The Woodspeen Restaurant has very kindly offered their support with a budget cooking session in the cookery school for the residents and our support worker. On £15 a week for food, this is a challenge for anyone! They have also offered work experience or a voluntary position in the restaurant, cookery school and vegetable garden. What an amazing opportunity for our young people. (added 19/11/15).
Care leavers' housing poor say MPs: Too many care leavers live in unsuitable accommodation, MPs have warned. A report on the outcomes of young people leaving the care system by the Commons Public Accounts Committee was heavily critical of services and support. http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2015-10-30-Care-leavers-housing-poor-say-MPs (added 3-11-15)
Watermill Theatre Outreach work: thanks to the Watermill Theatre for two recent sessions on personal growth / self-awareness and harmonious living. This covered in part how our attitudes and behaviours have an impact on those around us. The young people participated well and enthused about what they had learned. Added 2-11-15.
Poor support failing most vulnerable young people, say MPs.
The Public Accounts Committee says there has been a "systemic failing" in support to young people leaving foster care or children's homes. Its chair Meg Hillier MP says young adults are "let down by the system that's supposed to support them". The government says it is committed to improving the lives of care leavers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34667481
Care leavers 'cut adrift' due to poor-quality support: An inquiry by the public accounts select committee into the transition of care leavers into adulthood found there are “systemic weaknesses” in the provision of support they receive. The report points to the fact that inspections by Ofsted have found that two thirds of local authorities’ care leaver services are either "inadequate" or "require improvement", and there is no clear relationship between the amount spent and the quality of service. "The scale of variability in the quality and cost of support, and a lack of understanding of what causes this, show that this is a systemic issue, rather than a problem in just a few local authorities," the report states. The report also highlights problems around the Staying Put initiative, introduced in 2014, which allows young people in foster care to stay with their carer until they are 21. See more at http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1154523/care-leavers-cut-adrift-due-to-poor-quality-support (added 2-11-15)
Weather cancels play: we were due to be in Northbrook street with our stand on Friday 30th October. However, due to poor weather conditions, we decided that it would be best to cancel. Our apologies to anyone who had thought they might pop past and talk to us. Added 2-11-15.
Englefield Steam Rally: Our serving refreshments at Englefield to a group of steam enthusiasts went well. It was hard work but well worth it. We made and served home made soup, cakes, tea and coffee. Thank you to Richard Benyon for hosting the steam rally at Englefield and allowing us to serve refreshments to fund-raise. A huge thank you to all the steam enthusiasts for their donations. Also thanks to everyone who made soup, bread and cakes - we couldn't do this without your delicious contributions. A super day for everyone. Photos to follow. Added 28-10-15.
Pangbourne College Parent’s Association: The Bond-themed Ball on October 17th went really well and the monies made from the auction and the lucky envelope draw will come to us along with a percentage of whatever else we make during the year as we are their Charity of the Year. From the photos, they obviously had a V.I.P drop in past! Nice car, Mr Bond. Added 28-10-15.
Christmas Bazaar at Pangbourne College: December 5th in Drake Hall (10.30am to 2.30pm). Please support this great event as a proportion of the money raised will come to us. See below to download a flyer with more information. Added 28-10-15.
Birthday cake: Whether you are 9, 19 or 90, birthday cakes should be special, don't you think? A wonderful theatre-inspired cake was made for one of our residents by volunteer Niki at Freecakesnewbury (see their website at freecakesnewbury.org). Our young resident was delighted with it and got stuck right in. Thanks! Added 28-10-15.
Fostering information evenings with West Berkshire council are on 25 November 2015, 6pm to 9pm and again on 27 January 2016, 6pm to 9pm. For more details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org , 01635 503155
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