As part of the BTEC Level 3 Business Studies course (Managing an Event) the 1st year students were required to plan and organise an event.
The students came up with the idea of arranging a well-being event for local organisations, which coincided with Coleg Menai’s own Well-being Week initiative.
Glenys Campbell, programme leader for Business, said: “The students were excellent from start to finish, learning a range of new skills. As their tutor, I was very proud of their participation and performance. They also received excellent feedback from the agencies.”
The agencies that came along included Antur Waunfawr, Ysgol Pendalar and Llwybrau Llesiant. These organisations provide activities and services to adults with learning disabilities, with a key focus on improving their physical, emotional and social well-being.
Improving people’s physical well-being was the main focus for the event held in the Coleg Menai Sports Hall. A series of sports and classroom-based activities were organised for the attendees with the students taking full responsibility for running the event.
Physical activities included basketball, skittles and hoops, connect 4, table tennis, penalty shoot outs and Jenga, whilst classroom activities included bingo, a quiz, drawing, and word searches and puzzles. College students from the sports department took control of the coaching on the day, whilst attendees were surprised by the students from the music department, who came along in the afternoon to perform and help with the disco, music and karaoke activities. With all the activities available, it was no surprise the group needed a break. Thankfully the hospitality and catering were on-hand to provide them with refreshments..
Overall, around 70 participants took part in the event. The activities were also available via Zoom for candidates who could not attend the event in person.
Jennifer Davies, programme leader for Uniformed Protective Services and a tutor in the Sport and Public Services’ department, said: “The event was extremely successful and it was great to be able to hold an event face-to-face again. It was lovely to see people with smiles on their faces.
“Glenys and the business students organised the event, and it was lovely to see a mixture of different activities included on the day, which made sure everyone felt involved. I look forward to next year's event with Llwybrau Llesiant (a project by Gwynedd Council’s Learning Disability Service), which will hopefully be held in the new sports building in Llangefni.”
Eryl Williams, well-being officer for Llwybrau Llesiant, said: “We got some great feedback from everyone. A big thank you to all the students, tutors and staff from all college departments for organising everything. Everyone asks when the next one is taking place.”
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