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The £500 Fundraising Challenge continues!

Monday, November 6th, 2017

In September, asphaleia action were set the task of raising £500 to provide Christmas presents to all of the young people being supported by The Kabor Project in Sierra Leone.

The Kabor Project takes a holistic approach in its work, looking at the emotional and physical needs as well as vocational skills training needs of underprivileged young women, girls and their children. Kabor also supports poor farmers to build their livelihoods through increase in food production, diversified sources of income and improved household nutrition by providing them with livestock (goats and sheep) and agricultural inputs such as improved seed rice, oil palm seedlings and vegetables. Some communities are also provided with clean water and cassava processing equipment.

In order to reach the £500 target, asphaleia action have run a variety of different fundraisers including bake sales, a staff lunch and will shortly be making Christmas stocking fillers to sell!

With only £95 to go to reach our target our tutor Jenny continues to complete her swim sessions. Jenny challenged herself to complete 50 swim sessions in 3 months!

To show your support to Jenny please click the link below:

If you want to find out more about The Kabor Project in Sierra Leone or get involved in fundraising please contact

Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying Week

Monday, November 6th, 2017


Some of the Facts 

1 in 2 people experience bullying, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT IT.

  • Over 30% of children and young people have experienced bullying in the last year alone.
  • More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying.
  • Over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying at school.
  • There were over 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying in 2016/17.

(Source: NSPCC, 2017)

Getting involved

During Anti-Bullying Week 2017, staff and young people within asphaleia will be celebrating what makes us all different and all equal!

To help raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week asphaleia staff and young people will be wearing odd socks, making donations, sharing resources and discussing this prevalent issue with children, young people, parents and carers.

Find out more about Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week here:

Keep an eye out for further updates in the coming weeks.

 #AntiBullyingWeek #OddSocks #asphaleia


New online game warning

Friday, October 20th, 2017

There has been reports recently of a highly concerning game called the ’48 hour challenge game’ that is circulating on Facebook.

The game encourages young people to go missing for 48 hours. The young people are also given points each time their report of being missing is reported on social media by the police or friends and family.

Children and young people account for around two-thirds of all missing cases. A 2010 report estimated that 140,000 people under the age of 18 go missing in the UK each year (The Home Office, 2010: 5)

Young people are placing themselves in a extremely dangerous and vulnerable situation when they go missing, this includes being exploited, and being exposed to drugs, crime and violence. The trauma of going missing can also have a long term effect on their emotional and mental wellbeing.

If you are concerned about a young person or want more information please contact us on 01895 272478/01903 823546.

Self Harm is affecting more young people than ever before

Monday, October 16th, 2017

37,000 children and young people per year are admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries” (Young minds, 2017)

 Types of self harm

”It is a range of things that people do to hurt themselves in a deliberate and often hidden way” (MHF, 2006)

  • Cutting
  • Burning / scalding
  • Head banging
  • Breaking bones
  • Punching body
  • Inserting/swallowing objects/poisons
  • Throwing self against something

Who self harms?

Anyone can self harm, there is no set ‘type’ of person. Due to a level of disassociation, there may be a lack of acknowledgement/ realisation around this.

What to look out for and how to support someone you suspect of self harming…..

”Self-harm is a way of expressing very deep distress.” (MIND, 2012) 

  • Taking notice
  • Offering to listen
  • Supporting them to access help when needed

 Seeking further support

If you are self harming or thing about self harm or suicide and feel able to speak to someone about this, please consider talking to…..

  • A Friend
  • Parents/carer/extended family
  • A friend’s parent/carer
  • Teacher/tutor
  • GP/school nurse

Further support

asphaleia support World Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

On October 10th staff and young people across asphaleia supported World Mental Health Day and the #HelloYellow campaign

Staff who wore yellow donated to Young Minds who support children’s and young people’s mental health across the country.



We also looked at mental health and well being in the workplace and took some time to read the tips and use the resources that were shared.

”Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it is important that we discuss it with friends, family AND colleagues.”

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Did you know that Safe West Sussex offer parent liason?

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

At safe we offer support to parents whose children may be at risk of being exploited or parents of those who may be at risk of becoming a perpetrator.

