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New CSE Project in the London Borough of Bromley

Monday, February 25th, 2019

asphaleia recently started a new CSE project in the London Borough of Bromley. The project will support young people who are being exploited; or are at risk of being exploited. In addition, the service will offer training for professionals around supporting young people who are experiencing or are at risk of CSE.

Overview of Support

We provide holistic interventions based around the specific needs of the young person. Identifying and addressing risky behaviours, in addition to acknowledging and supporting protective factors. An initial assessment will identify areas of support needed and a plan will be created with the young person’s input and agreement. Safety planning will also be included in the plan to support and reinforce their existing safety plan. Another component of the service will be for us to remain in contact with the referrer, providing updates and monitoring reports.

Finally, these are the outcomes we will be working towards:

  • Enhanced parent/carer relationship.
  • Knowledge of sexual health strategies.
  • Reduced safer consumption of substances/alcohol.
  • Ability to identify abusive/exploitative behavior and has strategies in place.
  • Recovery from sexual abuse/exploitation.
  • Reduced association with risky peers/adults.
  • Remains in regular contact with the service.
  • Stable and secure accommodation.
  • Episodes of missing from care/home reduced.
  • Satisfactory school/college attendance.

For further information, please call 01903 823946.

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Make Trax Learners Start Work on Sustainability: One Water Bottle at a Time

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

This week, our Make Trax learners have begun learning about sustainability. In one of their workshops, learners discussed what recycling means to them with a project worker, before taking on a recycling quiz based primarily on single-use plastic.

See an example below: can you answer the questions?

  1. What do you think ‘biodegrade’ means?
  2. What kinds of things take less time to biodegrade?
  3. What kinds of items take more time to biodegrade?
  4. On average, how long does a plastic bottle take to decompose?
  5. How many times could you circle the world with the amount of plastic that is thrown away in one year?

After taking the quiz and discussing why choosing reusable plastic is so important in our training centre and the workplace, our learners decorated a name tag and attached it to their reusable water bottle. Through ditching single-use plastic at water fountains around the centre, and in our breakfast club, these learners are now contributing to ‘greener’ support through Make Trax.

If you, or someone you know, may be interested in our Make Trax project, (or wants to know if they got the answers right!) email Gracie at graciethorne@asphaleiavlc.co.uk for more information.

 

5 Reasons You Should Consider Fostering as Your Next Career

Monday, February 18th, 2019

“Supporting you to support the child in your care.”

1. You can work another job, as long as fostering takes priority
Fostering is a big commitment but one that will change your life and the life of someone else. One misconception about fostering can be that you have to give up your current career in order to become a foster carer. However, if you can prioritize the needs of the child in your care and feel that your time is being distributed effectively on what they need, then fostering is definitely an area you could explore further with asphaleia alongside your current career.

2. You will learn new skills
What kind of skills do you need to become a foster carer? Many of the essential qualities may already exist, such as empathy, care, tolerance and patience. At asphaleia, we would help you to cultivate these skills.

3. Comprehensive support is available
Along with 24/7 support, we give mandatory training for all of our foster carers. We invite you to training days on a monthly basis and you will have an individual personal development plan to ensure your own needs are met; supporting you to support the child in your care.

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asphaleia fostering are rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

4. You may be able to make that hard time a little easier
Children in foster care require a lot of time, care, and patience, but the end result can be amazing for both of you. You can show them that a caring, supportive home is out there for them, regardless of their start in life.

5. You will make a real difference
You will be doing your part to help a child become a grounded individual through foster care. At asphaleia, we pride ourselves in positive outcomes for young people and we are looking for caring and supportive people who want to make a real difference. If you could be that person, we want to work with you.

For more information, please contact Kim on 01903 823546.

4 Reasons Why Differences Are Good

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Equality and diversity is a phrase most of us will be familiar with. It is the subject of policies, training, HR documents and forms for us employees. For our young people, it informs one of our intentions within asphaleia’s Pledge to Young People.

equality and diversity young people

Pledge Number 1

According to WikipediaEquality and diversity is a term used in the United Kingdom to define and champion equalitydiversity and human rights as defining values of society. It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

At asphaleia, this is an integral value that shapes how we operate as an organisation regarding our staff, volunteers and the young people we work with. We are BIG believers in the potential of ALL young people and we aim to ensure we are offering the best of all we have to offer to every young person that walks through our door.

E&D isn’t just something we are obligated to do because of legislation. We believe in the importance of ensuring everyone has the opportunity to progress in life, but furthermore, that differences enrich and enhance our society and personal experiences.

