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Learners Create asphaleia Cafe with Halloween Themed Menu

November 28th, 2018

Last month, asphaleia learners ran their very own café for the staff. Our learners made, sold, and marketed all of the items on their very spooky menu.

Their menu included:

Boonanas – bananas with chocolate faces.
Fingernail Salad – grapes and passion fruit.
Spiders – Grapes and chocolate
Mummy’s Delight – chocolate covered shortbread with marshmallow bandages.
Blood Punch – Apple, cranberry, ginger juice and sparkling water.

Our learners wrote a clear list of what needed to be done and then spread the workload fairly so that they were working as a team. The food preparation team cleaned down the food preparation area and ensured everyone was ready to handle food. They then prepared all the food while the marketing team named and prepared the menu and calculated the cost of the food items and set the menu prices. After the food had been prepared the waiting team went to find customers. They spoke to various staff members in a polite manner and took their orders. All staff members were given chocolate coins to pay for their food, meaning that the waiting staff had to calculate the cost and give accurate change. This was an excellent opportunity to gain work experience in a safe and friendly environment. Once ordered the wait staff relayed the information to the food preparation team and they plated up the orders for the wait staff to deliver to our lovely customers.

Our learners said: “I really liked doing asphaleia café and I want to do it again.”

“I really enjoyed making all the food, I’d never really done anything like this before but I liked it.”

“I thought that I would be really bad at taking orders because I don’t really like talking to people but I was actually really good at it. It helped me know that it wasn’t that bad.”

If you or someone you know could be interested in our On Track learning programme, please call 01903 522966.

Returning Staff Member

November 28th, 2018

Carol Ann is back!

I began working for asphaleia in Uxbridge back in 2006. I became the 5th member of a very new outreach service delivery support to unaccompanied minors. It was all very new to me at the time. I had come from a care support background working with the elderly and adults with LD and had little to no experience or understanding of the asylum process. I learned loads in those two years, not just about the job but also about myself. I soon found I was able to identify and empathise with the YP purely because of my own life’s journey.

Those first two years prepared me for the next role with asphaleia, which took me to Worthing, From 2008  to 2012 I became a full time live-in house parent. This was probably one of my favourite jobs of all time.

To this day I sometimes bump into some of those YP I had supported and lived with. To see them grown up and some with children of their own gives me a sense of purpose. I feel the satisfaction of being a small part of the development and nurturing of such young vulnerable people cannot be measured. So when people ask me why asphaleia, I can only think back to the great times I had working with these YP and can honestly say, this is why.

My new role as service coordinator for the reception service brings me back to working in the same house I once worked and lived in for many years. But the role is very different now. I currently am split between the reception service and the outreach support service for the semi-independent accommodations.

Welcome back, Carol Ann!

What my day-to-day looks like 

My day is often very busy as the window of opportunity to prepare these YP for their next steps on their  journey is only around six weeks within the reception service. In comparison to my days as a house parent this is very different. It is a fast-paced with all the same appointments to attend such as solicitors,  home office, social service meetings, medical and education but with such a small window of time to work with the YP makes the experience much more intense. Although the service may seem appointment driven the YP’s development to independence is equally a high priority for me. The YP leaving the reception service will be going on to some form of semi or independent accommodation. Therefore it is important to ensure they leave with some life skills.

Prior to returning to asphaleia I was working with vulnerable adults and YP with the West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership service. In this role I gained knowledge and experience enabling vulnerable people maintain their tenancies and avoid homelessness. I am grateful for the years experience I gained within that role and can see how this can be beneficial supporting the YP at asphaleia as they move into independent living.

To find out more about asphaleia care’s services in Sussex, West London and Kent, please visit our website or call 01903 522966.

Learning at asphaleia training – What do we Offer Young People?

November 20th, 2018

We are halfway through the autumn term with our new learners who were offered a place at asphaleia for this new academic year.  Our classes resumed on the 10th of September 2018 after a month long Intensive Summer Programme. It is indeed an exciting year ahead and we at asphaleia training are looking forward to another rewarding year of paving the way to success for our young people.

We realise that the transition from their home country to the United Kingdom can be very stressful as young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their lives. asphaleia aim to provide an ideal environment for promoting both intellectual and good emotional well-being among our young people. Now that our young people have a place with us, we will be making that process as smooth as possible to ensure that they have a fruitful experience at asphaleia.

