Modern society encourages the 'want it, get it now' way of life, we identify a need, we buy the product and so we solve the problem. However there is little personal growth in this way of life and this expected immediate resolution is something we encounter often with our students.
At Running Deer, we work with young people with a range of needs and prior educational experiences. A number of our young people have mental health issues, which is one of the reasons they are at Running Deer as we can provide space, fresh air, and they can work in the woods and with our animals.
I have experience in mainstream education from various perspectives: Governor of a primary school, as well as working with students in an Exeter secondary school and associate lecturer at Exeter College. So I have witnessed first hand how many children, these days, struggle with the rigidity of the curriculum and general structure of the school day, not to mention how difficult it is for children to receive the attention that they need in a class of 30 or usually more.
So I’ve been at Running Deer for almost six months and they’ve definitely been the most rewarding six months of work I have done this far. In the short time that I have been there, I’ve seen the children that we work with improve in their own individual ways and accomplish things that they are proud off.
For the last few years we have been using our trusty Land Rover Defender - Egor to transport people around, off road and on road. At 20 years old our ever faithful truck has let us down a few times, gearbox, clutch, transfer box... but being a Land Rover it has always been fixable. Even with regular servicing and maintenance a 4x4 isn't really built for the work that Egor has been doing.