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An Outreach Appointment to Specsavers in West Sussex

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Care staff supported a young person with a visit to Specsavers in Worthing. He wasn’t looking forward to this so we started with a visit to Costa to have a chat about his week, college plans, and the eyesight test.

Young person A said he really didn’t want to have glasses, I explained that glasses were very fashionable these days and there is a wide range of choice (I think this young person would look very stylish wearing glasses!) We then walked into town to Specsavers and their staff were fantastic and did their best to put young person A at ease. We had a very funny lady completing the eye test and young person A found her amusing. Young person A chose some lovely black thick-framed glasses, he wasn’t over the moon about needing them but understood why it would help him. Specsavers are currently offering a free contact lens trial so we enquired about this and they have ordered his prescription in for this, which is fantastic and it’s free! We will return with an update of the trial so stay tuned.

A Variety of Outreach Sessions in Kent

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

This week in Kent we have been busy doing a variety of activities during our outreach sessions; from whipping up a storm in the kitchen…

…To applying for social housing and support to join a local cycling club. This young person is a keen cyclist and was more than happy to ease into the club with a 40 mile bike ride!

The variety of outreach sessions certainly makes for an interesting job, but more importantly, means the support given ensures each young person receives help in the areas they need it most and of course, this is different for each individual. One thing is for sure, life as an outreach worker is never dull!

Referrals are being taken for Outreach Support, for enquiries please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk. This services provides one-to-one support for young Asylum Seekers and Refugees, teaching them independent living and self-care skills. The topics covered vary depending on the areas that the young person requires support with, thereby creating a package of outreach support that is tailored to meet individual targets and goals.

Cake Baking with a Young Person in asphaleia care

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Today care outreach staff completed a baking session with a young person who lives in one of asphaleia’s properties during a key work session, it was a chance to learn a new recipe and take some time to do something fun. We had to estimate the amounts as we had no scales but this was all part of the fun. She needed a little guidance but mixed the cake well.

  

 

Outreach Workers in Kent Support Young People with Benefits Applications

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

This month during outreach sessions in Kent we have been supporting young people to apply for benefits.  This usually requires a lengthy phone call, copious amounts of form filling and a job centre appointment.  Within outreach sessions we can support with all aspects of this process and find this support is often sought after and valued. This is because the process of applying for benefits and understanding the social security system is a daunting process for many people, but especially for young people, care leavers and refugees who often rely on this financial support.

As such, once we have completed the benefits applications not only do the young people have a better understanding of the benefits systems and their entitlements, but they often report a sense of relief that it has been completed.  Happily this means they can get on with the important things like enjoying themselves instead of worrying about their finances.

Referrals are being taken for Outreach support, for enquiries please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk. This services provides one to one support for young Asylum Seekers and Refugees, teaching them independent living and self care skills. The topics covered vary depending on the areas that the young person requires support with, thereby creating a package of outreach support that is tailored to meet individual targets and goals.

Learning about Drugs

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Earlier this month, asphaleia Care provided a group key-working session on drug facts, the results of drug abuse and asked ‘Frank’ questions using the live talk resources. We started with a competitive game of marsh mellows towers followed by key work.

#everychildmatters #talktofrank #askthoseembarressingquestions

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For information about care services, please call 01903 823546.

Staff and a young person attend preview of film ‘A Friend By Nature’

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

An Independent Visitor is not a role that is widely known about or understood. Even amongst care professionals. The Tudor Trust have funded the National IV Network whose main aim is to raise awareness amongst professionals and young people in care so that this positive and impactful role can be utilised more.

Last Saturday, two members of our care team and a young person from the IV project went to an event organised by the IV Network in London. At Soho Theatre, many IV Coordinators, IV’s, and their young people gathered to celebrate the role and to watch the premier showing of a film created by Chapter Agency and starring Nego True.

As well as the film, several young people spoke about their experiences with their IV’s. One young person (18 years-old) had had her IV since she was eight. The young person who went from asphaleia’s IV project based in Bromley said that his IV helped him to overcome a fear of heights.

It was evident that IV’s play such an important role in these young peoples lives. As Nego says in the video: ”it is hard to build a future with people you don’t have memories with.  Our IV’s make memories with these young people and give them some stability.

Please view the video and share it to help us raise awareness, not only of our project in Bromley but of the role in general so more young people can benefit from it nationally.

If you want to find out more about the role and apply please click here.

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CV Writing in Kent

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

This week in outreach we have worked on employment skills and specifically CV’s. This can be a daunting task, especially for young people who have English as a second language because not only does writing a CV require a use of employment terminology, but also a basic level of IT skills.

We also used this period as a time of reflection to talk about achievements and the skills that the young person has gained and how he should be proud of these. The young person ended the session with a new CV, increased IT and English language skills, increased knowledge of English culture and hopefully, a renewed sense of achievement and confidence.

Referrals are being taken for Outreach support, for enquiries please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk. This services provides one to one support for young Asylum Seekers and Refugees, teaching them independent living and self care skills. The topics covered vary depending on the areas that the  young person requires support with, thereby creating a package of outreach support that is tailored to meet individual targets and goals.

Young people in care develop new life skills

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Here in the Care Venture of asphaleia we are now offering the Young People in Care the opportunity to come in to the centre on Friday’s every week to participate in, and lead a group session that will involve challenges and issues facing the Young People on their journey’s from semi-supported to independent living.

This Friday, we looked at food shopping and budgeting on a low income as requested by the Young People. We sat down and discussed the issues and difficulties of living on a budget. Everything from pooling money together in a kitty if in a shared property, to eating healthy and meal preparation. We discussed other avenue’s to explore such as budget supermarkets, shopping at local business’s and food banks in case of emergencies.

For the group exercise the boys were then split into two groups and provided the same shopping list and asked to go online at two leading supermarkets and whoever could get the lowest cost would win. This was fun, engaging and informative and interesting to see how the different boys had different approaches.

After the group session had finished and the winner’s crowned we had a drop in session. This was for the Young People to request assistance with any issues they have. From filling in application forms for jobs or college, property searches for moving on after asphaleia care or mediating phone calls to various external agencies. This  will be running every Friday in the training centre at asphaleia from 12pm-4pm.

If you want to find out more or get in touch, please call 01903 522966.

Supporting Young People learning new skills living independently and team building

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Staff arranged a 2 hour workshop supporting young people learning new skills living independently and team building. It was a successful morning with a good turnout.

Young people completed the challenge newspaper towers, card stacking and 3 truths 1 lie.

Staff and young people talked about what they wanted their hours of support to look like. If you would like more information about our supported care services, please call 01903 823546.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Outreach session in Kent

Friday, May 26th, 2017

‘This week during outreach sessions we have been busy cleaning. For these sessions not only do we get our hands dirty with the practical side of cleaning but we also discuss important elements of cleaning and house management such as cleaning products and how often to clean specific areas throughout the house. Other issues frequently arise during cleaning sessions, this week revealed a freezer that was completely unusable due to the amount of ice inside! This was tackled with enthusiasm by the young person who not only had a sparkling kitchen by the end of the session, but also gained a useable freezer.

 

 

Referrals are being taken for Outreach support, for enquiries please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk. This services provides one to one support for young Asylum Seekers and Refugees, teaching them independent living and self care skills. The topics covered vary depending on the areas that the  young person requires support with, thereby creating a package of outreach support that is tailored to meet individual targets and goals.’