Here are 4 reasons why differences are good:

You learn new things about the world – to put it bluntly, if we were all the same, life would be incredibly dull. What would we talk about? What would we learn? I have learned some absolutely fascinating things from friends or colleagues who are from another country, or in a completely different line of work to me, or who are much older or younger. From languages and culture to simply your outlook on life, the people around you will believe different things for different reasons. Learn from them!

They help you develop – when we are curious about others we have the opportunity to discover new ways of doing things. Better ways. We can also open the door to different paths we didn’t know were there. As Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said: ‘Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”

Stength lies in differences not in similarities

They keep you humble and open – we like to think we know best. The phrase, ‘my way or the highway’ springs to mind for many of us when faced with people who do things differently. Refusing to adapt and change keeps us in the same place and we can make many assumptions about people that are simply wrong.

You learn empathy – an important skill for connecting with people and maintaining relationships. Both personally and in the workplace. To work or learn alongside someone who is different to you, requires you to see things from their perspective. To withhold judgement and listen is at the heart of empathy and is a skill that will allow you to work well in a team or partnership.

Whilst it’s great to celebrate our similarities, let’s look for ways to appreciate the differences of those around us or new people who cross our paths.

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Independent Visiting Service: Bowling is Right Up Our Alley!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

At the end of January, our IV Service hosted one of their bi-annual group activities. The service provides one-to-one befriending for looked after children and young people in Bromley. However, we like to gather everyone together twice a year for one big activity. As January isn’t a time for enjoying the great outdoors, we opted for bowling.

Bowling activity young people independent visiting

We were pleased to have seven of our matches attend. Competitive spirits were running high as young people attempted to out-bowl their IV’s who certainly weren’t going to let them win! After the game, we all gathered around a large table and enjoyed general chit-chat over snacks and drinks.

It was inspiring to see our IV’s with their young people. Their relationships have blossomed and it is clear the young people have a lot of fun and good times with their visitors. It was also positive for our volunteers to connect with one another.

One visitor said: “S said he really enjoyed bowling and was pleased he won! He would like to go again.” Another reported that: “My young person thoroughly enjoyed bowling. He engaged with other young people throughout his time there and always had a smile on his face.”

The IV team are looking forward to the next group activity in the summer.

If you would like to find out more about this service please call our head office. If you would like to apply to become an Independent Visitor, please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk.

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Lunch and £20 Refer a Friend for New Sign Ups on our Employability Programme!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Are you a young person aged 16-18 looking for a college where you can achieve the qualifications you need to progress? Are you thinking about joining asphaleia college but are not quite sure? Are you a professional working with a young person who is hesitant?

We all know how good food is essential for optimum learning, so we are offering to get lunch for the whole of a young person’s first week with us, if they sign up to join our employability further education programme THIS WEEK.

Bring a friend along as well and you’ll both get a £20 high street voucher too (usually £10). Again, this is the final week of this bonus amount so act fast!

Free lunch sign up for education college course

Call us today on 01903 823546 to find out how to make a referral or sign yourself up.

Setting Targets for Achievement at asphaleia training College

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

As the last bit of tinsel is packed away and the pounding headache of New Year’s day thankfully loses its strength, we are then left to ponder resolutions that will improve our lives and well-being. Some opt for Dry January; many will attempt, some more successful than others, to push aside the habit of smoking; while others seek new careers with new opportunities and new challenges. We are no strangers to progress and achievement at asphaleia college, which is why review week at the start of 2019 has given our learners the opportunity to set targets, realise their potential and open up a world full of achievement and opportunity.

Education and qualification targets

Eyes on the prize!

Even seemingly small targets, such as: ‘answer questions in front of the class’, ‘participate in some work experience’, or ‘achieve my first qualification in English’ enable our learners to focus on overcoming their challenges so that progress is recognised, confidence is gained and new targets can be set. Chipping away these small targets allows us to climb, bit-by-bit, our own personal Everest.

At our next review in three months’ time, when others have fallen off the New-Year’s-resolution-wagon or have sneaked outside for a cheeky cigarette; we will have learners who have held their hands high, taken their first steps into employment and passed that first English qualification.

To make a referral to our English, maths and employability programme, email trainingreferrals@asphaleia.co.uk.

