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Takeover Challenge – Young People Takeover asphaleia!

Monday, December 11th, 2017



From the 20th-24th of November, asphaleia invited young people to take over as part of the Takeover Challenge!

Our centres in Uxbridge, Kent and Worthing had lots of activities throughout the week. Read below to find out more…

In Uxbridge the UASC learners turned the tables and taught their tutors and their peers about grammar; our learners enjoyed showing off their skills!


Laura’s SAFE session also got taken over by a young person who taught HER about healthy relationships!

Our Youth Forum saw learners directing the session too. The young people spoke about planning the next sessions and give their ideas to us.

Zoe let two young people take over the action Twitter & Instagram and asked them to write their own blogs…. Check out our social media sites to see how they did!




At our Kent office there was lots of arts and crafts with young people taking over Amanda’s drop-in session and creating amazing works of art.


In Bromley, the Independent visiting Scheme decided that the Takeover Challenge would be a great opportunity for a young person to take over the organising of a visit. The young person organised the monthly activity at Laser Tag in Orpington.  This was a great opportunity for the young person to gain confidence and develop her skills in planning.

Her mentor described the activity as very well organised and a fun day out.  The young person did really well in scoring the highest points out of 38 people at the venue!

In Worthing the training learners had a talk from Waitrose and Sainsbury employees. They then took over the session explaining what they had learnt and what it takes to make a career in retail.

Learners also took over social media and started creating a video of the learning centre and an introduction to staff… Watch this space to see the final video!

Some of the learners took over Nikki’s session and got to ask her questions about her job role and employment history and then some taught her about Romeo and Juliet which they are studying for their GCSEs.

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Comic Relief and British Airways visit SAFE West London

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

On the 13th November 2017, SAFE West London hosted a visit from Comic Relief and their corporate funders British Airways.

15 cabin crew members from the Flying Start project, as well as two comic relief colleagues spent a couple of hours hearing about the SAFE project to develop their understanding of the projects that comic relief fund.


Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. 100% of money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief.

Laura McGauran, the lead project worker, gave a presentation to the visitors including an overview of the project, the type of referrals and where they come from, targets and achievements as well as educating them on what Child Sexual Exploitation is. Two service users, one present and one historic, came in and spoke about their experience on the SAFE project and how it is helping/has helped them.

The afternoon was a great success and the Flying Start team from British Airways went away feeding back positive comments such as;

Thank you for a great afternoon, it is so good to see the hard work you are doing and the impact the funding from comic relief is happening.”

I really enjoyed my first visit to one of Comic Relief’s projects.”

”It has been helpful to hear about more the project and I feel I have a better understanding of the projects for when I am fundraising and raising awareness of the good causes that comic relief support.”

If you would like to know more information about SAFE WL, please contact Laura McGauran on 01895 272478.

Hannah’s Youth Talent Journey….

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Hannah joined The Youth Talent Project in Uxbridge in September and has now finished her programme. Hannah wanted to share her journey with you….

Before I started at asphaleia I was bored, I did try keeping busy by volunteering at my local primary school and going to the gym but I knew I needed to get myself ready for more. I left school with nothing as I spent year 11 in hospital for various reasons; reasons I am now coming to terms with and getting support with mentally. My Dad then saw an advert for Youth Talent and convinced me to meet with Zoe – I am glad I did!

I was apprehensive about opening up to someone new but I felt at ease and knew she would be supportive with my past and with what I wanted in my future. Everyone told me I had to get my GCSEs and re-sit them to get anywhere in life and this scared me, but Zoe explained that wasn’t exactly what I had to do right now …. I finally had options. I enjoyed being part of this project and meeting with Zoe each week. We spoke about my confidence and my nerves and these have improved.

We went to meet with a traineeship company and I am happy to say I am starting there in January! If we did not go together I doubt I would be saying this at all. I would just be doing the same old thing every day and not really progressing. I am looking forward to starting something new and fresh and just in time for the New Year. I am very grateful for Zoe’s help and my Dad is too. He said we were very pro-active! That would never normally be something he would say about me!’

