Graham Coleman


What a Waste!

One of the biggest challenges for this decade, and for many decades to come, is how much WEEE is thrown away.

What did he just say?

WEEE, you know… Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment!

1.4 million tonnes

That’s how much electrical and electronic equipment we throw away in the UK every year. Staggering. And, of course, as technology becomes more and more central to our daily lives, and the pace of innovation gets ever quicker, giving us smaller, bigger, quicker, cleverer, faster, quieter devices and gadgets to consume, there’s more to potentially throw away.

There’s gold in them thar hills

In fact, there’s gold in them thar electronics, and lots of it, too. It’s just one of the precious resources lost whenever we fail to recycle our old electrical items and pile them into waste mountains or bury them underground. Oh, the irony, or should that be gold-ny?

Good news

We can all do something about it. We can reduce the amount of waste we’re putting in our bins. Electrical items can be recycled at most Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Drop off your old (maybe not so old) electrical equipment at your local HWRC and they’ll be sent on to Electrical Waste Recycling Centres. Here’s the cool bit, if an item cannot be repaired for use again (lots of items can be) it will be broken down into a wide variety of materials, including Gold, Silver and Zinc. Which then finds its ways into new items as diverse as jewellery and ships. Neat.

Spread the word

We’re currently helping to spread this positive waste awareness message to pupils in primary schools across Wakefield.

The Rubbish Show is helping to raise awareness and inspire young people to do something to reduce the amount of electrical waste we’re throwing away. Pupils are being encouraged to tell their parents, guardians and family members about the effects of waste on the environment, and to bring their old electrical items and equipment into schools, so it can be collected and recycled properly!

It’s a great initiative, we’re proud to be promoting.

Positive feedback

Here’s just a few of the things teachers have said about the show:

Very informative and highly interactive presentation. Will highly recommend.

Excellent – children loved it.

Fantastic! Really encouraging for the children. The whole school were engaged throughout the show.

A lovely, enjoyable and fun presentation that engaged and informed with lots of information.

Really informative. Extremely entertaining. Engaged all pupils.

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish!

Needless to say, we’re delighted.

It is a fantastically positive message to influence our younger generation (and their families) to consider the environment and help protect our lovely planet. We all need to do our bit.


Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to know more about our work with schools.


Drama-based Safeguarding Training

When we were approached by British Gymnastics to deliver a workshop on safeguarding at their annual conference for Regional Welfare Officers earlier this year, it’s fair to say we jumped at the chance.

We’ve been steadily developing our work in this crucial area for several years and have witnessed first-hand just how impactful our highly interactive, experiential approach is for bringing the challenges of safeguarding practices and procedures to life.

We were sure that this would prove yet another opportunity to demonstrate the strengths of our participant-centred, drama-based approach over conventional, trainer-centred, ‘death by PowerPoint’ training.

The Goal

As well as our trademark high levels of interaction and engagement, British Gymnastics wanted us to bring our experience and know-how to bear in 3 ways. They wanted a session in which delegates could:

  • Experience for themselves how personal bias may influence the safeguarding referrals they make
  • Explore the challenges of making referrals
  • Develop the practical skills needed to have crucial conversations

Bias

It’s fascinating how much our bias, or unconscious bias, impacts the decisions we make. Using innovative digital content our British Gymnastics delegates experienced the risks from bias when making assumptions about parents, carers and their child within a safeguarding scenario. We then helped them understand the brain science behind just why it happens, before giving them some tips on how to guard against it.

  • 86% of delegates said that the session increased their understanding of how personal bias may influence referrals

Referrals

Working on realistic safeguarding issues in small groups, delegates got to explore the potential challenges they might face when making referrals. Best practice examples were shared to highlight what should be done to adhere to the correct referral process and achieve the best outcome for person at risk.

  • 91% of delegates said the session increased their confidence to overcome potential challenges when making referrals

Crucial Conversations

Everyone knows how difficult it can be to go up against your peers, let alone challenge the assumptions and attitudes of more senior members of staff. Using our electronic voting system, 9 out of 10 delegates acknowledged that, on at least one occasion, they had been in just such a position and avoided having a difficult conversation. The risks for safeguarding are obvious.

In order to overcome this in the future, we engaged delegates in some skills-based training. We wanted to provide them with tools and techniques that would increase their confidence to take on any crucial conversations needed around safeguarding.

  • 86% of delegates said they now felt more confident to engage in difficult conversations

Making a Difference

As well as achieving excellent results for each aspect of the training, delegates rated the session as a whole very highly:

  • 100% found it worthwhile
  • 100% rated it ‘Excellent’

And here’s some of what they said in their own words:

Totally unique presentation.

Style v. good, content v. good, delivery v. good, overall v. good.

Thank you for challenging my beliefs.

A breath of fresh air.

Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the concept.

Immense!!!

If you’d like to find out more about our safeguarding training, we’re running a taster on 25th January in Birmingham. We encourage you to come and check it out for yourself. Seeing is believing.