May has been a great month for our Whitley team. We have made great progress with our schools work and we welcome a new arrival to the team!
The arrival of Reneta!
This month we welcomed into the office Reneta, the newest member of our team! Joining us from India, Reneta is our new full-time youth worker, who will be with us for the next year getting fully involved in our schools and community work.
End of Re:Start programme
This month we’ve come to the end of Re:Start, the vocational programme we’ve been running one day a week for some of the Year 10/11 students we work with. The sixteen weeks have flown by! We’ve taught units ranging from interpersonal skills to employability skills, teamwork exercises – and with help from council groundskeepers and local tradesmen, taught them some base skills in horticulture, plumbing, and painting/decorating – and practical lessons on health and safety in the workplace. Some great mentor-pupil connections were made, and feedback from the council and school staff has been positive all round.
Students and team working on the Caversham Court flowerbeds
Last week we had a final meal at the Harvester to say a big thank you to those that helped deliver the course, the council for making it possible, and to the kids for sticking through it! It’s been hugely rewarding to see the kids get stuck into the practical stuff and to take them through the interpersonal/employability skills that will set them up as they go into college and work life. We’re also hugely thankful to members of the local community and local churches, for providing us with delicious home-cooked meals each week – which was always a wonderful time sharing food and time together with students and mentors.
School/council staff and mentors on the final day
End of term approaching
With the end of term fast approaching, many of the students are sitting their GCSEs and having interviews with local colleges. Supporting them where possible and appropriate, we’ve been encouraged to see the mostly positive attitudes the students have had going in to and coming out of exams. Other activities at the school we’re a part of are continuing well. We’re continuing to work alongside Reach (previously known as Learn4Life) who, on a weekly basis, run a lunchtime club for year 7 and 8s and coffee and cake for the staff at the school. This really gets to the heart of what we are seeking to be in school – a blessing to staff and students alike.
The sixteen weeks have flown by!
During the sixteen weeks of re:start some great mentor-pupil connections have been made, and feedback from the council and school staff has been positive all round.
Arrival of our new youth worker, Reneta
This month we welcomed into the office Reneta, the newest member of our team! Joining us from India, Reneta is our new full-time youth worker, who will be with us for the next year getting fully involved in our schools and community work. Reneta is settling in to her new accommodation, staying as a lodger in a local family home, and has secured most of the funding she required for the year.