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The £500 Fundraising Challenge continues!

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

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

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

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.

Open Day in Uxbridge for NEET young people

October 20th, 2017

The Youth Talent project is holding an open afternoon for 16 – 24 year olds in Hillingdon Borough.

Alongside the Hillingdon Borough’s Participation Team, Zoe will be welcoming young people into the centre so they can come and find out more about progression support.

The Youth Talent project is dedicated to gaining traineeships, apprenticeships and employment for local young people.

Please come along on

Friday 3rd November

1pm – 3pm

If you would like to find out more please contact Zoe or check out our blog to read our success stories!

01895 272478

07743 279435

Do you need help looking for work?

October 20th, 2017

ARE YOU 16 – 24?

DO YOU NEED A JOB?

Do you live in Hillingdon Borough?

We can help you for FREE!

Text us today…

07743 279345

Self Harm is affecting more young people than ever before

October 16th, 2017

37,000 children and young people per year are admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries” (Young minds, 2017)

 Types of self harm

”It is a range of things that people do to hurt themselves in a deliberate and often hidden way” (MHF, 2006)

  • Cutting
  • Burning / scalding
  • Head banging
  • Breaking bones
  • Punching body
  • Inserting/swallowing objects/poisons
  • Throwing self against something

Who self harms?

Anyone can self harm, there is no set ‘type’ of person. Due to a level of disassociation, there may be a lack of acknowledgement/ realisation around this.

What to look out for and how to support someone you suspect of self harming…..

”Self-harm is a way of expressing very deep distress.” (MIND, 2012) 

  • Taking notice
  • Offering to listen
  • Supporting them to access help when needed

 Seeking further support

If you are self harming or thing about self harm or suicide and feel able to speak to someone about this, please consider talking to…..

  • A Friend
  • Parents/carer/extended family
  • A friend’s parent/carer
  • Teacher/tutor
  • GP/school nurse

Further support

Celebrate Sons and Daughters month for Fostering

October 16th, 2017

This month we are celebrating the sons and daughters of our foster carers for sons and daughters month! They play a huge role in home life for a fostered child and we are delighted to be able to celebrate their valuable contribution to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Let’s introduce you to one of our sons and daughters as they tell us more about offering their home to a fostered child.

What is your favourite part about being a foster sister or brother? Teaching and learning new things with them… playing with them, doing everyday things with them, laughing together or crying together sometimes.

What is the hardest part about being a foster sister or brother? Saying good bye and sometimes listening to them shouting at my parent.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself since your family started fostering? Strength & weakness? I guess I found out that I am stronger than I thought; even though it was hard to say good bye it didn’t stop me from wanting to say hi to the next child. And I guess my weakness is that I don’t always understand others problems and how they affect their lives.

Are you interested in fostering? If so, please give Kim or Tendai a call on 01903 522966.

asphaleia support World Mental Health Day

October 12th, 2017

On October 10th staff and young people across asphaleia supported World Mental Health Day and the #HelloYellow campaign

Staff who wore yellow donated to Young Minds who support children’s and young people’s mental health across the country.

 

 

We also looked at mental health and well being in the workplace and took some time to read the tips and use the resources that were shared.

”Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it is important that we discuss it with friends, family AND colleagues.”

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Did you know that Safe West Sussex offer parent liason?

October 10th, 2017

At safe we offer support to parents whose children may be at risk of being exploited or parents of those who may be at risk of becoming a perpetrator.

Ware here to listen to concerns. Just as we know that every child is unique, we know that every family is too and each family requires unique support. We provide non-judgemental, confidential support to help parents recognise and build on the strengths that they have to protect their children and reduce their risk of harm. We understand that CSE is hugely distressing however we can’t ignore it in the hope it will go away. Learning about CSE, knowing how to spot signs and being aware of the support available will give parents the tools they need to be able to support their children and help to keep them safe.

We can:

  • Help parents to recognise and understand the signs of CSE.
  • Listen to concerns and ideas.
  • Equip parents with tools and knowledge needed to help to protect their children.
  • Inform parents about the latest trends including up to date information on apps and online resources.

We can offer support via email or telephone conversations or 1-1 meetings in the community. We have resources that we can send out via email or post containing information on CSE and online safety. Please let us know if you would like us to send you out some of these resources.

If you would like some extra support please don’t hesitate to contact us today either by emailing rubygarnham@asphaleia.co.uk and kayjones@asphaleia.co.uk or calling head office:  01903522966