Time for change

The Alexandra Centre of Further Education has been overseen by MacIntyre services for the last 2 years and what an adventure it has been! Great relationships have been built, great teamwork, great creativity, great learning opportunities and of course…Great Interactions!

Just like many of our students here at Alexandra Centre, change is something that is hard to process and can leave people feeling anxious, worried and scared when they are not sure what to expect or how the change my affect them.

In a recent meeting to inform us about some of the possible changes that may take place in September, one member of staff asked “Will we still have the same values as MacIntyre have under the new management, such as person centred approaches?” One reply was “You’ve got to remember that you are the college and that’s not going to change”.

This certainly reduced anxieties that I was having and I realised how true this statement was. Here at Alexandra Centre, we all uphold MacIntyre’s core values and approaches and for many of us it is the reason we first decided to work for the charity. The transferring of management does not mean that we will change the way that we work with the students as this is now embedded in us. Interactions are at the helm of the work that we do with the students and we only ever strive for them to be great ones.

Day in and day out I observe Great Interactions from the staff team such as seeing them be creative with how they deliver sessions so that students can achieve their objectives in a meaningful but fun way. We use a total communication approach here at the college and the Community Learning Facilitator’s are confident in switching between using objects of reference, Makaton signing and visual support where necessary to get the best out of the learners. When things don’t quite go to plan, everyone is able to reflect on what happened in the situation and talk about what changes need to be made so that if they are faced with that situation again, they are able to do so effectively.

I have no doubt that these things will continue under the new management and we will continue to take forth the skills and training that MacIntyre has given to us and continue to share our knowledge in providing the best possible interactions and learning opportunities for the young people we support.

Laura Edwards
Programme Coordinator
Alexandra Centre of Further Education


  • Lou Mitchelmore says:

    Very thought provoking Laura. I love that the staff were still focussed on Macintyre core values even when in a state of flux themselves. I wish you all the best and hope to hear more good things in the months to come.

  • Kate Webb says:

    Thankyou for sharing. I wish you the best of luck ☺

  • Emma Killick says:

    Thank you for sharing this Laura – we all know that change is part of life but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Focusing on who you are and what you believe in is key to navigating through periods of big change – I hope that Great Interactions and the MacIntyre values and ethos help everyone steer a true course – I wish you every success in the future.

  • natalie macpherson says:

    Excellent blog Laura. I constantly observe great interactions throughout the College when I visit. Its so embedded I know it will continue into the future of the college and I’ve enjoyed spending so much time with the students and staff team over the past few years. I will miss you all!

  • Laura Edwards says:

    Thank you all for your well wishes and comments!
    Natalie and Lou- we will miss you greatly! Thank you for everything.

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