At asphaleia training, our young people are at the heart of every decision. Everything we do is about ensuring their experiences here help them develop in a caring, supportive environment. We have high expectations and aspirations for every one of our learners and we believe in taking a robust approach to accomplish this as our vision is that our learners aspire to be the best they can be.  It goes hand-in-hand with Nelson Mandela’s thoughts

Image from Reddit.com

 

 Who are we?

asphaleia is a registered Further Education Provider and has been rated Good by OFSTED recently. We run learning centres in Sussex and West London offering an alternative learning environment that is open 52 weeks of the year. We offer OCR accredited qualifications at Pre-Entry through to Level 2 as well as internally recognised certificates of achievement. Qualifications include Functional Skills Maths, English (ESOL), Vocational Courses and Employability programmes. We aim to enhance the delivery of education establishments by providing additional support for their young people who need it and will be able to complete their programme within one academic year. It is an ideal route as it provides an opportunity to get qualifications that enable young people to make a positive transition into higher level education or work. We also run personal development courses focusing on developing confidence, self-awareness and self-management.

We help learners to overcome any barriers to learning with support with travel, equipment, clothes for interviews or specialist job equipment and our facilities are accessible for all learners with disabilities or specific needs. We will work to help any young person to create their programme for progression.

We recognise that everyone has an important part to play in a young person’s development and that all contributions no matter how big or small are valued. We therefore seek to work in close partnership with parents/guardians and other professionals at all times. Please join us, and together we can take positive steps towards building a better future for our young people.

We are now offering our training service in BOGNOR REGIS!

To make a referral, please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk or call our learning centre in Worthing on 01903 823546, or our learning centre in Uxbridge on 01895 272478.

Anti-Bullying Week

November 19th, 2018

National Anti-Bullying Week– 12th-16th November 2018

What is bullying?

“There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.” For more information, please visit: www.bullying.co.uk

Over the week and across the different locations of Worthing, Kent, London and Bognor Regis, staff and young people have been participating in different activities and discussions for anti-bullying week.

Odd Socks

In order to raise awareness, asphaleia joined many organisations nationwide who wore odd socks on Monday 12th November. Our creative and colourful effort was rewarded with Bullying UK tweeting us to let us know how great our feet looked!

 

Choose Respect

The theme this year for Anti-Bullying week was ‘Choose Respect’. In the 1:1 mentoring sessions and lessons staff have been talking to young people about what respect means to them and what they consider to be respectful. One of our staff members remarked:

Respect was a huge part of today’s topic and the statement that I encouraged them to take away from today was ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ We’ve also talked a lot about posting only positive things online; staying away from any kind of spread of negativity and respecting people’s differences in that we all feel different things and different things will trigger us.” (Ruby, asphaleia action)

Furthermore, in our 1:1 sessions in care and SAFE WL, young people commented that:

  • I feel respected when”People listen to me, when people treat me the same”
  • Showing respect to people is important because… “It shows that you care, so that their feelings do not get hurt”
  • I demonstrate respect for myself when I…”show that I am proud ofwhat I have achieved.”
  • I wish people were more respected becauseSome people are affected more ways than others”.

Wall of Kindness

To spread kindness, asphaleia training created a Wall of Kindness to encourage positive words being shared amongst staff and young people. These are just ‘snapshots’ of some of the things we got up to this week, where staff and young people both learnt a lot and had fun at the same time.

 

For more information and pictures,  you can follow us on our social media, @asphaleiainsta, @asphtraining or ‘like’ us on Facebook as asphaleia. Alternatively, for more information on our ventures, please call 01903 522966.

asphaleia Worthing Centre Open Day

November 15th, 2018

On Thursday, 1st November, asphaleia action and training hosted an open evening for prospective learners and their parents, carers, support workers, and professionals to visit our centre. We are really proud of the work we are doing at the moment and were really excited to discuss all of the services we offer, and the work they have been doing to support young people. In training , we were pleased to talk about our On Track, Make Trax, and ESOL provisions, show student work and take visitors around the centre.

Similarly, we promoted asphaleia actions SAFE project, a project that aims to reduce the risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people in West Sussex. SAFE works alongside schools, colleges, children services, local authorities, youth services and other professional organisations to provide a service of helping vulnerable young people identify and address their needs, build on their self-confidence and skills, strengthen ‘safer’ social networks and signpost them to other support services if further needs are identified.

