Activities, fun, friendship and work-related experiences for young people with additional needs aged between 14 and 25 in Monmouthshire
Newsletter: Autumn 2017
Building Bridges Saving Scheme!
Starting January 2017 we will be starting a saving scheme for the young people on the project. This can then be used to pay for more costly activities such as camping and water sports that come up in the summer. You will be able to pay into this at our regular youth groups or the main office and will be given a receipt for the money you have put in. It can be anything from £2 a week depending on your budgets but it all adds up!! We are hoping this will help you with budgeting for activities throughout the next year.
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Thank you to Waitrose Monmouth for their contribution of £309 to our project, to the Monmouth Charity who have donated £500 to our Chillout group in Monmouth and to Caldicot Town Team for their donation of £473 to our youth club in Caerwent. We also raised an amazing £860 on the Christmas Raffle!
Building Bridges Christmas Raffle – 1st prize £100 cash!
Raffle tickets are now available from your Project Workers and Bridges Centre! The raffle will be drawn at our Christmas Night Out on Thursday 24th December at Chepstow Racecourse. Any parents who would like to help sell tickets please let us know.
Top prize of £100 cash generously donated by JM Construction. Other prizes include; a £75 Bike Park voucher, Sunday lunch for four at St Pierre, £40 to spend at the Lounge in Monmouth, a 3-course meal for 2 at Pizza Express, 4-week family membership at Monmouth School Sports Club, 2 tickets to Chepstow Racecourse, mid-week golf at Woodlake Park Golf Club, afternoon tea for 2, paint-on-me voucher, 2 tickets to Bristol Zoo... and more!
2018 and beyond – help needed to secure a sustainable future for the project
As many of you know we have been unsuccessful in our bid for further Lottery funding – a big disappointment for everyone. However, this is not the end for the Building Bridges project, we are fighting on. We have been successful in securing a donation from Monmouthshire County Council plus some new Respite money from them that has come from Welsh Government. This interim funding, plus the money we have worked hard to raise over the past year, mean that we currently have enough to carry the project on until at least April 2018.
We are now looking at how we run the project and which parts can become as sustainable as possible. We will also be looking to other funders, partners and donors who might be able to help carry the project forward. If you have any ideas or suggestions as to potential donors, can offer any help, or would just like to chat more about plans for the future please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Beccy Williams and the team at Building Bridges
On 8th November staff from Building Bridges made a presentation to a group of professionals attending the Strength-based practice study group, telling them all about the project and the models of good practice we have developed.
A busy, fun half-term has just finished with young people participating in zombie workshops, geocaching, trampolining, a big night out spooky-style and a trip to the cinema.
The young people working with DRILL have been hard at work over the last few month and in the next month or so will be finishing off their research and collating their findings.
We are expecting to hear from the Lottery in early December if our bid for a new project has been successful – we will keep you updated.
Rio has been working with D of E and the Gwent Police commissioner proceeds from Crime Fund, and we have recently received £900 to buy equipment and prepare young people on the project working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
We have also secured some respite money from Monmouthshire and are work together with MAGIC to put together a variety of events and activities. MAGIC have already had an evening session to themselves at Techniquest – the respite money enabled Building Bridges to provide 3 members of staff to assist parents and their children in having a fun and save evening.
Congratulations to all those young people on the project who have either past their driving tests or their driving theory in the past few months.
Plans for Christmas are in full swing – check out the calendar page.
Thank you to our dedicated fundraisers
To Tracey Millet for organising a Bingo event at the Labour Club in Abergavenny on 6th October which raised £260!
To Ruth Roath who ran two yoga sessions in Catbrook on behalf of our Project which raised £225.
To Wyesham Community Project who raised £200.
An opportunity to work with the young people who engage with our project
The Building Bridges Project are looking for enthusistic Personal Assistants to provide support and encouragement to the young people who engage with our project.
or email Beccy Williams (the Project Manager) for more information
on phone: 01600 710 895 or 07879 332 280
Check out our new YouTube channel
We've just launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which some of the young people who have engaged with the Building Bridges Project tell their stories in their own words.
£500 donation received
We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the Beaufort Coaching Inn and Brasserie, Raglan for their fantastic donation of £500.
Our 'Big Event' and Impact Report
The Building Bridges’ big evaluation and celebration event took place at the Bridges Centre in Monmouth on 28th June and we'd like to thank everyone who involved in making it so special; particularly the young people told their stories through dance, poetry, drama and video. We'd also like to thank the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, our evaluators CARP Collaborations and the parents who spoke about the project's impact on young people in Monmouthshire.
Spring has been a busy time at Building Bridges
There has been a lot going on at Building Bridges the last few months! Our evaluators have been visiting various groups getting valuable feedback from young people, parents and carers. Thank you to all that took the time to come along to one or more of the events!
The project also has a new public Facebook page www.facebook.com/buildingbridgesmonmouthshire – please visit, like and share!
Our Big Event
On June 28th we are holding a Big Event to celebrate the project! The young people (and staff!) will be working hard over the next month to get ready. If you feel like you can help please let us know!
DRILL - Young people and friendships – what matters to us?
This research project will explore with young disabled people aged 14 – 25 how patterns of friendship change also, what helps and hinders friendships to form and be maintained. How are friendships linked to participation within community activities? Are young disabled people at risk of social isolation – what contributes to isolation and what can relieve it? More info at drilluk.org.uk
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