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Big Spring Clean in asphaleia Care

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Spring is finally on its way and outreach workers in our care venture at asphaleia have been supporting our young people in semi-independent accommodation with a big spring clean!!

The young people have been putting on their rubber gloves, turning the music up, and actively scrubbing baths, hoovering, dusting, deep cleaning kitchen areas and de-cluttering their personal space.

The care team at asphaleia has also had their dusters out actively doing, showing and teaching the young people how to clean and why it is important to live in a clean house.

Here are some of the reasons why we think it important to teach our young people the skill of cleaning and also some interesting facts:

  • Cleaning is an important life skill for when the young people move onto independence and rent their own properties.
  • It is good exercise and good for your heart (did you know 30 minutes of hoovering can help you burn around 119 calories and makes a big dent in your daily step count of 10,000 steps).
  • Cleaning can boost your mental health.
  • It prevents allergies and can even boost your immune system.
  • Scientific evidence has shown cleaning and de-cluttering your surroundings regularly can be an outlet for energy and negative emotions.
  • Have you ever heard of clean house- clean mind or tidy house-tidy mind? Evidence has shown that removing dirt from our environment provides you with a more comfortable atmosphere so you naturally feel happier and relaxed.

So get your comfy clothing on, rubber gloves, turn the music up and get motivated to join us in the big spring clean!!

      

  

Visit To The Council Offices with Kent Outreach

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

This week in Kent Outreach sessions we have paid a visit to the local council offices to follow up on a housing benefit claim. This trip allowed the young person to build on many independent living skills. For instance, before the trip we practiced using an internet search to find the location of the offices. We then practiced what we would need to say to the receptionist and the key information we would need to present.

Once in the offices we were required to first use the touch screen machine to collect a ticket. Once our ticket number had been called we were required to state the reason for our visit and to give personal details such as name and date of birth. The young person was able to do this independently after our practice. We were then required to see a housing officer to present the evidence required for the housing benefit application. With support, the young person was able to independently give the correct information, which was the final step in the application process.

This session was valuable to the young person. Not only did it build on practical skills such as using maps, arriving for appointments and presenting key information, but it also increased their confidence. Following this session the young person stated they felt they had a better knowledge of the process and could manage this process independently in future.

Referrals are being taken for Outreach support. For enquiries please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk. This service provides one-to-one support for young Asylum Seekers and Refugees looked after by Kent County Council, 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.

Meet the New Members of the asphaleia Care Team

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

During the past few months the asphaleia care service has continued to grow. We have introduced new accommodation services in Sussex and opened new properties, which is very exciting! We are working with more young people from all different backgrounds and are offering them different levels of support including semi-independent and now also 24-hour staffed accommodation.

The focus of our work is to prepare them for their next step in life, which might be semi-independence or even moving onto full independence. During their time with us we want the young people to feel welcome and safe in their homes. We teach them skills to manage the home, how to live with others and how to access support services (to name a few).

With a growing service we also have a growing team of staff working with the young people in our properties.

We have welcomed four new Outreach Workers to the team since the end of last year and they are:

Cosmin Badea – 

Layla Kelly – 

 

Nichola Collins – 

 

Edon Gibbens – 

Each of them bring a range of knowledge and experience to their roles and they are all enjoying working with the young people and getting to know them.

If you would like to make a referral to our service please contact us on 01903 522966 or referrals@asphaleia.co.uk

Care Key work sessions with some Young People

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Today care staff completed an interactive key work session in the local area. All the young people remained enthusiastic and said they preferred completing key work out doors. We started with a visit to Starbucks where the young people were set the following tasks:

  1. To access free sexual health support- it was closed but they used their phones to locate the local find it out centre. They felt shy to access but said they felt happy to return now they know where it is.
  2. To purchase a stamp- two of the young people knew where the local post office was so the young person who didn’t was set the task to locate it on his phone and navigate the way there. He completed this successfully. In the post office they decided to collect driving license registration forms, staff will support completing this.
  3. To find a bank and make enquiries about opening a bank account- they chose Barclays Bank. Two young met with staff and made an appointment and they were given information about what documents they needed to provide. The 3rd young person received support to upload the app for his account to his phone and use it. All three were pleased with this result.
  4. We walked past the library and the young people decided they would like to get a library card. Young person A asked what he needed to register and staff said he needed evidence of address. Staff will return and complete this with the young people next week.
  5. We saw a notice for free IT support and computer use, which they pay to use. We set the young people a challenge to find the best place to buy toothpaste. We started in Superdrug but the young people decided it was overpriced. They all said the best place to buy a good priced toothpaste was in Savers. We completed key work on the types of toothpaste and what to use if they experience sensitive teeth.
  6. We set the young people the task of locating the local Food Bank. All three insisted that they wouldn’t have a need for this but key work was completed on how anyone could need this support at some time in their lives.

