The Adult Network: An Interconnected Patchwork of Blue Ribbons

On Saturday 2nd June I am looking forward to attending the big adult network meeting (where all 3 networks will come together). I will bring a display of my handcrafted blue ribbon badges. Although I do not feel I would be able to talk to the whole room about my creativity; please feel free to come and ask me about my work (if you’re coming too). I would ask one thing though, please, don’t worry if I take a moment to compose an answer to your questions as my processing speed is still a problem for me. And I am currently working on conquering my anxiety (which can arise when I’m trying to talk to people) when my anxiety and slow processing (related to my dyslexia) sabotage me at the same time I can dissolve into a jibbering mess. But as a former Brownie and Girl Guide I am not one to shrink from a challenge (I have, however, learned to take on realistic challenges rather trying to run before I can walk).

The photo above could be a classroom or stall display for Dyslexia Awareness Week. But I think its best feature is that it is made up of individual badges each individual could wear. The stars can all be untied from the central sunshine badge, also the blue diamonds which attach the big blue ribbon to the solar constellation can then be used on this own. As a display, worn as a scarf or a child’s sash (perhaps by a school’s/class’s Blue Ribbon Ambassador). The photo below shows an individual star badge and blue diamond badge. Some tying in of the “tiers” is required on the star badges, but I can show people how this can done (if my fingers will work when people are watching that is).

I will try to make as many blue ribbon badges and large blue ribbons as possible for my display as I know many of my fellow adult network members do a lot of good work with their local branches and may want supplies for this year’s DAW (Dyslexia Awareness Week: 5-10 November). And don’t worry, I agree with Ellie the brilliant young creator of the Dyslexia Scotland Blue Ribbons, blue should be free. Therefore, I will not be looking for payment for the blue ribbons. I have had displays of blue ribbons, badges at other events and people insisted on making donations, which I have passed on to Dyslexia Scotland (therefore if you see a collecting can at my stall – please don’t feel obliged to make a donation in order to take badges).

If you are interested in attending the all adult network meeting in Stirling on Saturday 2 June, please see our website for more details.  No need to book, just come along at 11am.

Doreen Kelly, Adult Network Member

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