Annual Special Programmes Christmas Sale
One of the highlights of the social calendar at Barony was enjoyed by many this week when the Special Programmes Unit threw open its’ doors to staff and students from across the campus, as well as welcoming friends, family and former students. Staff and students are proud of the work that is displayed all around the porta-cabin and relish sharing this with visitors.
Much more than a Christmas sale, this annual event is a showcase of all aspects of the work undertaken at Barony by students with learning disabilities, and all with a Christmas twist. Examples of baking, planting, preserves made from garden produce and craftwork were available to buy. Guests were all urged to linger over coffee and mince pies whilst chatting to the Employment Evaluation students who had served them. Students had been encouraged to produce work that is of a good quality and that people would choose to buy – and this had been achieved.
The students do all of the planning, advertising and preparation for this event, as well as acting as hosts on the day, using sessions in I/T, preparation for employment, social conduct, food hygiene, project planning and evaluation, money handling and even the basic skills involved in following instructions in real situations to create this wonderful day. The students who attend the schools based Transition course were also involved with preparing produce.
This year all involved were delighted to welcome many students from around the college, who were all eager to visit, to chat and to get to know the group. Many took the opportunity to relax over refreshments. This social aspect of the day has always played a major part in the event, and demonstrates clearly the rich and diverse life shared by all at Barony campus.
Alison and all of the students involved would like to thank all who supported the day, whether through visiting, buying, donating or by passing on their best wishes. We raised over £200, but achieved so much more in friendship.
Thank you all, and Merry Christmas everybody.
By: Special Programmes.