The coronavirus has had an impact on everyone's lives, especially the children we support in our school. In this 3 part blog series, some of our own team share their personal reflection and journey over the past few month.
We're extremely proud of our teams commitment to supporting children during these challenging times and we feel it's important to share their story.
Say hello to Finn O'Leary....
Did I Have The Virus?
The past few months have been a difficult time for all due to the effects of COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions that have been imposed across the country. I suffered with suspected symptoms for a few weeks during the early stages of the outbreak but have since recovered and I have been fortunate to be able to continue working for the majority of the lockdown.
The main part of my role has been to support a number of my schools by working with their key worker and vulnerable children. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience as I have been able to contribute by helping the children that I have worked with to experience some positivity during such a confusing time.
How My Role Changed in Schools
This role has challenged me to be adaptable, as schools have been very different than they are in normal circumstances! Group numbers have ranged from just two up to around fifteen and every school has their own policies around keeping people safe throughout the day that I have had to familiarise myself with.
Furthermore, many of the sports and practical activities that we usually love to deliver have become temporarily irrelevant due the sharing of equipment, close contact etc. involved! This has challenged me to think outside the box when planning activities, looking to ensure that they are highly engaging but also that they meet the safety requirements of the current situation.
Despite continuing to work through the lockdown, my average week has definitely been a lot quieter than normal! Most of my weekly schedule away from the working day has been put on hold due to the suspension of all football activities, leaving me with lots of unprecedented time on my hands on evenings and weekends.
I have also had more time than usual away from schools, allowing me to get involved with the development of some interesting projects and programmes around socially distanced sports lessons and a training programme on improving children’s character through PE.
This additional time has been a silver lining for me personally during these difficult times, allowing me more flexibility to work on things that I would not usually have time for and to explore plenty of online opportunities for CPD.
Focus On The Future and Stay Positive!
As a result of the experiences over the last few months, I feel thankful for things that I previously took for granted and have noticed an increased feeling of togetherness across society during the most difficult times. I have been proud to play my own small part to support the NHS with the fight against the virus and hope that we will soon be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Despite the difficulty of the situation, I feel that it is important to focus on what we can control and strive to remain positive in order to support other people around us. Hopefully we will all come through this stronger and will be able to use what we have learnt to continue to inspire the children that we work with!
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