My Bnk Budgeting Course for Care Leavers
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:
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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LCT Christmas party 20th December 2017
My name is Melanie and I attended the annual Leaving Care Team Christmas party on Wednesday 20th December in Thornton Rd, Carshalton. This year, the party was split into morning and afternoon sessions with the morning session tailored to care leavers with young children, which was the session I attended along with my 2 year old son.
I was welcomed by one of the Leaving Care Team administrators and she showed me into the party room where I was greeted by the Leaving Care Team Manager and some of the Personal Advisors. My little boy was unhappy upon arrival, but one of the personal advisors engaged with him and offered us some festive refreshments and he soon cheered up! The room was set up with Christmas decorations, children's toys and activities such as colouring, gluing and sticking animal masks and Christmas themed pictures (which my little boy really enjoyed).
As I am a Tribe member (Children in Care Council) I thought the party was a great opportunity for me to let others know about Tribe and the fantastic work we have been doing. I also talked about our upcoming budgeting workshop for care leavers to be hosted by ‘My Bank’ on 13-14th February 2018, which others found really useful.
Overall the event was a great chance to meet other care leavers facing the same issues as myself being a young parent. We discussed our childbirth experiences, baby names, clothes and other baby related topics.
Thanks to the Leaving Care Team for organising the event.
Watch this space for feedback on the next Leaving Care Team/CiCC event!