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12th April 2019

Stressed About Exams?

 

Exams – it’s a stressful time and you might be reading this feeling like the pressure’s building. We all know they’re coming, but as the exam dates get nearer, you might find you need a bit of extra support to get you through the next few weeks and months.

See the link below for details of the exam stress support offer in Sutton this year through the Sutton Alliance Partnership.  We have a range of options for young people experiencing exam stress, as we know this can be a particularly challenging time.  Full details can be seen by clicking on the link below :

https://www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/exam-stress-sutton/

3rd October 2018

Celebrating Success 2018!

Celebrating Success took place on Saturday 29th September 2018. Held at Epsom Downs Racecourse and organised by Sutton’s Children in Care Council, this annual event is used to celebrate the achievements of looked after children and young people.

 

An incredible 89 young people and their guests turned up on the day, some in fantastic fancy dress, to collect their certificates and gift vouchers and take part in activities with their foster carers, family members and friends. Fancy dress costumes ranged from Disney princesses to Harry Potter to knights of the realm, Oliver Twist and even a Gangster Granny!

 

Nadine Wyatt (Participation Officer), Ben (Chair of UNITE), Zoe (Chair of TRIBE) and Jonathan Williams (Assistant Director of Children’s Services) opened the event with speeches. During the ceremony, the young people and their guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea, where they were able to sample sandwiches, mini pizzas, sausage rolls, cupcakes and fruit salad.

 

All 89 young people were called to the stage in groups according to their nominated category; personal achievement, academic achievement, sports achievement, work achievement and multiple achievements. Councillor James read out the nomination and presented a  certificate. The children and young people were so excited and grateful for their award and gift voucher. Once the award ceremony was finished, the activities hall was opened.

 

The hall had a photobooth, chocolate fountain, candy floss and popcorn cart, funfair stalls, under 5’s play area, teenage ‘chill out’ zone, arts and crafts stall, hair and nails pamper stall, raffle table, sports area with a football table and table tennis, as well as a Children in Care Council stall. The children and young people had a fantastic time, the venue was full of laughter and happiness! It was brilliant to see children and foster carers mingle and meet new people.  

 

When it was time to leave, all the children were directed to the CiCC  “goodbye” table to help themselves to books, magazines and sweets; the children and foster carers loved it!

 

The CiCC received a lot of praise on how well the event had been organised and were assured all the children enjoyed themselves, wishing it didn’t have to end!! The Children in Care Council would like to thank all the volunteers, children, foster carers and social workers who assisted with organising the Celebrating Success event! A special ‘thank you’  was given to the CiCC team, Nadine, Oonagh, Lou, Melanie and Zoe.

 

We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

26th September 2018

Sutton United Football event

On Saturday 15th September, the Children in Care Council held an activity event at Sutton United football ground, in Sutton for children under the age of 10. We had 9 young people attend and have the opportunity to be coached by a professional learning new tricks and skills. The children had around 1 hour and 20 minutes on the pitch, running around and playing. All the children that attended learnt how to dribble the ball, perform kick ups and took part in team playing. The football coach split the children into 2 teams for a match resulting in a draw, making them all winners! At the end of the match, the children helped tidy away the balls, bibs and cones.

 

After the match, the children washed their hands and took off their boots and we went into the allocated room for pizza and snacks. We asked all the children what part of the event  they enjoyed most and what they wished they could do again; to which they replied they’d do the whole day again! The football coach gave the children a medal, which they loved !

 

We also talked about the forthcoming fancy dress event Celebrating Success.  We had many suggestions and ideas about what characters the children wanted to dress up as, including Gangsta Granny, Oliver Twist and Frozen! There were lots of questions about the activities at Celebrating Success and there was a great response when I confirmed the chocolate fountain and candy floss cart would be making another appearance!

 

Watch this space for a Celebrating Success report!

26th July 2018

Opportunity - LIFE course

 A LIFE course at New Malden Fire Station from Monday 30th of July to Thursday 2nd of August 2018 and I need to sign up some young people aged 14-17 and I was wondering if you could help me?

 

The LIFE course is an opportunity for young people aged 14 to 17  to spend 4 days with the London Fire Brigade to learn about the services that the Fire Brigade provide but also;

·         To become a firefighter for 4 days

·         Learn the same training techniques as operational firefighters

·         Learn fire safety and escape plans

·         Carry out ladder rescues

·         Wear Breathing apparatus in our smoke chamber

·         Consequences of hoax calls

·         Consequences of Anti-Social Behaviour

·         Formulate planned rescues

·         Be officer in Charge of the Watch

 

These are just some of the challenges that they young people will face thorough out the 4 day course!

 

The hours for the LIFE course are 8.30am to 3pm (cooked breakfast, lunch, snacks & drinks provided free of charge)

 

The Pass Out Ceremony for the LIFE course will be held on Thursday 2nd of August at 2pm, all Family and friends of the young people will be invited to attend.

 

All young people who attend the LIFE course will receive a LIFE Portfolio (containing certificates, assessment sheets and course schedule) , this can be used as an addition to their CV for applications for higher education and/or college etc.

12th July 2018

Quad Activity Week 30th July - 3rd August

The week is open to children, young people & parents who are working with the following teams: Sutton Locality Teams, Youth Offending Team, Targeted Youth Support, Leaving Care Team.  
 
The theme for the week is (Celebrating positive integration) the week will consist of activities such as Boxing, Football (for children with disabilities), Zumba for children & Parents, Parent coffee drop in advice, Movie club for under 10's,  Talent show, Music workshop & Tots & Teens session for babies and young mothers. Food and refreshments will be provided on a daily basis. 
 
This is a great opportunity to provide our children, young people & families free activities/ advice and information during the summer holidays. Referring is simple, All staff need to do is simply complete which day they would like their client to attend via a google form. 
For Boxing & Football a consent form will need to be completed by parents. 
 
 
Any staff who would like to refer a young person or parent please see attached forms and complete the google link below:
 
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeD4M2QJ0Q7U7mvf1h6JQngLawkiavpO-CX58FFxqG9FLmEig/viewform?usp=sf_link
 
 
If you would like any more info please feel free to email Rachel Chesworth - rachel.chesworth@sutton.gov.uk or Brian Duffus - Brian Duffus brian.duffus@sutton.gov.uk