Activities, fun, friendship and work-related experiences for young people with additional needs aged between 14 and 25 in Monmouthshire
Newsletter: Spring 2018
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 through the year.
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Public Service Board sets out its plan to improve well-being in Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire’s Public Service Board has published its well-being plan which sets out how it will improve well-being in the county – both now and in the future.
The Public Service Board (PSB) is a collaboration of public and voluntary sector services in Monmouthshire which has worked to develop the plan, setting a clear purpose of building sustainable and resilient communities. Informed by data, research and what the people of Monmouthshire said was important, the plan sets four objectives and the Public Service Board will work collectively on these to improve economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being. The four objectives are:
- Providing children and young people with the best possible start in life.
- Responding to the challenges associated with demographic change.
- Protecting and enhancing the resilience of our natural environment while mitigating and adapting to the impact of climate change.
- Developing opportunities for communities and businesses to be part of an economically thriving and well-connected county.
Find out more at: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/our-monmouthshire
Building Bridges is now supporting Monmouthshire People First
We're delighted to be supporting Monmouthshire People First, a member-led, self-advocacy group who help people with learning disabilities, across the county, get their voices heard.
Find out more at: monmouthshire-people-first.org.uk
Project and funding update
Whilst we may have been unsuccessful in our independent bid to the Lottery for funding, the team have working hard on alternative sources of funding and we are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our request to Health and Social Services for some of the ICF Funding made available by the Welsh Government to support the Health and Wellbeing Act. This award should mean that we will be able to keep the project running until at least Christmas 2018.
In addition to the above, in the south, we have secured £1750 for Top Stop Coffee Shop from Pitch My Project (with thanks to MHA); and in Monmouth we have receive a donation from the Monmouth Charities for Chill Out plus with various other smaller donations and grants.
But we are not stopping there! Other grants are available, and we are working with our friends at MAGIC to put together a joint bid to the Lottery. Something we have to do for that is to ask everyone ‘what sort of service would you like in the future? – so we need you to fill in a survey.
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!
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.
Check out our 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.
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
There are lots more of our stories in our Newsletter back-issues which you can download from the links below: