This October, our team in Whitley shares with us about the work they’ve been doing in the past month. From finalising Foundations course to schools work – there’s never a dull moment in the Whitley office 🙂
We started Foundations this year in February intending to do 5 weekends and finish in June. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ended up doing 1 or 2 sessions every couple of weeks online from March to July and we have had our final weekend just a couple of weeks ago, face-to-face this time. It was so lovely to be together again in person (socially-distanced of course) and it was a special way to finish this very unusual Foundations course!
We have had two new additions to our schools work provision: Aaron and Sherlon have now joined our team at a local secondary school. This means we now have 2 teams going in once a week each. It’s very refreshing to have some guys on the team:)
We have continued to run workshops around topics including identity and communication, as well as continuing to build relationships with the young people.
We were also able to run a workshop around the young people’s experience of crime and exploitation locally as part of the ROC conversations in Reading. The Reading ROC conversation has been commissioned by the Home Office as part of a nationwide initiative to address the causes of violent crime and mobilise local communities to deliver relevant responses within their unique context.
As most of you probably know by now, our grand event – the Benefit Dinner – had to be postponed until the 9th of October 2021.
Because of that, we’ve decided to set aside Saturday, 21st November 2020 at 7.30pm to do an online Zoom Gathering to catch up and celebrate this year. If you would like to join us for the 21st – please let us know so we can send you the Zoom link.