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World Mental Health Day is TODAY!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and here at asphaleia we will be supporting the various campaigns with staff and young people and we would like to encourage you to do the same!

Mental health problems can affect anyone any day of the year, but today is a great day to show support for better mental health and to start looking after your own wellbeing….

The theme for today is workplace wellbeing. During our lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression and on average, three children in every classroom in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder. We want to put a spotlight on young people’s mental health and get everyone joining in on the conversation.

So join Young Minds on World Mental Health Day by wearing something yellow to work and donating to Young Minds. It could be a tie, t-shirt or even lipstick – if you’re feeling daring. Take a photo of yourself wearing yellow and send it to me so we can upload to Twitter & Instagram and share our #HelloYellow support!

Once you have done this simply Text YMYM00 and £x (replace x with the amount you wish to donate) to 70070. Donations of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 can be made The full amount will go to YoungMinds.

Keep an eye out on all of our social media pages to see what we get up to and to find out how you can support our projects.

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Support with progression in Uxbridge

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Zoe, our specialist support worker in Uxbridge is working with young people aged 16 – 24 in Hillingdon Borough who are NEET (not in employment, education or training) to support them into employment, apprenticeships & traineeships.

Do you have young people who need this support?

Zoe is working with local providers and employers to ensure young people get a chance to progress successfully.

Please contact us to find out more and to make a referral.

01895 272478

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

Uxbridge Open Day

Monday, May 15th, 2017

We are looking forward to our open day and would like to see you there!

On Thursday 25th May 2017

At 12pm – 2pm

asphaleia Uxbridge, 195b High Street Uxbridge UB8 1LB

Our event will give you an opportunity to come and view our centre, meet our staff and find out if our projects may be suitable for the young people you come into contact with. It will also allow those of you that already know of us catch up with new projects and see where your young people attend!

Please RSVP to Zoë

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

01895 272478

 

Uxbridge Open Day

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

We would like to invite you to our open day at our Uxbridge Centre.

On Thursday 25th May 2017

At 12pm – 2pm

Our event will give you an opportunity to come and view our centre, meet our staff and find out if our projects may be suitable for the young people you come into contact with. It will also allow those of you that already know of us catch up with new projects and see where your young people attend!

Please RSVP to Zoë

zoedowsett@asphaleia.co.uk

01895 272478

 

Young people learn about the Kabor Project

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

This week in workshops young people have been learning about the Kabor Project, Sierra Leone.

asphaleia action has been working in Kabor for 12 years now supporting vulnerable women and their children. The young people in Worthing were able to reflect on their own surroundings and realise the extent to what life is different for people in Sierra Leone.

Keen to help, young people designed cards and have written messages to send to Sierra Leone over easter.

For more information about The Kabor Porject in Sierra Leone or courses we offer to young people please contact 01903 823546

If you see something say something

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The news this week has presented a story in which a dad was reported to the police after checking into a Travelodge with his young daughter.

Police were called to the hotel after staff had expressed concerns for the child’s safety. The child’s dad had booked the last remaining double room for himself and his daughter for a trip away that he had given her for a Christmas present. On arrival at the hotel staff questioned the father and asked to see identification of himself and his daughter – they had concerns that something a lot darker was occurring.

So what was going on?!

If you see something say something!

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a manipulative, horrific and often invisible crime that can affect people from all walks of life in every corner of the world- so how can people help? How can we spot the signs? How can we report any suspicions?

The ‘If you see something say something’ campaign is working to help local businesses- including hotels, takeaways and leisure centres – to feel confident in spotting signs of CSE and confident in reporting concerns. One of the groups of young people that the campaign is benefitting is young people who have run away from home – most of these young people discussed that they had been to hotel parties whilst they were missing. At these parties in hotel rooms older people befriended younger people and offered them drugs, alcohol and gifts and then forced the young people into sexual acts. Hotel staff were unable to spot the signs and intervene, professionals noticed learning potential for community working and ‘if you see something say something’ was born.

The campaign aims to help staff recognise signs of sexual exploitation and the avenues of reporting by equipping businesses and community with the tools to identify and respond to children who are in need of protection. It is hoped that staff will feel confident in acting on suspicious behaviour and protect vulnerable children and young people.

What are your thoughts?

Travelodge are now investigating the incident – perhaps some development is needed, the father has suggested for the website to suggest carrying identification of children to prevent innocent situations from becoming misconstrued. The incident must have been incredibly stressful for the family and no doubt would’ve put a dampener on the beginning of their trip however it shows how much of an effect that the campaign is having – professionals are feeling confident in their ability to question situations and feel confident in reporting their concerns to protect children- and that can’t be a bad thing, can it?

When children are not able to recognise that they are in an exploitative or dangerous situation, or are scared to disclose abuse, we need adults around them who can spot the signs and have the confidence to do something about it. Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s business – from a hotel receptionist to a member of parliament, from a government minister to a local taxi driver.

 

Join Prince William and Lady Gaga – show it’s ‘Ok to Say’

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

There are just 5 days to go until the first mental health marathon and the #oktosay campaign films are playing their part in showing us all why it’s OK to talk about mental health.

Lady Gaga has now released her own #oktosay film, where she discusses her own battle with mental health with Prince William.

You can watch the video here and find out more about the Heads Together Charity

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

Here at asphaleia we always strive to tackle the issues around mental health and support other charities campaigns in doing this.

Over the last week, people from all around the UK have shown that talking about mental health is #oktosay by uploading a photo with someone they turn to for support.

asphaleia would love you to join in and help us show that it’s #oktosay.
All you need to do is upload a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of yourself with the person you talk to when you need support for your mental health. It could be an old or new picture with a friend, colleague, family member – anyone. Just make sure you tag #oktosay and #HeadsTogether

You can also send tag and like us on our social media sites to see how we support mental health.

Instagram: @asphaleiainsta

Twitter: @asphaleiaaction

Facebook: @asphaleia

 

Organisational Learning & Development Week 2016!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Monday 17th October – Friday 21st October 2016 marks asphaleia’s annual Organisational Learning & Development Week!

L&D Week is a great opportunity for all asphaleia staff to explore further the issues and themes affecting the everyday lives of our service users, and discuss these topics via our online forums.

This year we are focusing on the themes within the asphaleia Young People Pledge, each day we will be focusing on topics within each pledge;

  • Your Voice
  • Your Differences
  • Your Health
  • Your Safety
  • Your Education
  • Your Future

As well as sharing information, knowledge and resources among colleagues, there will also be quizzes and prizes daily!

We look forward to another excellent week of Learning & Development.

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action’s Social Media – Taken Over

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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On Monday 23rd November, asphaleia action began a week of ‘takeover’ with their young people.