Our tutors were available throughout the evening alongside student volunteers to answer questions, hand out literature about our ventures and explain student displays. It was brilliant to have professionals, parents and carers alike showing their interest in asphaleia, where we hope to have something helpful for every young person. We will be hosting more open days throughout 2019, and hope to help many more young people throughout the coming year via our training and action ventures. We hope to see you at one soon.

If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from any of our services, call us on 01903 522966 for more information or an informal chat. Alternatively, you can email graciethorne@asphaleiavlc.co.uk with questions and queries.

SAFE Kent British Values Workshop

November 12th, 2018

One of the sessions the SAFE project delivers to newly arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Kent is on British values. The session covers some of the values and norms, as well as laws which include responsibilities and rights.

The young people engaged well in discussions when comparing values and laws across the countries they were born in and in Europe. Some discussions covered politics and how the systems may differ, even when countries may both be ruled by a form of democracy. Young people are very aware that the Police in England are here to deal with crime, which is often very different in their home countries where there may be different groups or corruption that deals with crime.

We had some interesting conversations about respect, what this means and how this manifests in different ways in different countries. Some of the young people offered respect for their elders meant not looking them in the eye, whereas here it is seen as more respectful to look people in the eye. We also discussed diversity and tolerance as England has such a diverse population when it comes to nationalities, ethnicity, age, religion and sexual orientation. We also discussed how these play different roles in different countries- religion might be much more important in other countries, and diversity in sexual orientation or disability might be frowned upon or create difficult situations. The young people created some poster art after our discussions.

Interview with an Independent Visitor

November 12th, 2018

An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer befriender for young people in care. All young people in care are entitled to this service from their local authority if it is deemed to be in their best interest. asphaleia are proud to provide the IV Service for London Borough of Bromley.

A still from the video created by the IV Network, ‘A Friend by Nature’

One of our most recent recruits is a guy called Seb. He was matched with his young person in June and has been consistently meeting his young person once a month and establishing a supportive friendship with him. They have gone out for dinner, been to the cinema, and visited a local historical attraction. Seb’s young person has said having a visitor is ‘excellent’ and he can ‘talk to him about any concerns [he] has’.

I asked Seb some questions about the role so far…

  1. How long have you been an IV now?

Nearly 6 months now.

  1. What’s been your favourite visit?

Going to London Dungeons.

  1. How did you find the induction training?

Very informative and helpful. I was provided with good resources that helped me plan interesting visits.

  1. What’s the best thing about being an IV?

Being able to have fun with someone new.

  1. Would you recommend it to other adults looking to volunteer?

Definitely would recommend it to anyone that enjoys working with children and wants to make a positive difference.

If you would like to enquire about being an IV, please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk.

asphaleia Open Day Thursday 1st November

October 24th, 2018

Our open day is for prospective learners and their parents, carers, support workers, and professionals to visit our centre. Our staff will be on hand to discuss all of the services we offer and show you around the centre, whilst our young people will tell you what they think of their learning at asphaleia.

Our open day is taking place on Thursday 1st November, 4pm-6:30pm at 22 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing. 

At our open day we will be presenting information about the organisation as well as specific information about asphaleia training and our charity, asphaleia action. You will have an opportunity to find out more about the qualifications we offer and other support we provide young people in West Sussex.

If you would like to book to attend please call us on 01903 522966, or email graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk.

Sunny Sports and a Showcase for Training

September 21st, 2018

The young people who attended asphaleia’s training summer school this year made the most of the opportunity to learn in the sunshine, through a variety of sports, dance and drama activities.

The first half of our summer school began with some friendly competition on Worthing beach. Our ESOL learners participated in volleyball matches and tried their luck at mini-golf. They also helped to prepare a delicious picnic that they ate after the activities in sunny Victoria Park, before heading back to the training centre and working extremely hard on their Maths and English. In addition, our ESOL, English and refugee students undertook a collective three week project. They developed a fantastic show based around personal monologues, music and acting, whilst surrounded by a set and props they created, before performing the ensemble in front of an audience at Ivy Arch Dance Studios, Worthing.