Ware here to listen to concerns. Just as we know that every child is unique, we know that every family is too and each family requires unique support. We provide non-judgemental, confidential support to help parents recognise and build on the strengths that they have to protect their children and reduce their risk of harm. We understand that CSE is hugely distressing however we can’t ignore it in the hope it will go away. Learning about CSE, knowing how to spot signs and being aware of the support available will give parents the tools they need to be able to support their children and help to keep them safe.

We can:

  • Help parents to recognise and understand the signs of CSE.
  • Listen to concerns and ideas.
  • Equip parents with tools and knowledge needed to help to protect their children.
  • Inform parents about the latest trends including up to date information on apps and online resources.

We can offer support via email or telephone conversations or 1-1 meetings in the community. We have resources that we can send out via email or post containing information on CSE and online safety. Please let us know if you would like us to send you out some of these resources.

If you would like some extra support please don’t hesitate to contact us today either by emailing and or calling head office:  01903522966

World Mental Health Day is TODAY!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and here at asphaleia we will be supporting the various campaigns with staff and young people and we would like to encourage you to do the same!

Mental health problems can affect anyone any day of the year, but today is a great day to show support for better mental health and to start looking after your own wellbeing….

The theme for today is workplace wellbeing. During our lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression and on average, three children in every classroom in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder. We want to put a spotlight on young people’s mental health and get everyone joining in on the conversation.

So join Young Minds on World Mental Health Day by wearing something yellow to work and donating to Young Minds. It could be a tie, t-shirt or even lipstick – if you’re feeling daring. Take a photo of yourself wearing yellow and send it to me so we can upload to Twitter & Instagram and share our #HelloYellow support!

Once you have done this simply Text YMYM00 and £x (replace x with the amount you wish to donate) to 70070. Donations of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 can be made The full amount will go to YoungMinds.

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Understanding Consent

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Consent is something that can often get confusing and not be fully understood.

What is Consent?

There have been a number of researches completed to be able to give a clear definition. A simple term; consent is when an individual is able to say yes and agree to a sexual activity. It is about feeling in control and saying yes or doing something because you choose to, not because someone is pressuring you to.

However, when it comes to the law regarding young people and consent to sex, it can become a grey area. By law the age of consent to sex in the UK is 16 years old. The laws are there to protect children and not to prosecute under-16s who have mutually consenting sexual activity. Any sort of sexual contact without consent is illegal, regardless of the age of those involved. Children under the age of 12 cannot consent to any type of sexual activity.

The Cup of Tea video provides a great and simple way of explaining consent and sex by using the means of making a cup of tea someone.

For more information please call the SAFE team on 01895 272478/01903 823546/01622 690857.


Progression support for young people in West London

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Do you work with young people who no one else will help? Are they feeling rejected after several failed interviews or applications? Do you know young people who just can’t see their employment potential?

asphaleia has an excellent track record in working alongside young people to find work. Young people are being successful in gaining employment, apprenticeships and traineeships in childcare, retail, construction and admin. We work with young people to ensure they are successful in the progression route that is best for them…

Louise worked with Zoe completing a CV, practising interview skills and working on her confidence and in only 5 hours she was successful in gaining employment as an administrator for Manpower UK Ltd in Uxbridge!

“I am so happy that I now have a routine and can start being independent I am glad my Dad saw your advert and convinced me to come and see you!” commented Louise.

Are you working with young people aged 16 – 24 years old that would like progression support?

Please contact Zoe to find out more:

01895 272478

07743 279345

PTSD and art

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Palm Tree Project actively uses ideas from art therapy in sessions with young people, using art to communicate and work through difficult issues. One of the most common issues for young people on the project is symptoms of post traumatic stress. When English skills are low especially, art has proven to be an amazing tool for young people to work through difficult themes such as loss and bereavement.

Melissa Walker has presented her work on post traumatic stress and art in a TED-talk, explaining how this can help. Have a look at the video if you are interested, and contact Gwen to find out more about the Palm Tree Project (details below)

The Palm Tree Project works with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children under the care of Kent Social Services, aged between 13-18 years. The project uses mentoring, art and music sessions to support better mental health and wellbeing. Contact Gwen in Maidstone on 01622 690 857 or at to find out more