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asphaleia go Quakers! celebrating young people’s achievements

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

On the 13th July 2012, 10 young people and three members of asphaleia care staff ventured out to taste some “city air” in busy London. After an hour and a half journey from Worthing, we finally arrived in London Victoria at 11am. Spirits were high, and especially those young people who had arrived in the UK recently, were keen to explore London.

(Un)Fortunately, our walk from London Victoria to Piccadilly coincided with the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham palace, which was surrounded by masses of people – a welcome opportunity to take the first few pictures and soak up a little bit of London history.

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We then lined our stomachs at Pizza Hut, where the speculations about the rest of our trip continued. Young people had been told that we would take part in a London sightseeing tour, both by coach and boat. Most young people were even more confused after seeing the vehicle that would take us along the River Thames. Was it a boat? Was it a coach? No, it was a DUCK! During our tour, our friendly guide did not only tell us about the history of London, but also let us in on the secret of the origin of the DUCKs, the amphibious cars used by British soldiers during World War II.  Even those young people who regularly travel to London were impressed by the amount of famous sights the UK capital had to offer. “I go to London quite often, but I hardly ever go to visit the sights,” one Young person commented. “There is just so much to see and find out about”.

After driving through Whitehall and Westminster, our duck took to water near the home of James Bond, the famous MI6. Despite a few cases of minor seasickness, we all arrived back at the London Eye safe and dry and made our way back to Worthing.

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“The purpose of the trip was to celebrate the young people’s achievements throughout the year, ” explains Davina, Sussex care team leader, “to show them that we are proud of them – and to have some fun.” We sure did!

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Staff Awards Day

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

A sunny day at a Brighton hotel in March was the occasion all staff, volunteers and carers came together to reflect on the year of 2011. The themes of the day were celebration, learning and plans for the future. Staff were introduced to; a new quality mark – Hear by Right – which we will be working towards achieving this year; Three Champions fundraising campaign for the KABOR project; a new Skills Set training programme developed by Dave for all staff working 1:1 with service users.

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From our recent success in achieving Green Mark level 1 award we are focusing on working towards achieving Hear by Right; a quality standards framework to assess and improve policy and practice on the participation of children and young people. Staff engaged in discussion about present participation and what it could look like. Exciting possibilities!! Later in the morning, we were joined by young people who are currently studying on our training programmes to hear what it is like trying to find jobs in the current climate. Although all of the young people expressed being incredibly nervous, beforehand, joining us for lunch after the session they spoke of the confidence boost gained from it. Staff were informed and inspired by their presence and the ideas of improvement and action flowed! In one small group, a young person who wants to become a nursery school teacher but was nervous about interviews and lacked confidence in this area came up with the idea of observing asphaleia’s HR process even sitting in on interviews to gain the experience and understanding of what employers may be looking for in interviews. For many years young people have participated in the interview and selection process however we are going to take this additional idea forward. Watch this space!

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For months teams have been scheming, planning and training for the Three Champions Challenge to raise funds for The Kabor Project in Sierra Leone. From a kayakathon to a 50 mile bike ride on the South Downs, just listening to the physical challenges lying ahead for the staff teams was inspiring with all funds raised going directly to helping young women and their children in our Learning Centres in West Africa. The fundraising goal of £7500, when raised will have a significant impact on the provision. Click here to read more about the Kabor Project. The first team up are The Kayakathon team this weekend! You can support them by clicking here. We wish them well!!!

To complete the day we reflected on 2011 events, the highs and the lows, the challenges and the successes. This culminated in the Staff Awards for 2011;

Staff Member of the Year

Karen Ploghoeft

Dedication to Service Users

Jodie Brown

Special Achievement Award

Shriti Lakhani

Team of the Year

Princes Trust Team – Candice, Ashley and Vanessa.

Venture of the Year award

asphaleia Fostering

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Congratulations to everyone!

Ready. Set. Go!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Ready. Set. Go! programme begins Wednesday 22nd February at 9.30am at our Learning Centre!

It is a 6 day programme over 2 weeks, including a qualification that will boost your CV… AND… a FREE tour of the spectacular Brighton and Hove Albion Amex football stadium! For more information on how to sign up call 01903 823546 or drop in to our Learning Centre.

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Dave models his present from the Kabor Project!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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GCC news just in….

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Day 13 and Team Extreme are currently running past the competition and are 73 miles ahead of the closest team behind them (as of 31st May 2011 9.46am)

Catch up if you can…!!

Fostering information evening this coming Wednesday

Friday, May 27th, 2011

On Wednesday 1st June, asphaleia fostering are hosting an information evening in Worthing to tell people about fostering with our agency.

The evening begins at 7.30pm and will finish at 9pm. Please come along to our learning centre at:
22 Liverpool Gardens
Worthing
BN11 1RY

You will find out what fostering with asphaleia looks like, who we are and what we can offer you, the kind of carers we are looking for and you will get the opportunity to meet some of our carers directly.

If you would like to come along, please book a place with Hayley Roffey on 01903 522966.

Off to Sierra Leone

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Two of our UK based staff have safely arrived in Sierra Leone to visit our Kabor project.

Keep checking on the blog this week for updates and blog diary entries to find out how Jurgita and Shriti are doing.
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Kayaking for action

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This Sunday, asphaleia tutor Ashley Potter will be kayaking along the river Thames in aid of asphaleia action.

The London Kayakathon runs concurrently to the London Marathon on 17th April and will see more than 50 experience kayakers paddle 26.2 miles. The main aim of the event is to raise money for a variety of charities.

“I am completing this event to raise money for asphaleia action’s work in Sierra Leone,” explains Ashley. “Please give where you can – it is a real challenge but totally worth it if lots of money is raised!”

Please donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/asphaleiaaction or contact Ashley on 01903 823546 for more information. Thank you.

Ashley (in the front) competing in last years' Kayakathon

Ashley (in the front) competing in last years' Kayakathon

Another successful project completed

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

One of boost’s project management clients is celebrating the successful completion of their London Development Agency (LDA) funded project.

“The project has been very successful having either achieved or exceeded all project targets – we are extremely pleased with the outcome” explains boost manager Emma Hotston.

“Since 2008 boost has provided project management expertise on behalf of our client. boost supported the success of the project by managing a delivery partner, submitting claims, providing auditing, monitoring and evaluation services, and reporting management information monthly” continues Emma.

“This project management function enabled our clients to focus on delivering the project and achieving the targets” she adds.

The London-based project was co-financed by the LDA and the European Social Fund. The project supported more than 160 young people aged 16 – 24, providing accredited qualifications, Information Advice and Guidance and progression support.

If you would like more information about the project management services boost provides, please contact a member of the team on 01903 228092.