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13 August 2013 - Out Meeting Young People

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This week I have been on 3 support visits. My first was to see Spelthorne YSS Young Mum’s group who have been really busy doing loads of activities and organising their trip to the beach. They are working at bronze level and doing challenges which include “turn up to group each week” and  “complete the race for life.” Some are using the awards as motivation to “finish college course work on time” and are now thinking about their last challenge! They have a well deserved trip to the beach next week so have fun everyone!


lisa  melody-roseI had a chat with one young Mum, Lisa Chapman, she had this to say:

“I like doing the YAA because it helps me get motivated with everything we are doing at young mums… I mean I love coming here because its great fun and Robyn organises loads of stuff for us to do and learn, and putting the bronze with this gives us more reason to get involved because I need to reach my targets.”


My second visit this week was to one of our new PU’s Phoenix Youth Centre where I met up with Natasha Adams at the Junior session on Tuesday evenings. I arrived before the young people and had quick briefing on what to expect when the doors open - it was very busy but great fun seeing the young people getting involved in the cooking session where they were learning how to make a fruit salad and getting to eat it afterwards in the kitchen. In the main hall there was a bunch of lads playing football and having a laugh (wasn’t fun for me as I’m normally the one who always gets hit by the ball) but they were really enjoying themselves and getting everyone involved - definitely something else we can help accredit! In a quiet but very hot room to the side there was a few young people having a discussion about were they want to go on a summer trip… they chose a day trip to Brighton! Great Choice! And then in the lobby they had more young people playing pool and just socialising on the sofas. Whilst all this is going on they have young leaders keeping an eye on all that is happening and it is just a great environment to be in. I spoke to a few young people who were really interested in doing the Youth Challenge and they came up with some great ideas for activities so next time I visit they should have made a start :0)


My third support visit this week was to Banstead Youth Centre. The young people here are very motivated and have great ideas for challenges and georgie bansteadtargets and, now in their 2nd year as a PU, they just get on with it! 3 girls from the centre completed their Youth Challenge, then their Bronze and are now working at Silver. They are flying through their Awards as they attend 3 session a week and help out and take part in these sessions also.

Others at the centre have gone straight on to Silver as they have now become young leaders and taking more responsibility within the club.

A few of the lads at the centre have been doing challenges outside of the centre including: “Go fishing once a week” “Eddie Stobart Truck Spotting” and “Go to work with my dad”. It’s great to see the young people taking their YAAs home with them to show their parents what they can achieve. Its also a good way of promoting sustainable long-term interests so well done everyone at Banstead… you are a great example of how well the YAA Programmes can work!


I’ve also been in the office catching up with admin and other duties :0) I went to London for the Moderation meeting and I’m pleased to say that, as always, every portfolio I took has passed and will be receiving their certificates and an invitation to our Celebration shortly. Congratulations guys and gals and those who’ve supported them… and keep up the good work!


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