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Stepping out and learning something new

May 25th, 2017

Our independent visitors are always encouraging and supporting their young people to try something new. The role of the visitor is to take a long term interest in a young person’s well-being and development.   The visitor and young person will share ideas and discuss potential activities. Whether it be a sport, attending a workshop or a trying a new cultural dish.

We want to encourage them to learn new skills and grow in confidence.  We recently had young people try archery, mountain boarding, trampolining and bowling for the very first time.     Some activities went down really well but others were a challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Awareness Week is over…

May 25th, 2017

We have been fully embracing the theme of MHAW ‘Surviving or Thriving’ in order to carry on supporting our young people’s mental health.

Look at some of the amazing things we got up to in our workshops and one to one sessions…

Here are some additional resources and we also wanted to share with you, some of which

have been used in our sessions or on our social media sites this week.

For more information on how we support young people’s mental health please contact us

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

What is ‘Sexting’?

May 25th, 2017
  • Taking naked or partly naked photos or videos of yourself (posing in a sexual way) and sharing the photos or videos with others online or through your mobile phones.

 

  • Receiving, forwarding or posting these photos or videos online or through mobile phones.

 

Sexting or sending naked selfies is definitely on the increase; 1 in 7 young people admit to have taken a semi or fully naked picture of themselves.

How is it illegal?

  • Sharing a naked or partially naked picture or video of a person under 18 or having pictures on your computer or phone of anyone under 18 can be classified as child abuse and you could be taken to court and end up with a criminal record for sexual offences.
  • As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but they don’t require taking formal action if it isn’t in public interest.

The NSPCC have a fab app called ZIPIT which helps you to keep flirty chat on the right track, it has comebacks and tips to help you keep the chat online where you want it!  Zipit is available on Android and Apple. Download it for free now.

The real issue here is about respect – The respect the recipient has for the sender and the respect the sender is showing for themselves. If either of these are absent then sexting is a terrible idea. Think carefully before you send.

 

 

 

 

Come along to our open days!

May 25th, 2017

 

 

In the next few weeks we are welcoming as many people as possible to our centres to learn about the incredible work we do.

This is a great opportunity hear about our training provision, fostering services, charity projects and care support we offer young people and much much more!

So why not come along, enjoy some refreshments and meet the staff at the forefront of asphaleia.

Here are the important dates for your diary:

 

  • Thursday 25th May 12 – 2 in Uxbridge
  • Thursday 8th June 2 – 4 in Worthing

If you want to book your place please email us at headoffice@asphaleia.co.uk and we look forward to seeing you on the day!

Only ever look back to see how far you have come

May 24th, 2017

Only ever look back to see how far you have come,

Help us to show children their opportunities, together we can change lives call asphaleia fostering on 01903 823546

Focus on Children in our care achieving great outcomes

May 24th, 2017

This week’s focus has been about children in our care achieving great outcomes in education. We are happy to celebrate that one of our young people has recently achieved 100% attendance alongside another who has been awarded a golden award. We can shout about one young person reaching the millionaire reader and another becoming a prefect.

If you have ever wanted to make a difference to a young person’s life join our team on 01903 823546 and ask to speak to Kim or Tendai.

Look forward to hearing from you # asphaleia fostering.

asphaleia is closed Tuesday 16th May for staff training

May 15th, 2017

Please call 01903 522966 if you want to leave a message or access our out of hours contact number.

Thanks.

Uxbridge Open Day

May 15th, 2017

We are looking forward to our open day and would like to see you there!

On Thursday 25th May 2017

At 12pm – 2pm

asphaleia Uxbridge, 195b High Street Uxbridge UB8 1LB

Our event will give you an opportunity to come and view our centre, meet our staff and find out if our projects may be suitable for the young people you come into contact with. It will also allow those of you that already know of us catch up with new projects and see where your young people attend!

Please RSVP to Zoë

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

01895 272478

 

A blog by a young person on the SAFE Project

May 15th, 2017

Before I became involved with the SAFE Project at asphaleia I was very shy and quiet when it came to being around others and I didn’t have a lot of confidence. Like every teenager I was extremely doubtful about being a part of the project and was extremely nervous, I wondered if it was even going to help me, but I was so wrong! 

Being a part of the SAFE project has taught me techniques when dealing with anxiety and how to control my nerves, stress and difficult emotions. 

 

It has seriously helped me grow as an individual and allowed me to experience so much more than before, I became more comfortable around others and began to grow confidence with my inner self. The drop in sessions at asphaleia alongside my 1:1 are a great way to socialise with people in a safe and happy environment which let you meet people who may be dealing with the same difficulties as you , or even allows you to understand each person’s characteristics and make new friends! Each 1:1 session has helped me develop and improve my weaknesses and help me understand my emotions rather than before when I had no clue why I felt the way I did. 

 

The SAFE Project has helped me move on and overcome my problems , it has reminded me of my inner strengths and allowed me to feel better about myself as a whole- which was the best thing I’ve done to help me for the future. 

Thank you. 

Therapeutic Art and Mental Health

May 15th, 2017

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week and the young people in Worthing were encouraged to talk freely about mental health while painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The topic of food and mood came up and we explored the relationship between the two. Young people also created trees of that represented their life.

For more information on this awareness day please follow us on twitter @asphaleiaaction and facebook @asphaleiaLtd