Maxine Martin: Education, Milton Keynes

Hi, I’m Maxine

I work as a Community Teaching Facilitator for young adults with learning disabilities or autism at Macintyre in Milton Keynes.  I work across the whole community teaching social skills on a 1-2-1 basis with learners, such as food shopping, cooking, swimming, how to travel on public transport, as well as maths, English, art, Makaton and keeping fit via dance and sport.

Each day is full-on, requiring a lot of planning to ensure learners receive all the activities they need. Making a difference to our learners and helping them to feel empowered and proud of themselves is so rewarding. I love to see big happy smiles and joy when personal goals are reached and sharing ‘first time’ moments is very inspiring, making the hard work so worthwhile. No two days are the same, which I love.

During the COVID pandemic, working from home was a difficult time. However, once we were allowed to venture outside again, I remember being so amazed at what a wonderful place Milton Keynes is. The richness of mother nature in all her glory could be clearly seen in our beautiful parks. These moments filled me with hope and positivity, making me see the pandemic as more of a gift now.

To get me through the tough times, I used singing and painting (something I’m not great at) to de-stress as I find it uplifting. I also supported charities during lockdown where I arranged a Zoom art painting class for a hedgehog charity, I also joined The Stables as a stablemate as well as took part in the swim the channel (22 miles) challenge to raise money for spinal cord injuries. Helping others pushed me to get out and stay motivated.

Maxine’s staff badge at No Limits Milton Keynes

Maxine upon completing her swim the channel challenge!

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