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ESOL Learners in Worthing Learn About Healthy Eating

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

This week ESOL learners in Worthing had their first workshop on looking after yourself. They key theme was diet and how this can impact on learning.

ESOL learners started the session discussing their favourite foods and practising their spelling.


Using the eat well plate we explored healthy and unhealthy foods. Many of the learners talked about not knowing what to eat for breakfast and often skipping this meal. As a group we shared ideas together.

Using line graphs the learners compared what happens to energy levels in your body when you eat a banana compared to having an energy drink. The learners were shocked and started to identify alternatives to energy drinks … the most popular suggestion was ”have aubergine!”

Next week learners will be making a healthy meal and eating lunch together while continuing to explore ways to look after yourself.

A Young Person’s Journey on our Projects in West London

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Samuel joined asphaleia Uxbridge in September this year…. Samuel was referred by the Participation Team at Hillingdon Borough as he needed support finding a progression route. At 21 years old Samuel had tried his hardest to access a course or a job but was not getting any success.

With the support of the Youth Talent project and then The Better Life project Samuel has found a suitable progression route and learnt to deal with some of his other issues that to begin with he didn’t even know he needed help with.

Samuel wanted to share his journey with you ….

Before asphaleia I was sitting at home doing nothing for months. I just spent days stuck in my room watching TV and playing the X Box. I knew I had to do something but usually I would start something or seek help and nothing would come of it so I went back to square one. My Mum kept saying, ‘come on Sammy get help’….. but I didn’t know what help!

Luckily a lady at the borough called me and said I should meet with Zoe, I was anxious as I had tried getting support before and didn’t like it but I went anyway. I liked being part of asphaleia because straight away I knew it was different, I could speak about my troubles and could see a way out! I will be starting a Pre-Employability Course in January thanks to Zoe building me up and applying for me. I know this will not fail and I am prepared and I took the time to speak about my anger issues and my feelings of anxiety. By doing this it has built my confidence and made me do more things; I walk the dog when I am bored because Zoe said this will help me more than the X box! I pop and see my Nan when things are getting on top of me at home. I use the bus after 1pm… I didn’t do this before in fear of it being too busy. So much has changed. If I didn’t come here I would still be at home and becoming a recluse as my brother used to say! Not anymore…. I can’t wait until January to make even more positive steps.

Zoe shared a quote with me and I would like to share it with you…..

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What is Sammy’s Law and What Does it Mean for Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation?

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Police chiefs and England’s children’s commissioner have backed calls for child sexual abuse victims to be pardoned for crimes they committed while being groomed.  The campaign to introduce ‘Sammy’s law’ is being led by Sammy Woodhouse, who, as a teenager, was abused by a child grooming gang in Rotherham.

She said: ”For people like me, who were prosecuted as exploited children, we now have to disclose our abuse at job interviews to explain our criminal records. We need to take into consideration if those people are now a risk and still offending as some do. We need to look at people as individuals.  Sammy believes that this means many young people, also in the same situation as she once was, then have to relive their abuse and cannot move on with their lives. She is championing Sammy’s Law, a campaign to change the law to allow victims of grooming and abuse to have their criminal records expunged where they were directed to commit those crimes by their attackers. The campaign is being backed by several Police Chief’s, MP’s and child protection experts in a bid to minimise the impact on victims.

Sarah Champion, the ex Labour MP for Rotherham who campaigns on behalf of abuse survivors, said a Sammy’s law would release survivors from the damaging smear forced upon them by their abusers . She said abusers leading their victims into crime was a key part of the grooming process and was used to isolate the children from their family and friends, Champion added: The policerecord for survivors of CSE (child sexual exploitation) makes them a lifelong victim of coercive control. It dogs every aspect of their life, from job applications to the shame of being found out.

”A criminal record can stop people like me from having a decent future. We have the right to move forward. I deserve to be cleared so I can move on,” Miss Woodhouse said, ‘individual circumstances’ should be taken into account, as abuse victims with criminal records not of their doing are often unable to get jobs because of their history.”

Find out about asphaleia action’s SAFE project here.

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!

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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