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Recruitment workshop

If you're looking for tips on how to update your CV to make it eye catching to employers and want to know the 'do's' and 'don'ts' in an interview and much more - then we have the workshop for you! If you would like to attend this workshop at The Quad, Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1JW on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 13.30 - 16.00 then please contact your PA or the LCT on 0208 770 6600 for more information.

Please note there are only 15 places available, so please register your interest with your PA, ASAP.


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Pamper Day Party!

On Sunday 25th March a ‘Pamper Party’ was held at a local hairdresser’s named Degenis’s. The day was organised for the Unite CiCC (Children in Care Council) members for an afternoon of relaxation and treats. Eight girls attended the event and as our guests arrived they were warmly greeted by the staff of Degensi’s.  One foster carer had travelled all the way from Kent for her 3 excited young girls to attend the event!


With music playing in the background, we began with two girls at a time having their hair curled and another three girls having their nails painted while others tucked into party nibbles.  


Some girls created ‘Melting Beads’; pegboards were laid out and a peg pattern created. A member of Degenis’ staff took each design, covered it with parchment paper and ironed over it, resulting in the beads melting and sticking to one another.  This was a lovely keepsake to take home.


Once each treatment had finished the girls would alternate so that everyone had a turn. Then the music was turned up and everyone was dancing and enjoying the party atmosphere. We also had a karaoke machine and took turns to sing along to some favorite tunes.


Then, the best part of the day … the chocolate fountain!! Everyone got excited and tucked into strawberries and marshmallows coated in chocolate. Yum!


As the event came to an end, everyone was gifted with a party bag which contained some bracelets, nail varnish and treats.


Thank you to Maria at Degenis for hosting the party and Nadine (LBS)  for organising the event with a great local business, which everyone enjoyed.

Melanie (Children in Care Council Member)


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Mybnk workshop - 13th and 14th February

Hello, my name is Melanie and I attended the London Borough of Sutton two day, money budgeting workshop run by  Mybnk, at the Civic Offices on 13th and 14th February.


The aim of this workshop was to increase the access, use and motivation of young people to use digital tools to develop their money management skills and help build confidence with their budgeting.  


Over the two day course we:


  • Completed a booklet on what our money goals will be in 5 years time,

  • discussed income and expenditure

  • Looked at good and bad money habits and

  • Considered new habits we want to commit to.


We also looked at:  attitudes towards money, budgeting, sources of income, wage slips, tax, NI (National Insurance), how banks work and different methods of borrowing money.


During the event, we engaged in groups activities. In one of the activities, we split into 2 groups, with the two Leaving Care Team Personal Advisors joining in. We could wish for anything we needed and wanted to survive on a desert island but were only allowed to write down 6 items.  We discussed what we ‘needed’ and what we ‘wanted’ to survive on the island and the difference between both. We established a ‘need’ is essential but a ‘want’ is a desire and discussed how that relates to money management.


We were also informed about an App called ‘Spending Tracker’ which I have tested. This App allows you to add your income and expenditure and tells you how much money you have left. When adding in your expenses, you choose from categories such as eating out, clothes, general, shopping and more, however if a category you want is not listed, you can add it in. This App also shows a pie chart of where your money has been spent.

Ten candidates attended the workshop.   All the young people that attended both days will receive a certificate and a £15 gift voucher. The Leaving Care team provided lunch, refreshments and travel reimbursement for the young people.  We also had positive feedback about the course, see quotes below:


“All sections were very helpful”

“I recommend this course to anyone looking for financial help”

“I can now budget my money more effectively to save to go on holiday.”


The two day workshop was a great success and everyone that took part gained important information about budgeting and managing money.


Thanks to everyone involved in putting the course together.


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Business Tour - Tuesday 10th April

Business Tour - Tuesday 10th April 10am-12 noon (in the Easter holidays), Unit 5 , The Tramsheds, Coomber Way CR04TQ  . We feel privileged to have been offered (for our older children) the opportunity to visit Naturally Thinking, a company that makes Cosmetics ( including skin/facial creams, shower gels, massage / aromatherapy products and many more) from purely natural products. The visit will include a tour of the premises to see how ingredients such as lavender, basil, mint etc are taken from the ground, how the scents/oils are taken, mixed, bottled and packaged for Customers.

Please contact Nadine Wyatt on 07739631627 or if you wish to attend - we are limited to a maximum of 15 places so first come first served. This event is free, Carers are welcome to attend and transport support is available if required.


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Local Safeguarding Children's Board

Hello, my name is Zoe and I am a member of the Sutton Children in Care council. On Thursday 22nd February 2018 the London Borough of Sutton’s LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children’s Board) team arranged and carried out a workshop. The LSCB is a body set up in each local authority to coordinate all the agencies involved in children's safeguarding whilst promoting the welfare of children in Sutton. The event was arranged to discuss the 3 Year LSCB Plan.


