On November 19th, we delivered our first Oysters and Pearls event at Blackburn College. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful people who were involved, from those who helped promote the event to the 35 Lancashire ladies who came on the day and mentored the students. The day was inspiring, humbling and emotional and the feedback from the college, both teachers and students, has been incredible. During a follow-up focus group, students told us that “they didn’t want the day to end” and Pastoral support officer Amy Miller said “ barriers were broken down.”
We hold group coaching sessions with the students before and after the event and watching the girls grow in confidence and be able to talk to their mentors using expression and animation is amazing. The Oysters and Pearls event is facilitated by actress Amy Strange who uses techniques learned at The Guildhall School of Acting to teach the students about communication and self belief. The students’ response to Amy is always magical and what is even more magical for me is that this talented young woman is my daughter!
We’ll be back at the college in the Spring to work with 16 year-old-boys on our Centre Forward programme and also next October for another Oysters and Pearls.
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