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Emma gains new skills at pottery workshop

Workshop: Pottery Enterprise Supported Learning
Date: 09 October 2015
Learner Focus: Emma Moseley
Background: Emma is on the autistic spectrum and has been attending SAL Supported Learning. She's been taking part in Pottery Enterprise – a new course giving learners the opportunity to run an enterprise activity by planning what they want to make, producing items, advertising them and then selling them to customers, with part of the proceeds being donated to charity.

Emma on her achievements

Emma is proud to have achieved great inroads in improving her self-confidence and ability to work as part of a team while attending the SAL courses, where she says she feels a sense of belonging and community. Emma has also supported the GB Olympics, was selected to attend the Armed Forces Day national event in 2015, can swim butterfly stroke at the pool in a competitive disabled competition and currently works with another one of her passions – horses. What an extraordinary Learner!

Emma with her tutor and supported learning assistantWhen I arrived the group were busy choosing a name for their brand and creating a “mood board” to express their personal inspiration of shape, mood and colour. I spoke to Emma’s mother Kaye and we both agreed that Supported Learning and its role in keeping Emma very much a part of our community was a lifeline to her happiness. When I asked Emma what she felt was a particular achievement for her, she responded:

“My most special thing is the creation of my pottery and most of my work reflects Spain.”

At the Supported Learning Christmas market

Emma selling the final products for the workshopEmma, along with the rest of the Pottery Enterprise group, sold the pottery they had designed and made to the public on 4th December. Part of the proceeds will go to support a charity.

There was a jolly, festive spirit and lots of proud, happy learners. On meeting Emma and her fellow learners again, it became clear that they will continue to go from strength to strength under the guidance of tutor, Julia Roberts-Brown and the Supported Learning Assistant, Sylvia Reading – both of whom provide a fantastic learning experience at Surrey Adult Learning.

Top image: Emma with one of her recent pottery designs.
Middle image: Emma (centre) with Tutor, Julia Roberts-Brown (left), and Supported Learning Assistant, Sylvia Reading (right).
Bottom image: Emma selling the final products for the workshop.