The Week That Was #270… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
Cooling off with a trip to sunny Swansea Bay. Considering the future of learning for Times Higher Education. Creating how-to video content encouraging gardeners to be more environmentally friendly. Sharing the love for the volunteers helping people get back in the game with sport. Welsh Wine Week returns.
1) Cooling off with a trip to sunny Swansea Bay
This warm weather leaving you hot and bothered? Why not cool off with a trip to stunning Swansea Bay? Known for its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches and breath-taking views of the Gower Peninsula, it’s no surprise that this is a holiday destination that sees people returning year after year. We’ve been working with our client Visit Swansea Bay to showcase Swansea, Gower and Mumbles as the ultimate 2021 staycation destination, organising press trips to the area for travel bloggers to experience everything the region has to offer. Need some inspo for your next trip? Take a look at this blog from Deeptha at The Globe Trotter, who recently visited Swansea Bay for a weekend of delicious food, kayaking and exploring Gower’s award-winning beaches.
2) Considering the future of learning for Times Higher Education
With a rapid shift to online learning and teaching amid the pandemic - and many universities continuing hybrid teaching into the autumn – many in the sector have been forced to consider just what the future of education will look like.
For Times Higher Education, we arranged for Professor Steve Davies, founder of online learning provider Learna, to share his thoughts on how this change could completely shift approaches to learning. Moving away from traditional, teacher-led pedagogy to a learner-centred, student-directed andragogical approach.
And this week we also contributed a feature for the Institute of Welsh Affair’s website authored by public health specialist Dr Anthony Hill MBE, discussing the many reasons why Wales’ vaccine roll-out has been so successful. Dr Hill is the Programme Leader for Learna’s Public Health MSc where he teaches students how to better understand the complex issues that surround public health and develop the problem solving and leadership skills necessary to tackle them.
3) Film content shows how-to weed in a planet-friendly was
How many of you spotted a rogue weed when catching rays in your garden over the Bank Holiday weekend? The default to sort the problem out can be to pick up a pesticide, but our campaign for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water aims to show there is a better way. Pestsmart encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides and our film team has been creating films gardeners can use to make their outdoor spaces look better, but in a more sustainable way. The latest is a how-to style video on homemade natural alternatives to pesticides to use in the garden – from garlic sprays to repel insects, to eggshells to deter slugs from eating your plants. Top marks to any of you who put the recipe-led film in action this weekend.
4) Sharing the love for the volunteers helping people get back in the game with sport
This week was National Volunteers’ Week, a time to say thanks for all the work and support that volunteers across the country give. As part of our #BackinTheGame campaign with Sport Wales, we shared the story of the dedicated volunteers in North Wales who are helping disabled people return to a sport they love. The Conwy Freewheelers Adapted Cycling Club offers disabled people the opportunity to learn and ride bikes, and they’re entirely run by volunteers. We created a film to celebrate the impact that these volunteers have on so many people in their community. The film was shared on the Sport Wales socials and their story received coverage on The North Wales Pioneer, The Rhyl Journal and Wales 247.
5) Welsh Wine Week returns
The sun is out and Wales’ vineyards are once again open and welcoming guests, so today is the perfect start to Welsh Wine Week 2021.
We’ve been spreading the word that from Friday 4th June – Sunday 13th June, Welsh Wine Week events will run across the country to encourage consumers to explore vineyards producing the finest vintages our nation has to offer.
The connoisseurs among you may have already booked your places with the award winning vineyards hosting live and online events. If not, you can read more in Rhyl Journal and Wales 24/7. And be sure to review the still growing list of events at www.welshwineweek.co.uk.