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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.

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.

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 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.

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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Asphaleia Fostering News Flash!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Good news for our foster carers! From January 2018 we have decided to open up our monthly training sessions and workshops to our foster carer’s families, adult birth children and friends and family support networks. We recognise that fostering is very much a family affair. Fostering children makes a difference to everyone in the foster home, including adult sons, daughters other wider family members and friends.

Having foster children living in your home can be a positive and rewarding experience for the whole family. Sons, daughters, families and friends have a very important role to play. and families can experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative and there will be highs and lows for everyone in the family.

To keep the home safer for everyone, some of the every day things you do as a family changes and this impacts everyone. We appreciate the input from family and friends to children and young people and we hope the invitations to regular training and workshops can help our carers and the fostered children to feel safe and also help everyone keep themselves safe.


ESOL Learners in Worthing Visit Pizza Express for Work Experience

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The ESOL groups at Worthing visited Pizza Express as part of their work experience. The session was run by a member of staff who had initially joined Pizza Express with little English and then progressed within the company. Learners came with a range of questions including:

  • How friendly is Pizza Express?
  • How long to become an assistant manager if you start in the kitchen?
  • Do you work alone?

Learners identified key safety rules, signs and symbols for cooking in a kitchen, which they could see were important. They spent time reviewing hand-washing as a vital element of food safety. This was followed by listening to spoken instructions alongside a demonstration for making a pizza. Learners asked the organiser for help rather than each other to develop their confidence outside the classroom. Following the session the learners were interested to discover that recipes are available online.

The manager joined us towards the end of the session and the discussion centred on what employability skills were required to work at Pizza Express. The answer was  a good attitude relating to things like time keeping, helping each other, teamwork but also the desire to work and learn as well as being positive. Language was not considered to be a barrier to work. This was a conversation that continued in the classroom afterwards with learners adding confidence, kindness and respect as part of having a good attitude. The session was positively evaluated by the learners and will be followed by employer visits to asphaleia.

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.

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.



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.