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An Interview with an Independent Visitor

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who is matched with a young person in care. They befriend the yp by taking them out to do fun activities once a month. The idea behind the role is that it provides a consistent, long-term, supportive relationship with a role model who is outside of the circle of professionals involved in the young person’s care plan. asphaleia care run the IV service for London Borough of Bromley and here is an interview with one of our visitors, Andrew, who has been volunteering with us since January.

  • How long have you been an IV now?

I was introduced to JO and his family on the 24th of Jan 2018, so about seven months.

  • What’s been your favourite visit?

There isn’t a particular visit I would classify as favourite, they’ve all been uniquely interesting from the very first one, where we watched Star wars: the last JEDI, followed by just the two of us playing soccer and showing off ball juggling skills at a leisure centre. The third visit was bowling for about two and half hours culminated with a meal of his choice at a nearby Nando’s. For the next visit, we went to Lambeth Palace, the official home of the archbishop of Canterbury, we toured the place and enjoyed ourselves at an event that had been organised by Ronald Macdonald house, a charity firm that supports relatives with terminally ill children in hospital then we played miniature golf.

  • How did you find the induction training?

The very coherent induction/ training curriculum of asphaleia complimented with staff like Jeni who have a unique ability to explain complex or difficult concepts in basic terms and the use of case scenarios made the entire process enjoyable and an opportunity to blend and share knowledge with experience independent visitors.

A still from the video made by the IV Network to promote the role. You can find the full video, ‘A Friend by Nature’, on Barnardos YouTube channel.

  • What’s the best thing about being an IV?

As a Business doctorate student, the role of IV is an opportunity to practically apply theoretical material learned in class in the sense that I have to evaluate the young person and his interests and decide what would make a good visit. I also take into consideration the experiences we are having and what I can teach him through them.

  • Would you recommend it to other adults looking to volunteer?

Yes, the visits are in themselves an opportunity to develop personally. The role not only places you in a leadership position to influence the young person, but also through reflecting upon what you’re helping the young person with (for example; increasing their self-confidence, helping them to deal with life’s changes and challenges, being healthy), it prompts you to reflect on your own lifestyle.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk.

 

Celebrating Refugee Week in Kent

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

In Kent Outreach sessions we have been celebrating Refugee Week and talking about life in the UK as a refugee. The young people told us what they like best about being in the UK. The overwhelming response was the right to education and freedom. These are things we often take for granted however our young people highlighted just how lucky we are. I for one feel incredibly lucky, not just to live in a country where we have freedom and access to healthcare and education, but also to spend my days working with brave and inspirational young people every day. They inspire me to appreciate the opportunities we are offered in the UK as well as make the most of every precious moment. It is a pleasure to be part of their lives so let’s say a big thank you to all the young people we work with for letting us be part of their journey to make a new home in the UK.

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, 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.

Future Aspirations for a Young Person in Care West Sussex

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Outreach workers in our Care venture have been encouraging our YP to focus on their futures and have been supporting them to apply for colleges in the south east of England. Outreach worker Layla supported a YP to enroll on a construction course at a local college. The YP was very anxious on arrival to the college as they had found attending a school setting previously was a difficult task for them. Layla advised the YP that college is different from school and is a more adult environment. The YP took part in a bricklaying workshop and learnt lots of new things such as how to lay a course of bricks, how to build a corner, what the meaning of ”Plumb or Plumb bob” was and where it had derived from. (The ”plumb” in ”plumb-bob” comes from the fact that such tools were originally made of lead (Latin: plumbum, French: plomb). In ancient history the Egyptians and Romans used a bob of lead on a piece of string to check if the buildings were vertical or in line. After the workshop-the YP said he enjoyed the day at college and was looking forward to starting in September and learning a trade for his future….and to earn some money.

asphaleia care provide support services to UASC in Kent and West Sussex.

Young People Celebrate Refugee Week 2018 Through Art

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

To celebrate Refugee week (18th – 24th June) we teamed up with the Sussex Partnership Trust and ran a pop up art studio for our UASC students at our training centre. This was led by artist Sara Dare and Jo Squires, Mental Health Practitioner for CAMHS in West Sussex who is supporting our students around their mental health. We held two drop in’s for students throughout the day where they focused on ‘One Line Drawing’ and drew portraits of each other only using one line without taking their pencil off of the page; asphaleia staff also tried this and it was not easy! In addition to this young people drew using pencils and charcoal and teamed together to create a large floor piece, which was good fun. We provided the young people with photo frames so they could put their drawings up in their homes. Some drew pictures of themselves and others drew family members.

At our training centre in Worthing we offer ESOL courses to UASC students. To make a referral please contact our training team on 01903 823546.

   

   

asphaleia Marketing at Kent County Council Conference

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

This week asphaleia attended a conference at Kent County Council where we were part of a marketing place for attendees. The conference was attended by professionals from other local authorities and the aim was for Kent County Council to share best practice by supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and how this has been managed over the years with large numbers of children entering Kent. The conference was attended by many professionals, some councils who we work with in other areas and also other organisations we have worked with who support young people such as the Refugee Council, KRAN, Kent Kindness Maidstone and the Red Cross. asphaleia was represented by Jodie Brown, the Care Manager, who shared information about our current services in Kent which include:

  • Our outreach service supporting young people in the community to learn and improve their independent living skills both at home and out in the community.
  • SAFE project working with young people who are supported to address any gaps in understanding around citizenship, respect for women, acceptable behaviour and attitude.
  • Palm Tree project providing therapeutic art work to young people to support them around mental health and well-being.

If you wish to make a referral to any of our services please contact us at referrals@asphaleia.co.uk.

