I am currently completing my A-Levels in Graphic Design, Media Studies and Sociology and chose The Grange for my work experience placement. As I was searching for the right work experience for me, I was expecting to just focus on a media placement, but was excited to find The Grange, which applied to all three of my courses.

When I arrived on my first day, I was quite nervous to  start my placement, as it was a completely new experience for me. Luckily, as soon as I stepped through the doors I was greeted by extremely friendly staff and residents who put my mind at ease. 

My tour around the site was eye-opening, as I was able to witness the beautiful gardens and facilities that are available to those who need support. An amazing feature is the Walled Garden and I can just imagine how stunning it would be in full bloom in the summer. What a great opportunity for the residents to grow their own foods and then proceed to learn how to cook them: I'd love to grow my own fruit and veg at home.

Something that particularly impressed me was Skills and Activities due to the wide variety of courses. These include IT and art skills such as animation (which I am personally glad they offer) to skills like catering and horticulture. This was brilliant to see such an inclusive range of courses for the people we support, allowing creativity and to suit different interests. There's something for everyone! 

I feel as though I've joined in with this spirit of learning new skills too. On Monday I created a flyer and logos on Illustrator, a software I am familiar with through college. Today however, I have been taught how to use InDesign; a useful tool I can transfer into my graphics work at college and in the future.  

So far I am really happy with my choice and am grateful for the opportunity to complete my work experience at The Grange, because I get a taste for the sort of work I might go into, in a comfortable and safe working environment. It is truly a special place.

I wish everyone the best and can't wait to see what the rest of the week holds!