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AFAN North Tour June 2013

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In early June I was in Liverpool visiting colleges and in the station I saw this statue of Ken Dodd statue. My first visit was to St. Helens college with its shinny new building.

As I waited in reception for the chaplain to take to the session a art teacher invited me to view the session of some of her students, which included work on Buddhism. And the same teacher introduced me to another college who is interested in bring mindfulness into the college. I ran session a CPD for staff and one for access students (a qualification that allows them to go to University) , which was particularly powerful. This students where of mixed age and so their interests in furthering there education, and understanding themselves better added to the discussion. I'm reminded of the song from Ken Dodd, it what all the learners really wanted.

The following day I went to Hugh Baird in Bootle, which is consider to be a very poor area of England. I was again received by the chaplain of the college and was taken to a lovely room, all glass and overlooking the docks. In the morning I ran a number of session with art students, the session went very well, and one lecturer wanted to bring more of his students in the afternoon. I later received feedback from the college and learners said "they could have stayed three hours!"

When I looked down at the list for the afternoon CPD sessions for staff I saw two learners, I was told they could not come to the morning session and would like to attend. Wow what a session we had.  We worked out a agreement with the group so we could safely share and then the two young adults started to ask and ask and ask, and the conversation just deepen with them present.The last session I ran was with a mixture of staff from art, sports science along with a photo for the session which got tweeted here

A few days later I arrived in the North West area - Leeds area...helping Rolf  ( our new facilitator for the North, visting Wakfield college where I ended up using the following video.



The following day I went to Salford College to visit the staff and see there Multi-faith Chapliancy team. At the same time they had a Equality and Diversity fair and so we mingled with the large group of staff and learners. The psychology staff had a stand and had on display about the green and



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