 

Health Assessment and Immunisation for our UASC Young People

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Refugees and Asylum seekers are amongst the most vulnerable groups in society. They represent a wide range of different cultures, languages and backgrounds. By definition, an asylum seeker or refugee is fleeing persecution and is seeking protection, however they will each have individual experience, some may be fleeing war or torture or sexual violence and have a wide range of physical and psychological needs.

Here at asphaleia we support them every day with all their basic needs: cooking, cleaning, registering them to school, GP, dentist, etc.

For example we assist each of them to have an initial health assessment for conditions as TB and other diseases and also their mental health.

The asylum seekers arriving in the UK usually have limited records of immunisation and frequently have not had any at all so once they have been registered with a GP we book them appointments to have three courses of immunisations.

All our young people are very nervous when they hear about vaccinations, but on the day, a nurse will explain which immunisations they will receive and answer any questions they may have.

They will receive their immunisations by injection, usually in the thigh or upper arm and the vaccines will protect against: hepatitis B, measles, polio, rubella, tetanus.

All the UASC clients are very relieved once they have finished the courses and often admit they were scared for nothing!

asphaleia care provides housing and outreach support services for UASC (unaccompanied asylum seeking children) in West Sussex, West London, Croydon and Kent.

 

 

 

What Does Ramadan Mean to You? An Interview with a Young Person

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Ramadan is an important month in the Islamic calendar. It took place from 15th of May to 14th of June, this year. One of our care team interviewed one of our young people to find out what this celebration represents and how they manage to get through the fast:

CB: Hi M can you explain  to me what Ramadan is?

M: During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This is called fasting and is important during Ramadan as it allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to Allah, or God.

Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis of how Muslims live their lives. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, but the date changes each year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the moon.

CB: What does Ramadan represent for you?

M: Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, I cannot spend time with my family anymore as they have passed away but I am surrounded by friends.

CB: How do you feel during fasting?

M: Fasting is not easy and I usually have a meal just before sunrise and another directly after sunset. Before going to sleep I drink milk mixed with water.

CB: What do you do at the end of the fast each day?

M: When the sun has gone down – families and friends will get together for iftar to break their fast. Very often we also go to the mosque to pray.

CB: Does everybody fast?

M: No, not everybody fasts during Ramadan. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those who are ill or who are travelling don’t have to fast.

CB: What happens when Ramadan ends?

M: There is a special three-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. This is called Eid al-Fitr – the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. It begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky.

Muslims will not only celebrate the end of fasting, but will also thank Allah for the help and strength that He gave them throughout the previous month.

asphaleia care provides housing services for UASC (unaccompanied asylum seeking children) in West Sussex, West London, and Croydon.

 

Charity Shopping in Kent with our Outreach Service

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

This week in Kent we have been visiting charity shops as part of a budgeting session. These sessions tend to be interactive practical sessions in which we think of various ways we can save money. Charity shops are often a new concept to the young people most are pleasantly surprised at the hidden treasures that can be found within. As well as how much money can be saved buying clothing, furniture and household items from them.

      

Another part of the budgeting session includes writing a budgeting plan to highlight other areas in which money can be saved. Mobile phones are often an area in which money can be saved and so we look at various network deals and work out which would be the most practical and best value for the young person. Hopefully, following these sessions, the young people become more money conscious and a little more savvy at hunting out those bargains.

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, 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.

National Volunteers Week 2018

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

At asphaleia, volunteers are an integral part of our delivery. In our training venture, they provide valuable classroom support that can make all the difference to those learners who can’t keep up with the pace of the lesson.

One service in particular could not operate at all without its 19 volunteers. That is the Independent Visiting Service. Part of our care venture, it is a service we are contracted to run for London Borough of Bromley.

It is a befriending service that matches one adult volunteer to a young person in care. The volunteer (IV) will visit that young person once a month and take them out to do activities. It is intended to be a consistent, supportive relationship that can make an immense difference in the young person’s life. Special mention goes to our longest serving IV, Jason, who has been visiting his young person for over four years.

All of our visitor’s offer up their time for free, whilst working full or part-time and having families or other commitments. In a recent feedback survey sent to our young people, all of them stated that having a visitor was ‘Good/Excellent’. When asked what their visitor has helped them with, some responses were:

‘I can talk to her about things.’

‘Making new friends.’

‘I managed to travel to Croydon and back by myself.’

asphaleia’s Managing Director, Laura Thorpe, says;

Significant and unique support volunteers give to our organisation in helping young people to believe in themselves and reach their potential. Volunteers are sacrificial and selfless in giving of their time,  care and effort. Generally they have busy lives and they still give more wanting to make a difference. We appreciate them and we are so glad we can support volunteers’ week to recognise and celebrate who they are. 

On behalf of all at asphaleia, we want to say a huge…

… To ALL our volunteers for the fantastic work you do with our young people.

To enquire about becoming a volunteer with us, please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk. 

Cooking in Kent with asphaleia Care

Friday, May 11th, 2018

This week in Kent Outreach sessions we have taken a culinary journey to India with a curry cooking session. The young person in the session was very surprised at how simple cooking can be as well as how tasty home cooked meals are. Especially one he made! He enthusiastically prepared, cooked and dished up his curry ready to share with his housemate who eagerly waited for a taste. Since cooking sessions began with this young person, he has been independently recreating the meals we made together during sessions and teaching his friends how to cook them. He even scored himself 7/10 for his first solo attempt at a Spaghetti Bolognaise. Perhaps we have a future chef in the making!

     

During cooking sessions each young person also learns about food storage, food hygiene and how to read simple recipes. This is invaluable knowledge when it comes to cooking and helps to increase independent living skills which is the aim of outreach support. 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, 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.