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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.

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!

To show your support to Jenny please click the link below:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/justkeepswimming5

If you want to find out more about The Kabor Project in Sierra Leone or get involved in fundraising please contact nikkiedwards@asphaleia.co.uk

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: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day-anti-bullying-week

Keep an eye out for further updates in the coming weeks.

 #AntiBullyingWeek #OddSocks #asphaleia

 

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.

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.