From Work Placement to Volunteering

I have just completed a ten week work placement at Learning Works, an organisation whose King’s Lynn centre is located conveneintly close to my compact town centre flat. This was combined with an NVQ in Customer Services which I have also successfully completed.

How successful was my work placement? Well last week I had two issues to resolve. Firstly having enjoyed the placement I was keen to maintain my involvement with Learning Works, and secondly and even more important I wanted to gain a Sage qualification to open up some more possibilities jobs wise. On Wednesday of last week I offered to do one day a week as a volunteer at the same time as seeking to arrange the Sage course. Naturally the new arrangements had to be confirmed by head office, as did details of the Sage course. In exchange for my servcies as a a volunteer they will fully fund the Sage 50 course, which suggests I have done something right.

Changing the subject completely, congratulations to England on getting out of a sticky situation to go 1-0 up in the Test series against the West Indies. When Pietersen was out England were four down for not very many and defeat was a very real possibility, but Cook and Bell sa\w through the danger. All in all, this was a pulsating Test match. Games like this are only possible over the long haul – formulaic fifty over stuff and bish bash bosh twenty over stuff rarely if ever produce a match that remains in the memory once it is over, though the latter is always an entertaining spectacle while it lasts. In a deserved sharing of the honours Stuart Broad was man of the match for his 11 wickets while Andrew Strauss won the Champagne Moment for the stroke that completed has first test hundred since Brisbane 2010. The Champagne Moment is awarded by the TMS team what they consider the most memorable moment of the match, and the trophy is a magnum of the product.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society are doing a feature on living above the shop, so here is my own idiosyncratic contribution:

The advantages of living in the High Street (ignoring those which attach to this specific flat) are that one has shops on one’s doorstep, everything that is needed on a regular basis being purchasable somewhere within comfortable walking distance. Also, the bus and railway stations are close by, so travel out of town is straightforward when needed (though no bargain, with a return bus ticket to Fakenham costing £6.10 these days). The only negative to set against these general advanatages and the specific advantages that my place has of its own is that on Friday and Saturday nights the proximity of various pubs and bars is made loudly and sometimes unpleasantly obvious – especially if you stubbornly insist on keeping windows open to let air in to the flat.

Today’s View From the Rooftoops is a shot taken by lazy expedient of opening the door, pointing and clicking…

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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