Massive break through!!! I have phoned, emailed, text, missed calls, return called, waded my way through information and names and have finally found the contacts and direction for this project!
I don't think the good people of Britain realise how MASSIVE the Olympics programme is already and how many different people all over Britain are putting in time, energy and commitment... it's HUGE! There are so many different projects being run... One of the main reasons London won the Olympics hosting for 2012 was for it's energy and commitment to long term goals and social programmes throughout the UK - it is most certainly living up to that commitment already... if you don't believe me check out the Olympics 2012 website... http://www.london2012.com/indexb.php
Anyway, back to my photographic project...
I have spoken to many people throughout the UK who are working on a project called Personal Best. The aim is to offer the opportunity for people from all walks of life to learn and be trained and gain a formal qualification. This will further lead to these learners being given the opportunity to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Personal Best scheme is launching all over England and thousands of people are being given the opportunity to train and learn new skills, some for the first time and some for the first time in a long time!
I have spoken to one member of the scheme already, the Shaw Trust based in Kent. The initial contact is going brilliantly and the project's underway through the Shaw Trust are very exciting - I'm hoping to get the opportunity to meet and follow some of these learners over the next few months, with the possibility of continuing this project after the Creative Campus end date has past - it would be great to follow these learners to the Olympics.
Having made this initial contact I'm hoping to meet some of the Personal Best learners and find out first hand what excites and encourages them about this project.
I can't wait to take some photographs and start the practical side of this photographic journey...