New Year, New Maths Game at asphaleia training College!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
What better way to start the new year than by practicing those mental maths skills? Brush the dust off your brain cells that have hibernated over Christmas and get the maths mind ready with a simple mental arithmetic game. In the maths Level 1/2 class in Worthing, we had circular targets printed out with a range of numbers up to 20 round the outside and 25 for the bullseye. You could easily make this yourself if you are feeling crafty! We then played the old fashioned game of ‘Tiddlywinks’ (yes it really did used to be called that many years ago), which means you ping a counter across the table by pressing another counter gently on its edge. Each learner started with 100 points then they had to subtract the number they landed on (no calculators allowed!) and the first to zero was the winner!
We then changed it up a level and combined rolling a dice with shooting a counter on the target and then you had to multiply the two numbers – the first to 500 won! An easy way to practice mental maths and it brought out the competitive edge in everyone! Use it or lose it I say! If you have any other ideas for simple mental maths games, do send them in to me at katiecolcombe@asphaleiavlc.co.uk
… Keep on playing, whoever said maths wasn’t fun?!
 If you or someone you know is aged 16-18 and needs to get a maths and/or English qualification, please contact graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk.
 

Happy Memories of Christmas at asphaleia care’s Reception House

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The Christmas Holidays can be a very difficult, sad and lonely time for many people. Some of our UASC young people at our reception house in Worthing have had to endure much sadness and trauma in their lives at such an early age, and are missing their own families.

For Christmas 2018, we planned two treats for our young people in our reception house. On Christmas day itself we had arranged for the young people to attend a christmas party celebration in Brighton through the Refugee Council at the Global Centre. The young people who went came back reporting that they had a really good time and made new friendships with other young people from their countries.

On boxing day, Theresa cooked a fantastic traditional Christmas meal. The young people all got involved with food preparations, some had never seen a brussel sprout before and one young person made the stuffing balls to go with the meal. Theresa reported that he found this highly amusing and was laughing all the way through.

The aroma coming from the kitchen was delightful, Theresa remarked how lovely it was to see all the young people  helping, some helped by stirring the gravy others by cutting veg.

“When is dinner ready?” They would keep asking… One wanted to begin carving the turkey before it even got to the table. This made Theresa think of her own childhood Christmas dinners and she felt proud to be part of building a good memory for what, for some of these young people, was their very first Christmas experience in the UK.

We served a dinner of roast turkey, parsnips, peas, carrots, roast potatoes and, of course, sprouts. which reluctantly were tried but not enjoyed. They were left on the side of the plate!

The table was dressed in a special way for this occasion. There was much laughter and conversation. We pulled crackers and wore silly hats and laughed at the cracker jokes. Theresa explained what the ‘Pulling of the Wishbone ‘ was  and pulled it with the young person who made a wish. Apparently some of them said they also do this at home.

For another young person it was said how determined he was to use the cutlery, he explained that in his village they only ever ate by using their hands, his big beaming smile showed how happy he was. Theresa was touched to hear this and said what a wonderful achievement this must be for him to sit round a table like this with others as he usually eats alone.

The meal ended with ice cream and mince pies. All the young people thanked Theresa for the lovely meal and they all took their part in washing and drying the dishes. The laughter and cheer continued well into the evening.

One of the young people asked: “Please can we do this again?”

To find out more about our care accommodation services please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk.

asphaleia training college to Open for Taster Week in West Sussex and West London

Friday, January 18th, 2019

asphaleia training runs employability programmes for young people aged 16-18. Our learners can join a course at any time during the year and benefit from a learning experience tailored to their qualification and learning needs.

4th-8th February

Our taster week will take place in the first week of February in Worthing, West Sussex and Uxbridge, West London. Young people, their parents and any professionals working with this age group will be welcome to come to our college buildings and have a look around. You will be able to speak with staff and young people and find out about what we offer. There will also be taster sessions of our courses running (more details to follow). If you are interested in attending this taster week, please email graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk to be put on our contact list.

What We Offer

On Track

  • On Track is a further education programme for young people aged 16-18 run by asphaleia in Worthing and Bognor Regis.
  • It provides practical skills, qualifications, work experience and careers guidance to support young people at the beginning of their journey towards work and a career.
  • The course is around 12-14 hours per week and offers accredited qualifications in English, Maths and Employability, real-life work experiences and workplace activities, careers guidance and transferable skills.

On Track ESOL (English as a Second Language)

  • Full-time further education provision.
  • For 16-18 year-olds who speak English as a second language, including those with very low levels of English and newly-arrived in the country.

Make Trax

  • For those not yet ready for the full On Track programme, we can offer pre-engagement support via our Make Trax project.
  • This is a bespoke 1:1 and small group programme for NEET young people facing barriers to learning and work. It acts as a tailored introduction programme for young people to enter education, employment or training.
  • For 16-25 year olds.

Throughout January we are DOUBLING our refer a friend scheme with a young person and their friend receiving a £20 voucher if their friend starts at asphaleia and attends for two weeks!

To refer a young person please contact graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk