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Job support for young people in Uxbridge

June 16th, 2017

Are you 16 – 24 and living in Hillingdon Borough?

Do you need employment or training?

Zoë can help you for FREE!

Call, text or email for more information and start your journey to a successful career today!

01895 272478

07743 279345

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

My First Two Weeks starting at asphaleia

June 16th, 2017

Well I’ve been here nearly two weeks, and I haven’t introduced myself! How remiss of me.

Hello blog readers and visitors, I’m Marina and I’m the new Tutor at asphaleia training in Worthing.

I’ve been a tutor of one sort or another for 9 years across a wide range of schools and colleges. I have taught English as a private tutor, in secondary schools and an FE college. I have taught art and history too. I have told stories in Covent Garden and boarded the Golden Hind dressed as a pirate, fighting Captain Jack Sparrow!

I love working with young people and can’t wait to find out how I can help and support the fantastic community here.

What a first two weeks I’ve had!

I’ve worked with students on their employability skills, supported their maths learning and had the chance to teach some English. I even taught one student how to play chess, which may not have been my best idea as I’m sure he’ll be better than me by the end of the month.

In my first week, I was also lucky enough to witness our On Track students really shine taking visitors around the centre on Open Day. I can really imagine some of them being salesmen or advocates in the future given their performances.

I look forward to getting to know staff and students better, and helping to support this diverse, brilliant community of learning.

Small Charity Week 2017

June 15th, 2017

What are we up to this year?

We will be using the colour theme again this year; we want staff, professionals and young people involved so get your colourful accessories ready!

We will be making the most of all of our social media channels in order to get the word out about asphaleia and most importantly telling everyone why we are such a great charity!

Keep an eye on our blog and social media sites to see what we are up to!

Twitter: @asphaleiaaction

Instagram: @asphaleiainsta

Facebook:asphaleialtd

For more information contact Zoë

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

01895 272478

 

Open Day in Worthing

June 15th, 2017

On Thursday 8th June, asphaleia young people hosted our open day in Worthing. They took on various roles such as taking over reception, serving drinks and talking to visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our young people also showed visitors around the centre and talked about their personal experience of asphaleia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were not able to make it to our open day and want to learn more about what we do please contact us on 01903 823546 to book your visit.

Young Person’s journey on the SAFE West London Project

June 15th, 2017

Young person ‘A’ was referred to the SAFE project due to a number of concerns which included a number of reported missing episodes, hanging out with unknown males, making negative decisions and putting herself into unsafe situations. There are also reports of ‘A’ doing some drug runs for some individuals and receiving money. At the start of the project ‘A’ was extremely quiet, reluctant to talk about the decisions she had been making and struggled to talk about her emotions. The sessions over the weeks included art work, making the sessions feel less formal by going to a coffee shop and also visiting ‘A’ in school. Over time the project worker and ‘A’ were able to build a trusting relationship. This enabled ‘A’ to feel comfortable to talk about the decisions she made and was able to recognise the risks and dangers she was placing herself in. ‘A’ would often talk about when she was struggling with a situation or having an argument and would run away. However, ‘A’ started to message the project worker when she would start to have thoughts of going missing, this prompted ‘A’ to talk about her emotions and to come up with a solution rather than going missing. On one occasion, ‘A’ decided to not go to school as she felt fed up and felt a burden on her family. However, just as ‘A’ was about to board a train to run away out of the area, she changed her mind and called the project worker and turned up at the office. The project worker was not aware that ‘A’ had been reported missing till ‘A’ informed her. ‘A’ explained that she wanted to run away but knew it was wrong and wanted to do the right thing and that is why she turned up to the office to get some help.

’A’ has come a long way since the start of the SAFE project. She is now starting to communicate with her parents more, she is enjoying school, achieving higher grades and now wants to become a lawyer when she is older. There are still days when ‘A’ will struggle but rather than running away she speaks about it to her parents and they are able to work through it together.

asphaleia’s Bake off day

June 5th, 2017

How good are you at cooking?

Last week  asphaleia fostering ran a bake off where young people were creative with their designs of cupcakes, but the best part will be the tasting!!!!!!

Can’t wait to see who will win…we will let you know shortly!

If you would like to join our fostering team, please call us on 01903 823546 and ask for Tendai or Kim we look forward to you joining our events

 

Worthing 10km run – action runners did it!!

June 5th, 2017

On Sunday 4th June some of the action team and their supporters joined 2600 other runners to take part in the Worthing 10km !

It was a gorgeous day for a run and our team consisted of Hayley, Nikki, Laura, Amanda and Christine.

 

 

 

 

 

The team did amazing on the day and raised just under £600 including gift aid – which we are absolutely thrilled with! The money will go towards our work with young people in the UK and Sierra Leone. If you want to find out more about running for us next year, please contact us here.

Supporting Young People learning new skills living independently and team building

June 5th, 2017

Staff arranged a 2 hour workshop supporting young people learning new skills living independently and team building. It was a successful morning with a good turnout.

Young people completed the challenge newspaper towers, card stacking and 3 truths 1 lie.

Staff and young people talked about what they wanted their hours of support to look like. If you would like more information about our supported care services, please call 01903 823546.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in fostering?

June 1st, 2017

Yes? Maybe? Undecided? Please give us a call on 01903 522966 – we would love to speak with you and have an informal chat.

We can provide you our latest statement of purpose, Ofsted report and enquiry form. We would love to speak with you and find out more about your interest in supporting children in your home.

Ramadan and the experiences of our young people

May 31st, 2017

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month in which most adults and some children ‘fast’ from dawn until sunset for one lunar month. This year Ramadan began on 26 May and will end on 24 June. ‘Fasting’ here means not eating, drinking or smoking during the hours between sunrise and sunset. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan also typically includes the increased offering of prayers, recitation of the Quran (Holy Book) and an increase of doing good deeds and charity. For many, Ramadan is a chance to have more time to think  Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behaviour such as swearing, arguing and lying.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the start date is based on the appearance of the new moon. As the Islamic calendar is slightly shorter than the Western calendar, Ramadan comes earlier and earlier every year. The length of daily fasting also changes. When Ramadan falls in the British summertime, the hours of fasting are quite long because Britain is far north of the equator and has around 16 hours of daylight in summer. In winter daylight hours are much shorter.

The end of Ramadan is marked with a big celebration – Eid – in which friends and family will gather to celebrate and congratulate each other for their achievement. In many cases this can last for up to 10 days.

Here is what our Worthing young people said about their experiences of Ramadan:

‘Imam’s give us readings in Arabic to study over Ramadan, the Quran is written in Arabic and so this is very important for us to learn.’

‘During Ramadan in Afghanistan women will stay in the home and prepare the house/meals for the family whilst the men go to work.’

‘When I lived in my home country growing up, after my morning prayer, I used to go out with my father and open our shop – a tailors. Our shop was very busy during Ramadan because people want to buy lots of nice clothes for the celebration of Eid.’

‘I found it more difficult to fast in Iraq – it was so sunny and hot there.’

‘Eid is like Christmas – there is lots of food and presents.’

Here is a drawing that a learner in Worthing has done for our Ramadan display:

 

To find out more about the services asphaleia offer to young people, please call 01903 522966.