We then took the young people around the local museum, they said the highlight of this trip was the good lighting for selfies! All three young people gave today’s session 100% and conveniently it involved a lot of exercise. The following feedback was received on today’s session:

Young person a: 10/10

Young person b: 10/10

Young person c: 10/10

  

Outreach sessions in Kent with Filling in various forms

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

This week in Kent we have been filling out various forms in outreach sessions. These include biometric replacement cards, travel documents, GP registration forms and provisional driving licences.

Some of these forms can be pretty complicated especially for young people who have English as their second language. As such it is an important skill to master. During sessions we fill out the forms together and speak through the terms which often they have not heard before. The aim of this is not only to complete the form but to provide the young people with the skills and understanding to undertake form filling independently in the future. A mundane yet essential skill for these young people to master.

During outreach sessions we have helped two young people register with their local GP surgery.

Outreach sessions in Kent are all about the paper work this week. With the young people completing forms for travel document and replacement documents

Young people in Kent are looking forwards to travelling and are completing provisional driving licence applications and travel documents in preparation for this.

Care Staff in Sussex Conduct Key Work Sessions for Safer Internet Week

Monday, February 26th, 2018

On day two of Safer Internet Week, Care staff completed key work with young people to openly talk and learn about being safe online. So far the young people that Rachel, Care staff member, has worked with have a very good understanding of staying safe online, yet a lot has been learned. Staff were unable to locate three young person facebook profiles, which is very positive as young people are using nicknames rather than real names to protect their identity online.

We completed key work on the amount of information an uploaded photo contains, for instance did you know that the numbers that are saved with your photo at the bottom are in fact location details? The young people we worked with didn’t know this either. Did you know that once you upload a photo to social media you no longer own the rights to this photo? It’s shocking but completely true. Photos that you post now may seem like a good idea but in 10 years time when you potentially could have a family of your own would you regret making a photo so public?

Young person E said she didn’t understand why it was ok for a young lady to post holiday photos in her bikini but then get slated for posting photos in her underwear – a good point. They seem the same but what message are you potentially sending out to people looking at your photo? It is socially acceptable to be on holiday in a bikini but would you walk around in your underwear publically? It has been an interesting topic for discussion. We have advised young people to really think about what they are posting and also be very wary of  talking to strangers. Most of them understand the dangers of talking to strangers and wouldn’t arrange to meet someone they didn’t know, but it has been interesting talking about the things that seem safe but may not be.  Staff have completed key work on the report option on facebook and the ‘view me as’ option so you can see your profile as if a public member.

One young person, when asked if they would send money to a stranger online, said they were unsure as they would want to help someone in need. This may seem an obvious no-no to some people, but he is kind-hearted and wants to help others. He now understands why this would not be safe and most likely not a genuine request. No answer is a wrong answer; this week has all been about learning.

Our top tip for the day from young people is: don’t use your real name on social media and we think this is a great idea.

 

Outreach Sessions in Kent – Helping with Essential Life Skills

Monday, February 26th, 2018

This week in Kent we have been filling out various forms in outreach sessions. These include biometric replacement cards, travel documents, GP registration forms and provisional driving licences.

Some of these forms can be pretty complicated especially for young people who have English as their second language. As such it is an important skill to master. During sessions we fill out the forms together and speak through the terms which often  they have not heard before. The aim of this is not only to complete the form but to provide the young people with the skills and understanding to undertake form filling independently in the future. A mundane yet essential skill for these young people to master.

During outreach sessions we have helped two young people register with their local GP surgery.

Outreach sessions in Kent are all about the paper work this week. With the young people completing forms for travel document and replacement documents.

Young people in Kent are looking forwards to travelling and are completing provisional driving licence applications and travel documents in preparation for this.

   

A Care Outreach Trip to the Local Supermarket

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

This week, as an outreach activity with a young person in Kent we have taken a trip to a local supermarket where we looked at new fruits and vegetables to try as well as meat-free and dairy-free products. Many of the young people we support on outreach are orthodox Christians and fasting is an important principle of this religion. When fasting the young people do not eat meat or dairy products. This can be challenging, especially in the winter months and so being able to find tasty alternatives is very helpful and the young people often seem very pleased to find some different options. This particular session was followed by a much needed hot chocolate with dairy-free milk of course. Yum!

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.

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.