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Having a ball at the My Life Prom!

Having a ball at the My Life Prom!

Thursday 11th July My Life staff, members and their families and friends put on their glad rags to celebrate at the My Life Prom.

The glamourous night was a wonderful celebration of the many achievements My Life Learning students have made this year, as well as a goodbye to those graduating and going on to exciting new ventures!

A wealth of certificates for the AIM and Duke of Edinburgh awards were officially presented – a recognition of the hard work put in by our students this year.

Everyone danced the night away, enjoyed a delicious buffet and chanced their hand in the raffle. As a true celebration of our students’ successes, unlike other proms, family and friends were also invited, in recognition of the importance of their contribution to students’ achievements.

Head of Education John Mitchell said:

“This was a perfect end to a great year.  Learners and staff have worked really hard developing skills and independence and the prom was the cherry on top to celebrate everyone’s progress. The prom was well attended and enjoyed by all learners, families and staff and the dancefloor was full until closing time!”

Special mention must be given to our Apprentices Summer Grimshaw and Mia Carrier, who organised the whole event and certainly made sure it went off with a lot of bling!

We’d like to congratulate all our students on their many accomplishments this year – we’re very proud of you all. We also wish all our graduating students all the best for the future – keep in touch, you’ll always be part of the My Life family.

Welcome to our potential new learners!

Welcome to our potential new learners!

As the end of the academic year approaches, staff from My Life Learning have been inviting potential new learners to join us and see what we are all about!

This transition period gives new learners a taste of what they will be studying when they join us in September. We understand the emotional impact that new environments can have on new students and this also helps to smooth the pathway to their learning.

This month, Robert and Jenny from Hope school have enjoyed some animal care sessions, whilst Gareth Jones from Oakfield spent a full week with us, experiencing lots of different sessions and meeting all the staff.

Tilly from Astley Park will be joining the horse care sessions with Khim Grice, one of our returning learners.  Tilly came with her teacher on the first day for moral support as she was a little bit nervous, but she soon relaxed as she got to know Khim and of course lovely Chester the horse!

Tilly now comes on her own and will continue to join horse care until the end of term.  These taster sessions allow our teacher Dawn to get a good understanding of her prior knowledge of horses. Tilly has had horse riding lessons but has never taken part in activities such as grooming and stable/yard duties before.  This will be a large part of Tilly’s learning from September, as well as learning about caring for horses’ hooves, checking a horse is healthy and understanding how to identify its colours and markings.

My Life Learning offer a number of curriculum subjects and can tailor them to the requirements of individual students. As well as animal care, subjects include horticulture, ICT and media, drama, art, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, numeracy and literacy and much much more.

If you’re interested in My Life Learning and our work, please email info@my-life.org.uk or call 01257 472 900.

Festival goers live it up at the Live Life Festival!

Festival goers live it up at the Live Life Festival!

Saturday 6th July festival goers flocked to Thompson House Equestrian Centre in Standish for The Live Life Festival, the North-West’s inclusive Music Festival, organised by My Life and My Life My Way.

The event was a great day out for the whole family, with a wealth of live music performed by local acts including Gracie O’B, straight from The Voice Kids UK.

Other attractions included live comedy and cabaret, theatre, festival crafts, a trashion show, physical theatre, games, festival hair and make-up, circus, vintage vehicles, children’s shows, exhibitions and stalls.

Fully inclusive and accessible, everyone had the opportunity to experience a wide range of entertainment within a safe and supportive environment.

Lynn-James Jenkinson of My Life My Way said:

“We’ve had such a wide mix of people here today, which is brilliant. Lots of people have told me that this is the first time they’ve been to an event like this and actually felt so accepted, so we’re really pleased. Most importantly, everyone has had a great day out in the sun!”

Caroline Tomlinson, CEO of My Life said:

“We aim to bring people together to share new experiences and make new friends and The Live Life Festival encapsulates this. Everyone should have the opportunity to go out there and enjoy themselves – looking around at all the happy festival faces today, this is what life – and My Life, is all about.”

Leigh site number change

We have had some telephone improvements and as a result the new phone number at our Leigh site is 01942 318051, the old number no longer works! The Standish number is still the same.


My Life Learning student Dan treads the boards!

My Life Learning student Dan treads the boards!

My Life Learning Student Dan Pout has been starring in the multi-award winning Imaginarium Theatre’s touring production of Romeo and Juliet.

Always passionate about drama and acting from a young age, over the years Dan has performed in several productions at the Citadel Arts Centre in St Helens and also trod the boards whilst at college in Sheffield.

First involved with Imaginarium Theatre last year, Dan has previously acted in their children’s production of ‘Willo the Wisp and the Fire Sprite.’ Specialising in spectacular site-specific and outdoor touring productions of Shakespeare’s plays, Imaginarium bring re-imaginings of literary classics and enchanting walkabout fairy-tale productions to life for children and families.

And the production of Romeo and Juliet certainly was spectacular. Playing a number of characters, including the seller of that critical bottle of poison, Dan has been part of a very successful six week run.

Currently on a supported internship at My Life Learning, Dan has a clear love for drama. Sue Cadman, Deputy Head of My Life Learning said on seeing the production:

“We’re all very proud of Dan, he knew all his words so well and it really was a stunning production – his acting was fantastic.”

Having thoroughly enjoyed his experience of Romeo and Juliet, Dan is now planning to continue with Imaginarium for their next show in the autumn – we’re booking our tickets now!

My Life Apprentices win at Apprentice of the Year ceremony!

My Life Apprentices win at Apprentice of the Year ceremony!

After both being nominated for Apprentice of the Year in Health and Social Care 2019, Summer Grimshaw and Mia Carrier did My Life proud at a glittering awards evening.

Chosen from over 500 apprentices in the North West of England, Mia and Summer were amongst 15 young people who were all nominated for awards. Both attended an awards evening at Bolton University, where their achievements were celebrated amongst other apprentices from the North West.

We’re proud to announce that Summer was awarded Apprentice of the Year in Health and Social Care 2019 and Mia was Highly Commended in the same category. Considering they were down to the last two for the award, this was no mean feat!

For the past 18 months, both Mia and Summer have been working at My Life Learning, supporting our learners with their education.

Showing their hard work and dedication, both have been involved supporting learners in activities such as exciting off-site trips, gardening, animal care, personal and social development, music, literacy and numeracy, health and fitness and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Emma Reed, My Life Learning’s Education Officer said:

“Mia and Summer have both had amazing achievements since they started with us in 2017 and it’s so wonderful to see these achievements being recognised with these awards– we’re all so very proud of them!”



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