatic and a bit confusing, but I am sad that it is finished.
It’s nearly bedtime, so after a cup of coffee (decaff!), I do some writing in my note book as it gives me somewhere to keep my thoughts before I go to sleep. Next thing I know, the alarm is ringing and it’s time for another day’s dancing.
It was another grey morning this morning. I usually have oats for breakfast with coffee or tea depending. And I try to wake up between 7 – 7:30 and spend some time looking at the news. I travelled by train to work this morning and read my book (The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien. Quite a strange one!) When I got to work, I checked in my diary, two meetings today. We have a lovely admin placement with us at the moment so I ensured she had a plan of work for the day then I continued trying to catch up on emails that I was sent last week while I was away in France visiting my mum.
The morning meeting was a finance meeting with our treasurer Irene. We hash out some costs and expenditure and struggle with the wifi in the corner office. I usually try to go for a walk at lunch time. On my way back, Ruth and Amy were heading off for the first Tea Dance class (a new class for older people in Polloksheilds that includes a tea and a locally sourced cake as a part of it. I’m really excited by this project.)
In the afternoon was a meeting with our fundraiser Juliet. Then I go back to emails. I scheduled a meeting with two students who are coming from the University Glasgow through the Find A Solution placement scheme. They’ll research into the oral history of Indepen-dance feeding into a larger heritage project that we’ve got planned. I’ll need to make an agenda for the meeting. It feels like witchcraft that there is a time this week when we are all free to meet.
And at the moment I am writing this blog and updating the website.
It’s now lovely and sunny for my journey home at 6pm. We have these beautiful windows in our office in the old Briggait fishmarket, so I decided to include a picture.