Thanks to my therapeutic arts degree, I have a job I love
Andrea Radisic from St Albans in Hertfordshire studied the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree at University of South Wales. She now works as an Activities Co-ordinator for the BeingMe! Project within Sense, working with 16-25 year olds who have single/multi-sensory impairments and additional learning needs.
"I love my job. I organise andfacilitate a range of sessions focusing on increasing the young people’s confidence, communication and social skills during their transition periods. Activities include independent living skill sessions, such as cooking, arts and crafts, music sessions but also external activities, such as going bowling, driving experiences and going to Butlin’s for weekend trips.
Working with young people is especially rewarding as they are all such amazing characters and are so enthusiastic about trying new activities and getting involved. No two days are the same, and working with Sense has not only given me the opportunity to use all the skills I learnt throughout my degree but has also provided me with the chance to attend a range of new training courses to continue my personal development.
One of the highlights was taking part in the 'City of the Unexpected' in Cardiff, celebrating Roald’s Dahl’s 100th Birthday. Our young people loved participating in the parade and being the protesters shouting ‘SAVE THE PEACH!’ - we were even on TV! It was fantastic seeing the young people engage in a community project and get so involved with the public.
Completing my degree was essential in securing my current position, learning how to effectively and confidently facilitate a session as well as the knowledge gained through using art and sensory activities as a form of communication and expression has been vital to my role at Sense.
I developed these key skills by undertaking three years of placements at special schools and profound and multiple learning disability units. Facilitating sessions in local schools meant that I had already met some of the young people that I currently work with during my placement experiences, by already having this connection I had gained a relationship with the individual that can be sustained and continued throughout the BeingMe! Project.
Deciding to stay in Wales after completing my degree was a huge decision for me, but the course helped me network with a variety of organisations that I continue to collaborate with in my current profession and that I hope to work with more in the future."