The performance was influenced with the help of the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT),  who went above and beyond to enhance the showcase. They taught our young people a dance routine, some interpretative dance, and allowed them to explore the ins and outs of the theatre, including trapdoors, backstage, and even underneath the stage! The professionals at BRICTT also supplied some information of theatre and dramatic arts around Sussex, helping to contextualise the visit.

Within the fun and creative activities our learners experienced this summer lay a wealth of skills that they can take forward to further learning, training or employment. These included learning communication skills – both verbal and non verbal – practising teamwork, confidence and dedication in order to pull the show together. As a result, the young people made great progress towards earning their Life and Living Qualification. A huge thank you to BRICTT for the amazing classes, and a massive well done to our young people who worked very hard over the summer; you should be very proud of yourselves!

 

Are you 16-24, looking for free advice, teaching and work experience? Interested in obtaining qualifications whilst having fun and making new friends? Get in touch to find out how asphaleia can help you start planning your future, today. Telephone: 01903 823546 Email: trainingreferrals@asphaleia.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Sexting – Why is it so Popular With Teenagers?

September 17th, 2018

Reuters Health most recent study suggests: ‘At least one in four teens are receiving sexually explicit texts and emails, and at least one in seven are sending sexts.’

At safe, West Sussex, we regularly receive referrals to our project for teenagers who have sent nude, or partially nude, images to someone they know, and sometimes even someone they have never met, via the internet. This is an increasing problem in secondary schools, but why is it that some teenagers feel that is ‘the norm’ to send these types of images?

Sexting – what is it?

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.   These can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smart phones, laptops or any device that allows you to share media and messages.

Sexting may also be called:

  • trading nudes
  • dirties
  • pic for pic.

(Definition taken from NSPCC website)

Sexting – Why do it?

Sexting can be a healthy way for young people to explore sexuality and intimacy when it’s consensual.  After speaking to some of the teenagers safe are currently working with, some of the reasons they give for why teenagers do this are:

‘It’s a new thing, they want to try it out.’

‘It’s shown in films as being normal (e.g. romantic and comedy fims).’

‘It’s on Instagram and Snapchat, usually with year 9 or 10 pupils, so people think it’s ok to do it too.’

‘You might do it privately between your boyfriend or girlfriend.’

‘I think 95% of adults in their 20s and 30s do it, so why not?’

Sexting – What are the dangers?

The most obvious danger is that when these images are sent to someone you believe you can trust, they could send these on to anyone anywhere in the world.  Just because you are in a relationship with someone, it does not necessarily mean you are with them forever.  When relationships end, sometimes there are bad feelings and bitterness because of the break up, and these photos could be sent onto other friends, contacts online or schoolmates to try to embarrass the sender.  Don’t forget that the sender has no control over who else can see their image,  once it has been sent it to someone else, they can do whatever they like with that image.

These photos could also be used to blackmail the sender into sending other images.  When images are stored or shared online they become public. Some people may think that images and videos only last a few seconds on social media and then they’re deleted, but they can still be saved or copied by others. This means that photos or videos which a young person may have shared privately could still be end up being shared between adults they don’t know.

Young people may think ‘sexting’ is harmless, but it can leave them vulnerable to:

  • Blackmail  An offender may threaten to share the pictures with the child’s family and friends unless the child sends money or more images.
  • Bullying  If images are shared with their peers or in school, the child may be bullied.
  • Unwanted attention  Images posted online can attract the attention of sex offenders, who know how to search for, collect and modify images.
  • Emotional distress  Children can feel embarrassed and humiliated. If they’re very distressed this could lead to suicide or self-harm.

Sexting – The law

What the law says:

Sexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child. A young person is breaking the law if they:

  • take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend
  • share an explicit image or video of a child, even if it’s shared between children of the same age
  • possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created.

However, as of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn’t in the public interest.

Crimes recorded this way are unlikely to appear on future records or checks, unless the young person has been involved in other similar activities which may indicate that they’re a risk.

If you are concerned about the images being shared by a young person you are working with, then safe, West Sussex can help.  We work with young people either on a one to one basis, or even in small groups to discuss online safety, the dangers of sexting and healthy relationships.  If you would like to make a referral, please contact either kayjones@asphaeia.co.uk or rubygarnham@asphaleia.co.uk or call asphaleia’s head office on 01903 522966 and ask to speak to Kay or Ruby.