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Bake Off inspires young people to talk about food

October 26th, 2016

Staff and young people at asphaleia are looking forward to the Bake Off final tonight!

In light of Bake Off season young people in Worthing talked about their favorite food.


By unanimous decision, chocolate cake was the young peoples favorite food! Last week, a young person painted chocolate cake.


We hope you enjoy the bake off as much as we will at asphaleia.

Young people say what they think!

October 26th, 2016

Young people in Worthing are given additional support through the Better Life project in order to improve confidence, self esteem and learn strategies to help cope with their lives.


Here is what some young people have said recently:

“You funny”

(UASC learner talking to Nikki while painting)

“I think I will come and talk to you again”

(Better Life stayed with a young person who had panic attack)

“I like spending time with you”

(New young person on Better Life)

“Nikki is the only one who supports me right”

(Young person speaks up at professionals meeting)

“I like it here, I think I can do well”

(Young person starting to believe in their ability to achieve)

“Can we have crisp and fish at breakfast group”

(UASC learner explaining why he likes crisp and fish)

“Paint is fun, thank you”

(UASC learner painting for the first time)

“you have helped me so much more than I can say”

(Young person who come to the end of Better Life)

To read more about what our young people think of the support at asphaleia please follow us on twitter @asphaleiaction

Fun Fundraising in Uxbridge!

October 26th, 2016

Here in Uxbridge we’ve come up with a new fundraising idea for action…

Now that Summer seems to have finished Kieran is feeling a bit pasty so we’re organising a sponsored spray tan!


It’s simple, the more money we can raise, the darker the shade Kieran will be sprayed (by a professional) So please give generously as all funds raised will be used to provide vital resources to our charity projects in Uxbridge, Worthing, Kent and most importantly Sierra Leone.

The event will take place on December 2nd so we have lots of time to raise as much as we can, whist having a laugh (sorry Kieran) at the same time!


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Independent Visiting

October 26th, 2016

In our independent visiting scheme for Bromley Local authority we currently work with young people from the ages of 4-18 years old.

Our visitors are volunteers who commit to mentoring a child or young person once a month by taking them out on activities.

Examples of activities this month included crazy Golf in Croydon; Bowling in Lewisham, Breakfast’s at a local cafe and walks/Hikes in parks and woodlands.

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One visitor arranged an activity with his young person to Jeskyns Country Park which is ancient woodland near Cobham in Kent.  They had previously discussed a hike/walk as an activity.  The YP admitted that he was not as overly keen on the idea but the visitor encouraged him to try a new activity. They travelled by public transport to the woodlands where they walked approximately 3 - 5 miles.   They finished the morning with a meal at a local cafe in the park.

YP comments:

How are you getting on with your visitor?

‘I enjoy going out with David, he listens to me and he is funny. I like the fact that he also looks like John Pertwee’. (I really like doctor who!)

Do you enjoy the activities?

‘Yes, we always are doing different things.  We decide together what activities we would like to do. We have a list of ideas’.

What did you like about your last visit with your visitor?

‘I enjoyed the walk, building a den and then going for lunch.’

We currently work with Bromley local authority and the children are placed in Bromley but also in various locations across London, Kent and Sussex.

If you are interested in becoming an independent visitor or you know someone who is interested please email us here.

On Track 2 Work makes an egg…celent start

October 26th, 2016

On Track 2 Work got off to a cracking start with excellent attendance, 16 Young People came in to the first day of the programme and completed their course Induction along with our “get to know you” activities.

The day went well but not without casualties I’m afraid … the Young People were safe we are glad to say, but two eggsellent volunteers in the egg drop competition failed to make it even after our First Aider Toni tried to revive them.

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We had the Air balloon strategy game where the aim was to stay in the Air balloon to survive and start a new colony on an island. The Judge was first to go, along with the Social Worker, followed by Teacher and the Bank Manager. All was well until the 85 year old Air balloonist was thrown out and the balloon popped - unfortunately no survivors but there was a lesson learnt from this.

Finally we had the Marshmallow tower, a game of skill and design. The aim was to build a tower as high as possible using spaghetti and marshmallows without falling for 30 seconds. There was extra bonus points for design. As the Learners worked hard, the palms started getting warmer and the towers began to wilt and topple - however, the learners never gave up and produced some wonderful structures. They all came to a sticky end but they were tasty … the marshmallows that is.

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The day was eventful full of laughs - the nerves went and the confidence grew.

The On Track 2 Work group look set for a great 15 week study programme.

For more information about asphaleia training, please call us on 01903 823 546

We are recruiting

October 24th, 2016

asphaleia action are recruiting for a Specialist Interventionist to work from our Kent office.

For more information please click here.

This post is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.


Let’s talk about openly about Mental Health

October 19th, 2016

In the news this week, James Arthur has spoken up about his mental health needs.


The mental health charity Mind found approximately 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder.

Here, at asphaleia we come into contact with multiple young people who have anxiety. Often unseen this condition can be very debilitating. With mentoring support young people are given strategies to help them manage and support to reach their full potential.

Leading by example, James Arthur has made it possible for young people to talk openly about their mental health needs.

For more information about support asphaleia can offer click here

Student places available for ESOL

October 19th, 2016

We have places available on our ESOL provision across all three of our learning centres.

If you are looking for ESOL provision in West London, West Sussex and Kent, please contact us via the following methods:

Worthing, West Sussex - 01903 823546

Maidstone, Kent - 01622 690857

Uxbridge, London Borough of Hillingdon - 01895 272478

To email us, click here.


Organisational Learning & Development Week 2016!

October 17th, 2016

Monday 17th October - Friday 21st October 2016 marks asphaleia’s annual Organisational Learning & Development Week!

L&D Week is a great opportunity for all asphaleia staff to explore further the issues and themes affecting the everyday lives of our service users, and discuss these topics via our online forums.

This year we are focusing on the themes within the asphaleia Young People Pledge, each day we will be focusing on topics within each pledge;

  • Your Voice
  • Your Differences
  • Your Health
  • Your Safety
  • Your Education
  • Your Future

As well as sharing information, knowledge and resources among colleagues, there will also be quizzes and prizes daily!

We look forward to another excellent week of Learning & Development.


UASC in the news

October 17th, 2016

asphaleia started supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children over 16 years ago and we still pride ourselves on our ability to do this today.

Please click the link below to read more young people who have escaped danger, are stuck in Calias and are waiting to be resettled safely in the UK.

For more information about how we support UASC, please contact us here.