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New induction programme begins at asphaleia Sussex

September 29th, 2016

This week saw several young people start a 3 week induction programme at our West Sussex centre.

The programme provides learners with the chance to get to know each other, team build and even achieve a qualification before they start main classes!

Joining something new can be scary and the aim of the induction is to help young people increase their confidence and settle in before their learning begins.

Week one saw the learners ‘get to know each other’ with some ice breaker activities and also agreeing the expectations of being in the group. A common theme amongst the group was the word ‘trustworthy’, which we will be looking to see over the next couple of weeks.

Learners also had the opportunity to reflect on their reasons for joining the programme using a road map. The map highlights where the young people currently are on their journey and where they want to be by the end of road, highlighting any obstacles they might face on the way. These will be used as a tool for target setting on each of the young person’s individual learning plans.

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Week two will see the learners team building! Watch this space!

For more information on the induction programme please contact Sarah Hughes on 01903823546.

AttachED project launched in Uxbridge

September 29th, 2016

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AttachED is a BRAND NEW project based the London Borough of Hillingdon in our Uxbridge office and our Young Person Interventionist Zoë will work with young people aged 15 - 19 years old who are vulnerable to isolation and may have mental health needs.

The aim of the AttachED project is to improve confidence and self-esteem issues by encouraging peer relationships in order to help reduce social isolation & to improve mental health and well being.

We have recruited peer mentors from our existing projects here in Uxbridge; Better Life and SAFE.

The young people are looking forward to beginning their journey on such an exciting new project; Lucy has commented “This will be fun and new for me, I am going to enjoy helping other people my age that may have gone through similar experiences”

The trained peer mentors will deliver sessions based on:



Anti - Bullying

Team building

As well as this young people will take part in our Drop In sessions, have activity days out and be presented with awards at the end of the programme.

To find out more and to make a referral please contact Zoë on 01895 272478. AttachED is funded by the Big Lottery.

asphaleia are on YouTube!

September 26th, 2016

Our mission is simple; to impact as many lives of children and young people as we can. We approach this mission by taking action and being passionate about supporting and protecting vulnerable children and young people.

To have the impact we desire we have to move into all forms of media to improve our presence. Over the last year we have had a huge surge of online presence with the impact we make over Twitter Instagram and Facebook.

Now is the time for us to use Youtube as a tool to reach young people and explain what we do. We will be taking a holistic approach to this and expect as much success as we have had on other forms of social media…. watch this space!

To find out more please contact

Kieran on 01895 272478

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Better Life Workshops prove to be a big hit with young people

September 26th, 2016

Better Life in Worthing has increased its provision, offering more group interventions to be able to support unaccompanied asylum seeking young people.

This gives young people the chance to talk, take part in creative activities and socialise with others. All workshops have been planned for before and after lessons to help young people settle into a positive frame of mind suited to learning.

This week the workshops had a ‘what makes you happy’ theme, resulting in some of the following:


Many of the young people had not painted before today and the excitement was contagious! With pictures of home countries, the sea, friends, animals and food the group had some lively discussions. Using the iPads young people were given the chance to take pictures and share the fun!

For more information about workshops and therapeutic art workshops please contact Nikki Edwards, The Better Life Project on 01903 823546.

Modern Slavery and Trafficking

September 26th, 2016

On the 20th September 2016, Laura the SAFE Project worker attended the Modern Slavery and Trafficking training at NWG Networking head office in Derby.

Over the last few years, Child Sexual Exploitation, trafficking and modern slavery are issues that are starting to be recognised and discussed.

The SAFE project has seen a number of issues overlap when it comes to CSE and in particular trafficking is one that is being questioned. The Modern Slavery and Trafficking training provided Laura to learn some interesting facts and new knowledge around this topic.

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So what is Modern Slavery and Trafficking?

Modern Slavery is when a perpetrator holds another individual, child and adult in slavery or servitude.

Trafficking - according to the Palermo Protocol, the international definition of trafficking has three main elements;

Act - The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons.

Means - This is how the perpetrator convinces the victim to the ‘Act’ stage. There are a number of ways this is conducted, for example, cohesion, abduction, deception, abuse of power, threats and acts of violence towards the victim, family or friends and giving/receiving of payments.

Purpose - What the perpetrator is doing it for? EXPLOITATION!! This includes, sexual/prostitution, forced labour, slavery and removal of organs.

Trafficking is a process and often the perpetrator does not have to be involved in the actual movement of the individual.  Trafficking can be both internal (town to town) or external (country to country). The National Crime Association 2013 threat assessment that out of the 2,744 potential victims, 602 (22%) were children. The assessment also found that the top three countries of origin of child potential victims of trafficking were;

1-   UK (128, 21%)

2-   Vietnam (77, 13%)

3-   Slovakia (56, 9%)

These facts and figures can be daunting but with the impact of organisations such as asphaleia we will continue to combat these issues to rescue more victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

For more information about Trafficking and Modern Slavery please call Laura on 01895 272478

T Shirt Art in Maidstone

September 26th, 2016

After our move to the new centre in Maidstone, a lot of young people have progressed on to college (congratulations!).

