NEWS UPDATE: With the winds of change comes sad endings but also great new beginnings...
From January 2015, there will be new opportunities taking place at 'Wizard', with a greater focus on sustainability, enterprise, community, training and personal development. We may be making a few major changes to the way we work but we will be retaining our ethos of providing a safe, supportive environment and reflecting the needs of our local community.
Although this means that 'Wizard Education' will be no more, this website will remain in place for a while longer to simply show the previous part of our journey and how we initially worked with young people aged primarily between 14 and 16yrs old. From this point forward however, our work will focus on the 16-19yrs and 18+ (Adult) groups providing training and personal development opportunities alongside work experience, IT and job seeking skills support. All this through a series of classes, workshops, small in-house enterprises, sheltered work experience opportunities and community activities.
As we will continue to remain a 'Not for Profit' social enterprise we will also be looking to continue to work with other local organisations, companies and individuals. If you would like to know more or are interested in voluntary opportunities providing support or mentoring, please do get in touch!
For more information on what is now happening at 'Wizard'... please check out our new website at www.wizardswindon.co.uk
KILLER TORTOISE RELEASED!!
After a full term of blood (ok, it was fake and came out of a packet!), sweat and tears (laughter!), we have finally completed our very first film!!! Almost all of the children and young adults attending Wizard, either as students or volunteers, have thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic experience brought to us by Keith Phillips of Ideal Films and his team of brilliant (and very patient) film professionals, Sherylee Houssaine, Phil Ball and Katherine Jennings, that shared skills and mentored all the participants as they worked on this project. Special thank-you's too to Mike Wakefield of Windhorse Imports for use of his 'skulls, bones and severed head' props, Denise Dine of Simply Medieval for mentoring and use of 'George' the tortoise and of course James Eddings of Inner Sound Creative Development for his support, excellent work and music workshops to help the students develop accompanying music and those wonderful sound effects.
Although it was hard work, it has indeed been a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely entertaining term!