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Something needs to be done. It isn't my job to do it, not by several levels of indirection, but.... and the obvious passive-aggressive answer won't help anyone, least of all me.
I still go along to MIND as a service user - just. On a bad day, it gets me out of the house. The Friday session is purely social, the Wednesday one is analysis / therapy (I'm told - it's new, and I haven't been there yet), and the Tuesday one is where the WEA come in and run courses for us. Free courses. Well, free to us... I know how much WEA tutors get paid, and someone is paying quite a lot of money for this. We have excellent tutors, I'm learning a lot and having a great time.
Some people turn up on Tuesday and don't take part in the classes. OK, their loss. A few terms back, they'd go off to another room, and Do Nothing there (I assume - whatever they did was out of the way). Now, unfortunately, they stay in the classroom.
This wouldn't be a problem really, as long as they remember that they're in a classroom. But they don't.
Every week for the last couple of terms, we've had irritating background noise. Sometimes they only stay for an hour, and we postpone doing any serious work for that hour, as we can't really hear the tutor. Sometimes they stay for the full session.
To start with, the staff who run the place agreed that there was a problem, and tried to keep things in order. But then they stopped trying.... and the noise got worse... and the "extras" stayed hanging around for the whole of both courses...
And every week, we and the tutors pointed out, again, that we had a problem, and the staff, at best, said "yes, we know", and still did FA about it...
and then this week it got to the point of one of them bellowing as if he imagined he was at a football match or in a pub of the "live sport" variety" rather than a classroom, while the rest made animal noises. And the staff did FA.
So the tutor took action. Which involved practically screaming to make herself heard. And STILL the staff are doing absolutely nothing about this. It's ridiculous. Someone, as I say, is paying good money for this, and it's being wasted because of a group who can't be bothered to make the most of it and can't act like civilised human beings. If they'd just keep their conversation to the level you'd expect when not drunk, all might be well, but it's like a group of oversized toddlers who haven't yet learnt volume control. I've had  - shall we say educationally challenged? - people like this in the courses I act as classroom assistant on, and keeping them quiet so that others can study is half the reason I'm there. So why aren't the staff here doing that?
I can't work out what to do about this - as I say, it isn't my job to do anything anyway. Nor is it the WEA tutor's job, but they had no choice, because the MIND staff weren't doing theirs. I could simply not sign up for the course next term, and say why - that's the passive aggressive option. I'd been wondering about dropping MIND anyway, I'm usually beyond the point of needing it, and stress like today is a backward step.
But... I'm an adult, I have responsibility to do what I can for the world around me. What, in this case, can/should I do?


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