This meant that the art group on the Palm Tree Project has temporarily shrunk in size…

BUT…the young people now attending are so dedicated to the project, and are ideal learners.. They are so happy to be there that they always use the extra hour meant for extra support, to just add to the session! This has resulted in most of these sessions running for 3 hours, and some very interesting conversations and beautiful art.

As a result, we have been able to explore some more complex and creative art work. I explained we would do something new - and gave them a choice of t-shirts to decorate with special fabric pens.

I had to explain quite a few times that they were really allowed to keep the t-shirts, which made them very happy and extremely thankful. See below for some of the brilliant t-shirt art that was made!

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The Palm Tree Project in Maidstone works with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children under the care of Kent Social Services, aged between 13-18 years of age. It uses mentoring, art sessions to support better mental health and wellbeing. It is funded by Children in Need. To make a referral contact Gwen here.

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asphaleia training launches two new projects for young people!

September 21st, 2016

asphaleia training is delighted to announce the launch of two fantastic new projects that will see almost 300 young people equipped with much-needed skills and support to secure apprenticeships or jobs, or to move into mainstream learning.

In Worthing, Make TRAX will support 90 young people aged 16-24 who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to build their confidence, learn essential employability skills, find out about careers options and gain real workplace experience, with the aim of progressing into apprenticeships, qualifications or jobs. asphaleia is one of four Make TRAX delivery partners, in this three year project managed by Barnardo’s with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

In Hillingdon, Youth Talent will work with 149 young people aged 16-24 to access jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships and will organise over 40 work placements and internships for 14-17 year olds. Through Youth Talent we will also be building our network of employers pledging to provide opportunities for young people, and are aiming to engage with over 200 employers to discuss opportunities for young people to gain apprenticeships, traineeships, work experience, internships and jobs. Running until March 2018, Youth Talent is managed by Skills Training UK with asphaleia one of two delivery partners in Hillingdon. Youth Talent also has funding from the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund.


“These projects will be great for young people who just need that bit of extra help to feel ready to access learning or to secure an apprenticeship. We’re delighted to be able to add these projects into asphaleia’s offer for young people in West Sussex and West London.” says Emma Hotston, Development Manager

If you’d like to know more or want to make a referral, we’d love to hear from you!

For Make TRAX contact 01903 823546 and speak to Kelly

For Youth Talent speak to Zoe on 01895 272478

Your invite to the asphaleia Sussex open day

September 21st, 2016

Pop down to the asphaleia Sussex open day and…

  • Find out about our brand new projects:Safe West Sussex and Make TRAX
  • Meet young people who attend our learning centre
  • Speak to our Fostering Manager
  • Make referrals to a variety of asphaleia programmes

Our open day is a brilliant opportunity for you to put names to faces and chat to our delivery staff about how asphaleia may be able to support young people you are working with.

There will be refreshments on offer and the chance to network with other professionals.

We are really looking forward to seeing you,

The asphaleia Sussex team

When: Thursday 6th October 2016

What time: 1pm - 3.30pm

Where: 22 Liverpool Gardens Worthing BN11 1RY

Click here to RSVP


Young person’s journey at asphaleia

September 20th, 2016

Getoar is an unaccompanied asylum seeker from Albania who has been involved with a variety of projects at asphaleia Kent over the past few months, and has made great progress in such a short time!

Getoar was desperate to learn and joined the asphaleia On Track training programme in Maidstone, studying English and Maths.

Initially Getoar was very shy and had poor attendance, so his social worker referred him to the asphaleia outreach service for additional support. We began supporting him on a weekly basis to develop his independent living skills.

At his placement Getoar developed a new enthusiasm towards his responsibilities for cleaning, managing the home and cooking. His eating habits have gone from crisps and energy drinks to a kitchen full of meats, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit.

Getoar came out of his shell and gained self confidence, this had a very positive effect on his learning as his attendance improved, he engaged more in class and he made new friends. He also likes to spend time playing football with friends in the local park.

Getoar completed the asphaleia On Track study programme in August and then attended the asphaleia Palm Tree summer programme in the holidays. Getoar enjoyed going to the cinema but was most excited about the bowling trip, where he showed great technique!

Getoar is now starting ESOL at a college in Kent and continues to be supported by an asphaleia Outreach Worker.

Enjoying bowling as part of the asphaleia Palm Tree summer programme.

Enjoying bowling as part of the asphaleia Palm Tree summer programme.

For more information about asphaleia care, please call us on 01622 690 857

Preparing for exam success

September 20th, 2016

It is the beginning of a new term and learners are being prepared for their exams from day 1 in Jenny Davis’ ESOL classes.

It’s never too early to start getting into the study habit. Part of this is developing independent study skills in and out of class.

Jenny’s groups take home learning prompts with wallet sized cards and are beginning to peer correct work.

Jenny has noticed that by giving her learners one idea for study they have come up with others including photographing their work on their phones and working with their college friends at home.

Another important area is becoming a good self-editor, that is checking for typical or ‘favourite’ mistakes. By planning for exams now, learners have enough learning time to work at a good pace and review areas they need to work on.


Outside class healthy living skills go hand in hand with learning and memory.

Nikki Edwards with the Better Life project, is offering breakfast clubs and workshops including confidence building. Entry ESOL learners in our training centres in Worthing, Uxbridge and Kent are looking at what healthy living means for them in Life and Living Skills qualifications.

For more information please contact us on 01903 823 546.