The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 10

This week has yet again flown by, although I’m glad it’s ended on a lovely, sunny note- especially with the long weekend ahead! Once again it’s been a busy one here at Project Ability, both in the workshops and beyond.

The Aspire workshops finish on 6th June, and won’t resume again until after I’ve left! As you can imagine, this means trying to get as much done as possible. I’ve found these workshops to be really fascinating and inspiring. Every single artist who comes in has a unique way of working in a whole host of different media, and they all have such diverse stories to tell as well.

I’ll really miss the workshops when they’re over, especially as it’ll be so quiet without them! I’ve been trying to shoot as much as I can of the workshops in full swing, and I’ll hopefully be posting more over the course of the next few weeks.

On Wednesday, a group of eight staff and tutors also underwent first aid training. I’ve worked in hospitality and film and TV in the past, so it’s pretty shocking that I’ve never done it before!  I always thought if a situation occurred then I’d know how to handle it: after all, what could be so hard about first aid? Surely it was just common sense!

Turns out, the answer is yes and no. Yes, a lot of knowing what to do is common sense, but it’s another thing to know the correct procedures! I would’ve had no idea how to put someone in the proper recovery position- I would’ve been more likely to just flop them on their side and hope for the best. Likewise, I knew that compressions and CPR were vital for resuscitation, but didn’t know how to actually perform it.

Our trainer, Janet, was really informative and covered a really broad range of potential incidents, and more importantly how to deal with them. I actually felt a bit ashamed at how little I knew of the correct procedures! We covered everything from the Heimlich manoeuvre (or ‘abdominal thrusts’ as they’re now known) to stopping a bleeding. It was explained by talks, videos and practice, which helped it all to stick. Hopefully it’s something I’ll never have to put into practise, but at least I’ll know what to do if it does.

The Flowers of the Commonwealth schools banner project kicked off this week, and it seems to be a success so far! I’ll be getting involved next week as I’m off to the glamorous climes of Coatbridge to film a workshop and see the banner being made, first hand. It’s going to be a really big project, as it involves schools from across the country. I hope if I can even capture some small part of it, people can see the work that’s gone into it as well as the end result.

I hope everyone has a great long weekend, and all of us at Project Ability are sending our thoughts to everyone affected by the fire at the Glasgow School of Art. The building is an iconic and beautiful Glasgow landmark, and it's such a shame that so much work may be lost. Let's hope there isn't too much damage left to do.

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