The event was held at The Holiday Inn, Sutton. We were sat at tables of around 7-10 people with mini laptops and notepads. We started the session with an icebreaker which helped everyone settle in.  There were a variety of attendees including social workers and senior managers from Sutton, housing association and health care professionals, teachers and police.  


We looked at the plans for year 1, 2 and 3 individually and analysed the objectives.


I contributed my ideas and recommendations about which services the LSCB should keep or change. I also expanded on how and what the LSCB could do to improve its service. I advised having social media and video conferencing aids is more suitable for young people, rather than formal meetings in a room. Video conferencing is more ‘young people friendly’ ie, skype and facetime.


We were also asked to “keep or change” items relating to a survey completed and analysed before the event. For example, there were questions on children in care’s engagement and the meetings they attend, their mental and physical health as well as housing. I provided vital insight and answered honestly, as this will help the LSCB make the best decisions around their future plans and recommendations regarding children in care.


I really enjoyed meeting all the other people in the room and listening to their views. I found it very interesting to look at the 3 year plan and see what was expected to change or continue in Sutton, in future years. I also enjoyed the fact I had input to the 3 year plan on behalf of other children in care. It was really good to see a diverse range of people sharing their thoughts and ideas.


Thank you to the LSCB for organising the event and inviting me.

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My Bnk Budgeting Course for Care Leavers

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Are you a Sutton Care Leaver and would like support with budgeting?  My Bnk are holding a two day budgeting course at Civic Offices in Sutton on 13th and 14th February.  Please contact you Social Worker or PA if you would like to attend.  See flyer below:


My Bnk

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Youth Safety Workshop

Hello, my name is Melanie and I attended the Youth Safety Workshop on the 6th December 2017 at the Sutton Life Centre, organised by the London Borough of Sutton Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) team.


The workshop focused on a survey that was sent to young people last summer, asking how safe they felt in Sutton and if there were any issues making them feel unsafe, including issues online and around the borough. Many findings came out of the survey, most notably that 30% of young people reported feeling unsafe in parks in Sutton and that 1 in 3 young people feel unsafe online, alongside further issues related to discrimination and Sutton Town Centre. The aim of the workshop was to find out what why young people reported these issues causing them to feel unsafe, and what they, alongside partner agency representatives, feel could be done to improve the safety of our young people. The 4 areas that were discussed were: hate crime and discrimination, e-safety, crime and safety in Sutton.


Upon arrival there was a great lunch for everyone to enjoy before the workshop took place. Two local police officers attended from Sutton Police Station, two youth workers from the Quad and other representatives. Michael Wyatt, Youth Engagement Officer, People Services introduced the session and the Detective Chief Inspector for the Borough Police spoke about how to keep ourselves safe and what to do if we see a crime taking place in Sutton.


There were 4 groups of 6-10 people per table, including young people and adults, discussing various themes. A total of 7 Sutton schools were represented by students and their safeguarding leads. I went to the youth workers table where we discussed what areas we felt most unsafe in.  Everyone around the table said they felt unsafe “in parks during the evening”. We discussed our reasons and what we thought could be done to change this. We also spoke about areas we did feel safe in and what is different about those areas. 


We were asked to write down any crimes we had witnessed in Sutton and what actions we took at the time and what actions are appropriate to take when witnessing a crime.


All young people that attended were given a goody bag with a certificate, gift voucher, wristband, pencil and leaflets about support when reporting a crime and information regarding hate crime.


Overall, I felt that the event was a huge success and very informative.  The LSCB team were pleased with the insight they had gained from young people. Information on how to raise awareness around youth safety in Sutton was shared and everyone had the opportunities to ask questions.


Thank you LSCB for organising a great event,



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AFC Wimbledon - Sports Coaching Traineeship Programme

AFC Wimbledon is currently looking to recruit young people  who are looking to kick start a career in the sports industry and sports coaching for its Sports Coaching Traineeship programme, run in partnership with SCL that starts in February 2018.  Candidates should be 16 - 18, live locally, have qualifications up to Level 1 and 2 only and not be currently in full time work or education over 16 hours per week. To be considered applicants must be interested in sport and working with young people, be enthusiastic, reliable, responsible and good time keepers.

The AFC Wimbledon Traineeship will provide a three month full time work placement from February - April 2018 with the organisation where you will shadow Foundation coaches at a number of school, afterschool, Saturday morning Player Development Centre and early evening community sessions learning the fundamentals of community sports coaching in football and multi-sports.  Participants will also complete Functional Skills and Employability qualifications as well as a Sports Coaching Award.

For further information and an application / interview date contact Georgia Heasman at the Foundation on 020 8974 5712, or email


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New Website

Our New Website, supplied by Cygnet IT Services, is now online.